The School Trip

Miranda Smith

Publication Date: 13 April 2023

They should have been watching. But my little girl is gone…

On this crisp October day, the class of six-year-old children are wrapped up warm in gloves and coats for their trip to a local farm. They giggle as they stroke the animals and search for the perfect Halloween pumpkin, and as I watch my daughter Claire race off with her friends, the pink ribbon in her hair bouncing, I breathe a sigh of relief. It’s been so hard since my husband died and my sweet little girl deserves to be happy.   

But as the sun sets and the teachers gather the children, Claire is nowhere to be seen.

We call the police and frantically scour the fields and playgrounds, my heart breaking as I cry out Claire’s name. And then a detective shows me a video: my daughter, skipping away from the farm, holding hands with an adult in a bulky coat, their cap pulled down low.

My blood turns to ice. Claire would never leave with a stranger. Whoever took her must be someone I know.

But who could want to punish me this badly? Is it linked to the night I refuse to think about—the terrible night my husband died?

Did my mistakes put my baby girl in danger?

Can I save her by finally facing the past?

Or will I lose her forever when the truth comes out?

A brilliantly twisty thriller that will have you gripped from the first page to the final reveal. Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Ruth Ware and Lisa Jewell.

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“Had me hooked from start to finish, I binge read it in just over a day it was that good! So many twists and turns… didn’t see what was coming! A must-read.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fantastic… I found very hard to stop reading. All the characters were excellent, brilliant storytelling all the way… I cannot speak highly enough about this book, definitely a must-readA thoroughly 5+ stars from me.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Impossible to put down and I read it in one sitting because I just had to know the ending… an absolutely fantastic book that I have been highly recommending.” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Had me absolutely HOOKED from the start!… Took me on a wild ride… One of the best books of 2023!” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

WOW! just wow!… so many twists and turns… I highly recommend it.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I started this book late last night and before I knew it, I was 200 pages in well past midnight and had to FORCE myself to go to bed when all I wanted to do was finish it… absolutely unputdownable… incredible, and not just in terms of suspense (where it was INSANE)…Make sure you have a few hours in your schedule clear before you start this one. Can’t remember the last time I binged a book like this one. I will absolutely be reading more from Miranda Smith!” @litterarysnappy, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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