Martin Gregory woke up one summer morning to find that his daughter, Petra, had disappeared during the night. He rushes to her friend, Calli's home and asks Antonia Clark if his daughter might be with her. When Antonia checks Calli's room, she's shocked to find that Calli was also missing.
After a period of panic and uncertainty, police are called and a search is begun.
Calli is a sensitive little girl, aged seven. She suffers from selective mutism due to an incident when she was a toddler. Her father, Griff, is an abusive alcoholic. He's lost his temper with Calli and doesn't accept her difficulty.
Ben is Calli's brother and at age twelve, he tries his best to take care of his sister.
We are given mulitple viewpoints which allows us to feel what the character is feeling while experiencing the action first hand. However, some of the viewpoints are very similiar to others and if they weren't identified by the viewpoint name, it would be difficult to know who was remembering the story's events.
I enjoyed the spunkiness of Calli and the courageousness of Ben. Calli's mother, Antonia, was a rather submissive character, perhaps symbolic of an abused wife. The motives of the antagonist were never clear to me and I wasn't sure why certain events were taking place.
The novel was suspenseful and kept my interest. The scenes were well described and visual although the conclusion was a bit too convenient in resolving one of the story's questions.