‘Hold My Hand’ spoiler-free review!

Hey everyone! Today I’m taking part in the Instagram tour for Hold My Hand by M. J. Ford. The book was released a couple of days ago and I managed to read it in time to post a review today! Thank you to Avon Books for sending me a copy.


What the book is about…

When a young Josie Masters sees a boy wearing a red football shirt, Dylan Jones, being taken by a clown at a carnival, she tries to alert the crowds. But it’s too late. Dylan has disappeared…

Thirty years later, Josie is working as a police officer in Bath. The remains of the body of a child have been found – complete with tatters of a torn red football shirt. Is it the boy she saw vanish in the clutches of the clown? Or is it someone else altogether?

And then another child disappears…


What I thought of it…

Ok, I’ll get my complaint out of the way first so I can move on to the positives! This book was not what I was expecting. I don’t know if I’ve maybe read too many thrillers lately but this one just didn’t seem to stand up to other books in the genre that I’ve read in recent weeks. It wasn’t really as creepy as I expected it to be and I was able to guess one of the twists very early on.

HOWEVER! For a debut thriller, this is still very good! Although I guessed one twist, the main one still came as a shock for me. The ending actually turned the whole book around and improved my rating of the book as a whole.

While at first, I didn’t feel much of a connection with the main character, she did grow on me; I began to understand her motivations and I liked that she was a product of everything she’d experienced, flaws and all. I was a little confused that she would have been allowed to work on a case in which she had such a personal interest – but then I’m not familiar with how things like that work. Maybe I’m just nit-picking!

I really liked the circus connections (surprise surprise), though I would have liked it if more had been made of this. The setting seemed to be one of convenience and wasn’t utilised to its full extent, in my opinion. However, the unadorned writing style worked really well for the story and, towards the end, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!

So, a mixed bag of a book but one that, thanks to its strong ending, I enjoyed overall!


Has anyone else read this one? What are some books you’ve read where the ending has made the whole book for you?


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