Naomi had always wanted to be a mum. But three years ago, her husband left, taking their daughter with him.
Now, her daughter has come to stay, and Naomi knows it's her chance to re-build her family.
But the night ends in a terrible accident. And Naomi has no memory of what happened.
Panicking, desperate, Naomi finds herself telling a lie: 'My daughter is missing.'
From the outset, 'When They Find Her' had me gripped. This confidently-written debut grabbed me with its utterly unthinkable opening and kept me emotionally invested until the final page. Lia Middleton's writing is so visceral that, at first, I wasn't sure I could continue to read this book as it felt too uncomfortably close to home for me (as someone with a young child). However, I couldn't leave it alone - I HAD to know how it would end. I was completely swept up in Naomi's nightmare and her split second choice with catastrophic consequences.
'When They Find Her' is perfectly-plotted and intelligently written on a subject which continues to remain taboo: mental health, more specifically the mental health of new mothers. This novel is dark and, at times, uncomfortable to read - this is not, however, a criticism but a testament to Middleton's skill as a writer. She captures the terror of being a new mum and puts it to chilling use. I absolutely identified with Naomi and her fears - and how those fears affected her family.
An absolutely stellar debut.