Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

About the book:

Margot Lewis is the agony aunt for The Cambridge Examiner. Her advice column, Dear Amy, gets all kinds of letters – but none like the one she’s just received: 

Dear Amy,

I don’t know where I am. I’ve been kidnapped and am being held prisoner by a strange man. I’m afraid he’ll kill me.

Please help me soon,

Bethan Avery

Bethan Avery has been missing for years. This is surely some cruel hoax. But, as more letters arrive, they contain information that was never made public. How is this happening? Answering this question will cost Margot everything . . 
My thoughts:

First off, I have to say a big thanks to the lovely Ellie Hughes at Penguin for my ARC of Dear Amy, and apologise for not getting to it sooner 😂📚

I started Dear Amy yesterday, and I finished it this afternoon! It only took me 3 sittings to fly through it which I wasn’t expecting! The premise for this book is actually quite interesting, and in the current trend for psychological thrillers etc, Dear Amy is a very good debut! 

While the book flowed well, and the characters were quite well written, the book left me feeling a bit deflated. That is not to say that Helen Callaghan has done a bad job, far from it!!! It’s just that in the current writing trends, with the glut of psychological thrillers coming out left right and centre, I look for something to completely knock my socks off. 

However, Dear Amy is a great debut! I think fans of psychological thrillers will enjoy this, and find the twists and turns engaging, it just didn’t work out for me. Maybe I’m overloaded on this particular genre, it’s been pretty much all I have read lately but it is in no way a reflection on the author or her work!

Helen Callaghan is definitely an author to watch out for, and while this book didn’t suit me, I’m sure plenty of other people will love it! 

Dear Amy is out on June 16th!

Have you read Dear Amy? Would you read it? Let me know in the comments! 😊

14 thoughts on “Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

  1. Hi. Read an ARC too and felt pretty much the same. The whole thing was a little too obvious, think I’ve seen something similar on an episode of CSI or something daft. Might have played better with a bit more suspense if any of two or three characters could have been the letter writer, as it was it was a bit blatant for me. The writing style was okay and like you I read it quickly, I’m just not sure if I cared or not and the secondary characters perhaps weren’t fleshed out quite enough to be engaging. Can’t even remember their names which is not a good sign really.

    1. I agree! Suspicion of others just wasn’t there for me, which I think is key in a book like this! You want to suspect everyone and be proved wrong! I still think it’s a good debut though!

      1. It’s not! Most reviews I’ve seen have said the same! I had to read something totally different after this one as I realised I was just reading too many books with similar plots and was finding that they irreverent hitting the spot anymore!

  2. I absolutely loved the first half but think maybe the reveal was a little too early. The second half had too much switching perspectives and just became a little predictable. Agree she is a brilliant writer.

  3. I more or less felt the same. I haven’t posted on my blog yet because I’m not sure how to describe this book. I liked the writing style, I read to the end and quite liked it. There were some chilling moments but if I really thought about it I could probably pick a few holes in the plot. I think the first half was probably better than the second half. Some things were just too far fetched. Having said that, I would like to read more by Helen Callaghan and I’ll certainly look out for her next book.

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