Burnt Paper Sky by Gilly MacMillan (Book Review #182)

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 19/06/18

My 38th book this year.)

This book has an alternative title: “What She Knew”.

Rachel has taken her 8 year old son to the woods to play. He has asked to run ahead to the swing area. Rachel says yes. She will regret this decision for the rest of her life. It is the last time she sees her son, Benedict Finch, before he goes missing.

Time is ticking and every hour Benedict has not been found means a higher chance of him joining the negative statistics of this situation. The hunt is on. Sometimes you realise people are not always what they seem to be. Be careful of who you trust!


I have no idea why this book has 2 titles. I also think neither of the titles were a good choice for the book. Not that it makes a difference on my rating for this book.

I hated the storyline. I can’t imagine letting my 9 year old running anywhere out of my sight. So I didn’t connect with the mother, Rachel, at any moment. I understand the need to let children grow up but for me, this age is too young to be out of sight in the woods.

After becoming a parent, this is my ultimate biggest fear. If my children were to go missing. No matter how it were to happen, I believe I would blame myself for the rest of my life, whatever the outcome may be. But to go missing in this situation, Rachel really should take some of the blame.

I didn’t engage with any of the characters. I hate how the need to throw in more potential abductors ruins the story. So many books try too hard to include edgy characters who turn out to have nothing to do with the dilemma. This author tried too hard to fit in the bad guys.

I wouldn’t recommend this book to other readers but I am willing to try another book by this author. Apologies to Gilly Macmillan for not enjoying all the efforts you have put into this novel.

Written by Ling Lee (19/06/18).

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