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The Second Life of Amy Archer - R. S. Pateman

The Second Life of Amy Archer


Published: 30th July 2013
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A dark, high-concept psychological thriller for fans of SJ Watson.

Ten years ago she disappeared without a trace . . . now she's back.

On 31st December, 1999, ten-year-old Amy Archer went missing from her local playground. Her body was never found and the lives of her parents, Beth and Brian, were torn apart.

On the tenth anniversary of the disappearance, Beth is alone, still struggling with the enormity of her grief and the horror of not knowing the fate of her only child. But the fear and confusion has only just begun, and Beth's world is turned upside down when a stranger knocks on her door, claiming to know what happened to Amy. Beth is introduced to a little girl who is the uncanny double of her missing daughter, who knows things that only Amy would remember; the name of her favourite toy, the place where she scratched her initials, what Beth likes for breakfast. But this can't be Amy; she hasn't aged a day . . .

Now Beth is forced to question everything she has ever believed in, and push her faith and her sanity to the limits, if she is to find out the truth about what happened to Amy.

The Second Life of Amy Archer is a taut, chilling debut novel from an exciting new voice in British psychological suspense.

Read Caroline Baum's Review

I started this the same week that British police announced they were reinvestigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and tried to imagine how profoundly distressing this novel would be to anyone who had suffered the disappearance of a child.

It's been ten years since Amy Archer went missing, and in the wake of her disappearance, her parents Beth and Brian have split. Beth continues to visit psychics in the hope of hearing from her daughter.

Suddenly out of the blue a woman turns up on her doorstep to tell her she knows what happened to Amy and introduces her to Evie, a little girl exactly the age Amy was when she disappeared, who seems to know everything about her and to be somehow channeling her.

An unsettling creepy story about manipulation and hope.

About the Author

R.S. Pateman has been a copywriter working with some of the UK's largest ad agencies and companies. He lives in London.


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    Very easy to read, interesting concept, the ending I think left a little to be desired.

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    A slick and gripping debut. His writing style is rare; the minute details bring to life the characters, locations and the modern world so vividly that scene by scene it is almost palpable WE LOVE THIS BOOK A gripping and well-written tale LITERARY REVIEW 20130624 As secrets emerge, the plot unravels and characters are not what you expect making you crave the final conclusion. This book is a must IRISH EXAMINER You won't be able to put it down. A touching and startling read that is sure to propel RS Pateman's talents WOMAN'S WAY (IRELAND) 20130812

    ISBN: 9781409128564
    ISBN-10: 1409128563
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 432
    Published: 30th July 2013
    Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.3  x 3.2
    Weight (kg): 0.56