This book should have disappointed me. But it most certainly didn’t.
After I finished reading it I checked out some of the reviews on Goodreads, which is something I never do before I’ve written my own… lest I be swayed, second-guess myself or inadvertently let others’ words seep into my head.
And there were a few negative comments from those expecting a whodunnit of sorts. But… this isn’t one of those books. And I didn’t mind.
And indeed, it’s more about the ‘fallout’ of the event than the event itself. We meet Meredith just before the robbery and abduction so get some insight into the 13yr old. And she’s delightful. We spend the book in her head as well as her mother’s but are privy to the changes and impacts the event also have on Meredith’s older brother Evan – who recently endured his own life-changing experience; and father Mark.
There are a number of themes in this book and the one that hit home (for me) centred around family and relationships. It pops up early in the book as Claire reflects on something that occurred a decade earlier.
And then there’s Claire’s relationship with Mark, her husband. She loves him, but they’re very different.
I was reminded that kids are smarter than we give them credit for. They can see beyond the façade and both Evan and Meredith recognise the respective roles their parents play, even if they don’t acknowledge it.
This is not a novel of suspense. Or a mystery. It’s a study in human nature. It’s about love, relationships, families, fate and resilience. I very much appreciated the ‘journey’ (#sorrynotsorry) Perabo takes us on, and where she ultimately leaves us.
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