by Holly Brown

Reviewer Rating:


Part cautionary tale, part exploration of family relationships, this novel was both suspenseful and thought-provoking. Both mother and daughter were authentic narrators of a story both plausible and disturbing.

"Don't try to find me," reads the note on Rachel's white board when she returns from work to find her 14-year-old daughter Marley missing. Panicked and anxiety-ridden, Rachel sinks into a medicated depression as her husband, Paul, launches a national social media campaign to bring Marley home. The campaign, however, soon exposes Rachel's darkest secrets, positioning her as a potential suspect in her daughter's disappearance.

In terms of my overall rating, I am a bit conflicted. The plot holds together nicely, the characters are well-developed, but something misses the mark. I suppose I expected more in terms of the thrill factor; that, for example, Rachel's dark secrets would actually be dark, rather than predictable and droll. Or that Marley's reason for leaving home would have a more dramatic fallout. Missed opportunities, though, do not necessarily result in a bad story, as is the case here.

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