The Shadow Child

The Shadow Child


Can you ever escape from the shadows of your past?

'I couldn't put it down!' Sam Blake
'The narrative is multi-layered and bound by emotional integrity.' Candis
'A compelling story of love, relationships, and the grief of two families suffering traumatic losses.' Peterborough Evening Telegraph

Eighteen-year-old Emma has loving parents and a promising future ahead of her.

So why, one morning, does she leave home without a trace?

Her parents, Cath and Jim, are devastated. They have no idea why Emma left, where she is - or even whether she is still alive.

A year later, Cath and Jim are still tormented by the unanswered questions Emma left behind, and clinging desperately to the hope of finding her.

Meanwhile, tantalisingly close to home, Emma is also struggling with her new existence - and with the trauma that shattered her life.

For all of them, reconciliation seems an impossible dream. Does the way forward lie in facing up to the secrets of the past - secrets that have been hidden for years?

Secrets that have the power to heal them, or to destroy their family forever . . .

Readers can't get enough of The Shadow Child . . .

'Make sure you have plenty of tissues nearby, you are going to need them.' Bunnys Pause
'A touching and engaging read.' Sharon Beyond the Books
'A compelling, complex book about the twisting paths of life, loss and hope.' Bookmarks and Stages
'Beautifully written and I can't recommend it enough, it's just so brilliant!' Two Ladies and a Book
'I loved this book.' Varietats
'Overall I thought this was an excellent read, and one I couldn't put down!' Books Cats Etc
'It kept me turning the pages as I was drawn into all their lives.' LibcReads
'A book full of emotion, and a really great read.' Curling up with a coffee
'A truly lovely story that I would absolutely recommend.' Kim's Reading Adventure

About the author

Rachel Hancox

Rachel Hancox read Medicine and Social and Political Science at Cambridge, qualified as a doctor three months after getting married, and has juggled her family, her career and a passion for writing ever since.

She worked in Paediatrics and Public Health for twenty years, writing short stories alongside NHS policy reports, and drafting novels during successive bouts of maternity leave.

She loves singing, cooking, gardening and pottery, and has five children, three dogs and a cat. As someone once said, she thrives on chaos. She lives in Oxford with her husband and youngest children.
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