“Anna’s daughter Julie was kidnapped from her own bedroom when she was thirteen years old, while Anna slept just downstairs, unaware that her daughter was being ripped away from her. For eight years, she has lived with the guilt and the void in her family, hoping against hope that Julie is still alive. And then one night, the doorbell rings. A young woman who appears to be Julie is finally, miraculously, home safe. Anna and the rest of the family are thrilled, but soon Anna begins to see holes in Julie’s story. When she is contacted by a former detective turned private eye, she is forced to wonder if this young woman is even her daughter at all. And if she isn’t Julie, what is it that she wants?” – Amazon
Guest Review by Heather
I should preface my review by letting you know that I listened to the audio book so that could be part of why the book was confusing at times. The book is written by two different narrators – this can take some figuring out as one of the characters goes through a minimum of five names in reverse chronological order throughout the book. The transitions with the multi-named character are choppy at best and downright confusing at worst.
There are some unforeseen plot twists that keep you engaged and make this a fast read. I didn’t care too much for the explanations at the end – just kinda lost me at that point. The ending hurriedly, and I mean hurriedly, tries to tie this all together, but leaves many unanswered questions or unrealistically vague answers.
Fans of suspense will probably appreciate knowing going into the read, that the character changes names throughout, to help them avoid the confusion that stems from that portion.
SPOILERS: The plot relies on the missing daughter not really having a thorough doctor examination (blood sample, DNA test) upon her return, which I am assuming in this day and age would be unheard of. As well as a child who easily sneaks into and out of the foster care system and brushes with police without registering as a missing child.
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