I want very much to give this 3.5 stars.
An interesting book as from the outset we know what is happening with the child who has been abducted. I didn't find it particularly gripping but rather there was an overall sadness throughout the book that made me want to read on. There were several points where I felt an emotional shock. "Oh no" moments rather than "OMG" moments! Definitely a thought-provoking read and an interesting change in perception from many other books of a similar type.