Genre: Crime Thriller
Three months after four-year-old Holly Gebhardt was kidnapped, she was inexplicably returned to the same park from which she’d vanished…with no memory of the ordeal. Though a local handyman was convicted, suspicion also fell on his friend—Holly’s mother, Cecily. The troubling doubts about her involvement shattered the family, forever driving a wedge between mother and daughter.
Twenty years later, another girl goes missing under eerily similar circumstances. It’s just the latest in a series of kidnappings that Detective Jason Guidry thinks Holly can help solve. Though Holly has tried to move on with her life, a young girl’s life hangs in the balance. All she has to do is try to remember…
With her memory still mostly blank, Holly is missing vital pieces of the puzzle, and she believes her mother can put them in place. In desperation and fear, Holly and her mother come together again. But in a chilling rush toward the past, Cecily still has secrets she’s yet to share with her daughter. Should she dare to breathe a word, she could lose Holly all over again.
My verdict: I had the privilege to read this book thanks to the kind gang at Netgalley prior to it’s release to the general public. I was not disappointed, Brandi Reeds writes with such realism and grit that it gives you the goosebumps that a good crime thriller should envoke. The alternating narratives worked really well with the flashbacks which can sometimes confuse and complicate the plot of the novel for a reader but regarding this novel this was not the case. The past and present were interweaved so well that it aided the plot and the cat and mouse archetype of the novel.
Overall this book is bone chilling looking act how one tragic event can act as a catalyst for the events and choices that follow. Showing us how these can have a big impact on the characters lives and emotions.
Ultimately this novel reminds us how things are not how they seem and not to take things on face value alone. This book deals with injustice, revenge, infidelity, postpartum depression, lust and reminds us that no matter how deeply we bury our secrets, motives or emotions that they will always find away to surface and reveal themselves. Reeds fast paced narrative with each chapter giving us a piece of the puzzle like a flower with each petal slowly unfurling likens itself to writers such as Dorothy Koomson, Shalini Bowland, Karen Slaughter and Tess Gerritsen. This novel suggests that sometimes how well do we really know a person and how can we trust?
I read this in one day – absolutely fabulous, Bravo Mrs Reeds! The first thriller in a long time that I found addictive with many red herrings that kept me guessing until the very end.