Mulholland Books, 2012, 448 Pages
ISBN No. 978-0-316-22124-5
Reviewed by Patricia E. Reid
Say You’re Sorry is a gripping story of two young girls who became known to the public as the “Bingham Girls”. Bingham is a small English village and the girls had attended a local funfair the night of their disappearance. There are rumors that Piper Hadley and Tash McBain ran away. Although hundreds of people were searching for Piper and Tash it seemed as though the girls just vanished into thin air. Eventually the public eye moved on to other news.
Piper Hadley tells the girls’ side of the story. Piper reveals to the reader the horrors faced by the two girls, as they are held captive in an unknown location. The horrors suffered by the girls are so bad it is a wonder that they were able to hold onto their sanity. They are convinced that working together at least one of the girls can escape and bring help back for the one left behind.
Three years later, after a blizzard hits the town, a husband and wife are found murdered in a farmhouse. The farmhouse is where Tash McBain had lived at the time of her disappearance. Her family had moved away and the murder victims had no connection to Tash other than the fact that they lived in Tash’s former home.
When Joe O’Loughlin, clinical psychologist, is asked by the police to help in solving this double murder he gets the feeling that the murders are connected in some way to the missing girls. Joe and ex-cop Vincent Ruiz persuade the police to reopen the investigation into the disappearance of the two girls.
The book skips back and forth between the current investigation and the thoughts of Piper Hadley still being held captive. The characters are strong, the story moves swiftly, and keeps the reader’s interest every step of the way. I can’t wait to read more books by Michael Robotham.