Thursday, September 25, 2014


Author:  Sophie McKenzie
Genre:  Psychological Thriller, Standalone
Published:  2013
Personal Rating:  3.25/5 (just okay +)
Format/Narrator:  Audiobook/Marisa Calin
Yearly Count:  66

From NetGalley:
I wake with a start from a bad dream. Anxiety clutches at my chest.  Something’s gone ... something’s missing ... Beth ... Always Beth ...

When Geniver Loxley lost her daughter at birth eight years ago, her world stopped… and never fully started again. Mothers with strollers still make her flinch; her love of writing has turned into a half-hearted teaching career; and she and her husband, Art, have slipped into the kind of rut that seems inescapable. For Art, the solution is simple: Have another child to replace Beth. For Gen, the thought of replacing her first child feels cruel, nearly unbearable. A part of her will never let go of Beth, no matter how much she needs to move on.

But then a stranger shows up on their doorstep, telling Gen the very thing she’s always desperately longed to hear: that her daughter was not stillborn, but was taken away as a healthy infant. That Beth is still out there, somewhere, waiting to be found. A fissure suddenly opens up in Gen’s carefully reconstructed life, letting in a flood of unanswerable questions. How could this possibly be true? Where is Beth? And why is Art so reluctant to get involved?

As Gen delves into the darkest parts of her past, she starts to realize that finding the answers might open the door to something even worse, a truth that could steal everything she holds close. Even her own life.

This book kept my attention; however, that doesn't make the grade on its own.  Unfortunately, there were so many things that bothered me.  It was incredibly predictable, but that wasn't really a bad thing.  It was just a little ho-hum knowing what was coming.  The very worst part for me was everything tied to the suspense.  It dragged and was a bit annoying, but once we finally got there, the character describes everything in the area -- and sometimes, at great lengths.  That's how you kill suspense and anticipation.  :(

I'm ending a bit disappointed, but I was entertained for many, many hours, and glad I finally got to it.

Thoughts of Joy     

My thanks go to Shelf Awareness, NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with an ARC and an eGalley.


  1. Many, many hours? Is it really long?

    1. Bermudaonion ~ If I remember correctly, it was 11 CDs. I was just trying to say it wasn't a short book (6 CDs).

  2. I started this the night before last and now that I'm a chapter or two in, I'm not sure I should bother continuing, especially after reading your thoughts. I'm just trying to make my way through all of my old ARCs.

    1. Les ~ Good for you for delving into your stacks! :) From my experience with this book, I wouldn't bother. There are too many others to explore -- especially if you weren't enticed after the first couple of chapters.


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