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It was meant to be your daughter's first sleepover.
Now it's an abduction.

Lucia Blix went home from school for a playdate with her new friend Josie. Later that evening, her mother Elisa dropped her overnight things round and shared a glass of wine with Josie's mother. Then she kissed her little girl goodnight and drove home.

That was the last time she saw her daughter.

The next morning, the house was empty. No furniture, no family, no Lucia.

In Playdate, Alex Dahl puts a microscope on a seemingly average, seemingly happy family plunged into a life-altering situation.

Who has taken their daughter, and why?

'Quickly exerts a grip' Financial Times

'A tense thriller that felt utterly real' Jane Shemilt

'Fast-paced and unsettling' Guardian

'I couldn't put it down' Rachael Blok

Publisher: Head of Zeus
ISBN: 9781789544091
Number of pages: 464
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Deceptively simple and extremely clever, Playdate is a tense thriller that felt utterly real, with complex, flawed and relatable characters facing underlying fears and horrific possibilities' -- Jane Shemilt
'A tense, exhilarating read that explores every mother's greatest fear - and the consequences of desire. I couldn't put it down' -- Rachael Blok
'The storytelling is crisp [and] there's a terrifying simplicity about the ordinariness of the plot but particularly interesting are the very different responses of the two parents to their daughter's disappearance' * Daily Mail *
'Quickly exerts a grip ... This is proof that Dahl is a writer to watch' * Financial Times *
'Dahl plays with a scenario that is every parent's nightmare as she slowly reveals the truth in this fast-paced and unsettling read' * Guardian, Thrillers of the Month *
'A story with real heart, surprising and chilling but the novel is more than an entertainment. As the story unfolds Dahl's exploration of her characters allows readers to go deep into their psyche, an empathetic tale becomes a very compassionate one - who you have compassion for may surprise you - we can't condone what happens but can feel like we understand it and that is very satisfying ... Atmospheric ... An engaging and emotionally draining read, a superb psychological thriller' * NB Magazine *
'A wonderfully creepy twisty tale that kept me guessing until the solution was under my nose' -- Lesley Thomson
'[It will] have your nerves jangling and your emotions twisting ... A tough read for those of a nervous disposition and an outright scary one for parents for whom the fear of child abduction is always at the back of their minds' * Weekend Sport *
'A lively page turner. And the real skill of the book is not so much in the twists of the story as the manner in which our sympathies for the key characters are shifted quite dramatically' * Irish Examiner. *
'Harrowing and gripping' * Heat. *
'Terrifying' * Sunday Post *
'Fast-paced, [a] very unsettling psychological thriller' * Woman *

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Marnie Harrison

“A thrilling read”

Would you trust someone you have just met with your child? This is the mistake that Elisa makes against her better judgement and has to live with, after a sleep over goes horribly wrong and ends with the abduction of... More

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TripFiction

“Psychological thriller set in NORWAY and FRENCH PYRENEES”

A well crafted and tense opening leads the reader into the dark world of child abduction. Elisa is at school to pick up her young daughter, Lucia, who expresses a keen interest to go on a playdate with a new arrival... More

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Book Off I'm Reading

“This story is every parent’s worst nightmare – and I loved it!”

Set in Norway, the story starts straightaway with Elisa Blix rushing to pick up her children from school. When she collects Lucia the little girl repeatedly asks for a playdate with her new friend Josie, putting Elisa... More

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