Tuesday intro: Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon.

tuesdayI’m also joining in with Teaser Tuesday, hosted by The Purple Booker, where you share teasers from your current read. I read a lot of these posts over the course of an average Tuesday so thought it would be fun to join in here too.

This week, I’m reading Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan, another of my recent library haul and which attracted me with the cover but hooked me with the blurb.  Here’s what it’s about…

Dear AmyIn her guise as ‘Dear Amy’, agony aunt for a local newspaper, Margot Lewis has dealt with all sorts of letters – but never one like this…

Dear Amy,

I’ve been kidnapped by a strange man.
I don’t know where I am.

Please help me,
Bethan Avery

This must be a cruel hoax. Because Bethan Avery has been missing for nearly two decades.

But as the present-day search intensifies for another missing schoolgirl, Margot is unnerved enough to take the letter to the police, hoping they will dismiss it as a sick joke.

Instead, they let Margot in on a little secret. One that confirms her darkest fears and tangles her up in the search for the sender, which could save one young girl’s life and cost Margot her own…

And here’s how it starts…

Katie Browne is packing.

She gropes under her bed, seizing her blue backpack with the faux leather trim and begins stuffing clothes and toiletries into it with frantic energy, her eyes blinded by tears.

There is little sense or order in this packing, but that’s all right, because it is the act of packing and not the objects themselves – the grey and green leggings, the Union Jack make-up bag puffed up to bursting with all her lip colours, the maroon jersey top with gold stitching that makes her feel so mature and sophisticated – that makes the difference.

Katie is leaving for good this time.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

Emma x


  1. Oh this one sounds really interesting! Hope it’s a good one!

    1. Me too! Fingers crossed x

  2. I’m intrigued, so I’d keep reading.

    1. I hope it keeps it up x

  3. Interesting start, I would keep reading

    1. I hope it continues to be interesting 😜

      1. Yes it was an interesting read. Thanks for stopping by

  4. The blurb caught my attention to. I can see why you want to read this one. Now I do too! I hope Katie will be okay. I get the sense she is about to get into more trouble than she’s expecting. Thanks for sharing!

    1. It wouldn’t be worth it if someone wouldn’t be getting into more trouble than they meant too 😜

  5. Wow! I really like the sound of this one, especially the part where the police let Margot in on some kind of secret. Now I’m dying to know more! Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “OUR SOULS AT NIGHT”

    1. I hope it’s as good as it seems….I like secrets and missing children in books always seem to do well by me.

  6. The blurb made me want to get a copy of the book. The mystery is how the first paragraph ties in with the rest of the story. I’m intrigued.

    1. I know. I can’t see any connection yet.

  7. Definitely curious; I’d try it. enjoy

    1. I am enjoying so far. It’s nice to be read a physical book too after so many ebooks.

  8. What a fascinating read, Emma. I hope you’re enjoying this one and I look forward to hearing what you make of it:)

    1. Another missing girl…why do I keep having to read these books?

      1. Oh dear… I think you’re so brave – I simply get too upset!

  9. I would definitely keep reading! Now I’m concerned about what happens to Katie and I want to know what happened with the missing girl.

    1. It is intriguing isn’t in?

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