03 May 2024

No One Saw a Thing


By Andrea Mara


Sive, Aaron and their three children travel from Dublin to London for a reunion with Aaron's old university housemates. Sive decides to take the kids on a day trip while Aaron catches up with his friends. As she's about to board a train, she's momentarily distracted by her phone ringing. It's just long enough for her two young daughters to step on board without her. The doors close leaving Sive with her baby on the platform. 

What follows is a frantic search for the missing youngsters. One child is soon returned but the other remains missing. As time passes without any sightings, Sive and Aaron become frantic with worry. Has someone taken their daughter or is she just lost? It seems everyone close to them is hiding secrets and Sive no longer knows who she can trust — even her own husband.

No One Saw a Thing is the first book I've read by this author. I enjoyed the timeline switching seamlessly back and forth between current events and Aaron's student past. The plot was well-constructed with plenty of twists and turns. What I struggled with was the lack of likeable characters; Sive being the only person I could empathise with. Everyone else seemed entitled and stuck-up. 

Having a child go missing in a busy city is every parent's worst nightmare. I thought the author conveyed the panic and helplessness brilliantly. Although it was a good read, it didn't pull me in as much as I'd hoped.   


  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House
  • Publication Year: 2023
  • Author: Andrea Mara
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller


Two children get on the train. Only one gets off...

No one saw it happen.
Your two little girls jump on the train ahead of you. As you try to join them, the doors slide shut and the train moves away, leaving you behind.

Everyone is lying.
It's only when you reach the next stop that you truly begin to panic. Because there aren't two children waiting for you on the platform. There's only one.

Someone is to blame.
Has your other daughter got lost? Been taken by a passing stranger?
Or perhaps the culprit is closer to home than you think…

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