Author: Paula Daly
Genre: Thriller, Standalone
Personal Rating: 3.75/5 (good +)
Yearly Count: 67
Lisa Kallisto--overwhelmed working mother--is the not-so-perfect model of the modern woman. She holds down a busy job running an animal shelter, she cares for three demanding children, and she worries that her marriage isn’t getting enough attention. During an impossibly hectic week, Lisa takes her eye off the ball for a moment and her world descends into a living nightmare. Not only is her best friend’s thirteen-year-old daughter missing, but it’s Lisa’s fault. To make matters worse, Lucinda is the second teenage girl to disappear within the past two weeks. The first one turned up stripped bare and abandoned on the main street after a horrible ordeal. Wracked with guilt over her mistake, and after having been publicly blamed by Lucinda’s family, Lisa sets out to right the wrong. As she begins digging under the surface, Lisa learns that everything is not quite what it first appears to be.
This was a page-turner for me, but not the kind where I'm on the edge-of-my-seat anxious for what will be revealed. It was more of a curiosity-based page-turner. I wanted to know who was kidnapping these children! I had no clue and was actually surprised by a couple plot twists.
Speaking of the plot, there were too many plot points, some were followed up on and some were not. I wondered why I had to read all about A, B or C for nothing. Also, there were too many unnatural set-ups just for the plot to move forward. Those annoyed me. Lisa's character didn't necessarily ring true to me either, but I just may not have met anybody like her yet. Overall, it was a better than "good" read.
My thanks go to Grove Press and NetGalley for providing me with this eGalley. It is scheduled to be published on September 3, 2013.