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Date with Betrayal by Julia Chapman

Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Century
Source: Random Things Tours
Rating: 4’5/5
AmazonHive, Waterstones

About The Book

Eighteen-year-old Emma has loving parents and a promising future ahead of her. So why, one morning, does she leave home without a trace?
Her parents, Cath and Jim, are devastated. They have no idea why Emma left, where she is – or even whether she is still alive. A year later, Cath and Jim are still tormented by the unanswered questions Emma left behind and clinging desperately to the hope of finding her.
Meanwhile, tantalisingly close to home, Emma is also struggling with her new existence – and with the trauma that shattered her life.
For all of them, reconciliation seems an impossible dream. Does the way forward lie in facing up to the secrets of the past – secrets that have been hidden for years? Secrets that have the power to heal them, or to destroy their family forever …


My Thoughts

Why does a young adult decides to leave their parent’s house? It’s not always because the relationship between them is difficult but because you don’t know how to connect with them, too many emotions fill your head that you don’t really know how to put words to them and leaving means removing the pressure of it. To try to express emotions that you don’t know how they’ll be welcomed…
This is a story about families, love and grief. I am a parent and I was a daughter; I didn’t have a good relationship when I was young with my mother, so maybe this is why I could relate so well with the characters of this book. The need to explain your emotions but the fear of not knowing the answer after emptying them; it’s not anyone’s fault, but sometimes is the crack on the relationship with unexpected consequences.
This is the story of Cath and Jim; they thought they were happy together, but then one day, their daughter Emma, left. Now, a year later, they are trying to survive and not fall into the sadness hole. Only trying to imagine what this couple has to feel makes me so sad; not knowing where your daughter is living or why she left; impossible to talk to her and try to solve things…
I loved this book; it’s sad but with very interesting points to highlight about miscarriage, violence, grieve… Yes, the themes that this book talks about are not easy, but it’s in a beautiful way, not to make you sad or bitter but to show you what happens to people around us.
This is a very interesting and sad story; I’ll keep it in my heart for a long time.
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About The Author

RACHEL HANCOX read Medicine and Social and Political Science at Cambridge, qualified as a doctor three months after getting married, and has juggled her family, her career and a passion for writing ever since.
She worked in Paediatrics and Public Health for twenty years, writing short stories alongside NHS policy reports, and drafting novels during successive bouts of maternity leave. Rachel has five children, three dogs
and a cat. She lives in Oxford with her husband and youngest children.