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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 39 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: September 13, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KN3YFEA
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The reason I gave it 3 stars was because the book was equally hard to put down as it was to pick back up. I found it a very disturbing story and I wish I knew that going in to it. There were points I had to put it down and didn't pick it up again for a few days. Were with other books of a similar genre, I would read everyday. The only reason I finished it was because I needed closure after reading what happened to these women. It's written well with many twists and turns and it's suspenseful as well. However, like I said, the subject matter did not sit well with me at all.
Bottom line - if you can stomach reading the things done to these women (which some people can and I fully admit that I may be in the minority) then it is a well written story. I just feel like I need to warn people who may not want to venture down that road.
Matt and Simone suffer one of the worst tragedies that could befit a married couple. Their six month old baby, Helena, is snatched when out in the park with Matt's mother. Fast forward 18 years and remarkably Matt and Simone are still together and have had no further children. Then, one day, Simone is approached by this young woman who claims to be Helena. She provides enough information and evidence for Simone to not dismiss this outright. What happens next is a veritable roller coaster of ups, downs, twists and turns culminating in an ending that, although I had an inkling, I really didn't expect to be right.
Although not a particularly long book, there is definitely nothing missing from this story. Strong, easy to emote with characters that I was definitely interested in enough to want to get to know. Strong punchy narrative which gets to the point without wasting time. Again, like with "The Girl With No Past", the author tells the story in the present with flashbacks to fill in the past.
A couple of times I stopped during the book as I had a nagging doubt that what I was reading was actually credible. Would Simone really have done that. But then I paused and thought for a second and realised that Simone is a woman who has been holding on to hope for so long and when someone comes along who could actually BE her missing daughter, of course she will do anything for that person. The bond between mother and daughter really is that strong.
My only criticism (and it is a personal one, not aimed at the author) is that the epilogue was a little bit too much (you'll understand when you read it) but, with the rest of the book so blooming brilliant, I am easily able to forgive!
Bottom line, this is my second book by this author and it definitely won't be my last.
I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
It has so many plots I had no idea where it was taking me from one moment to the next. Kathryn Croft has a unique style that as a good author should, makes you forget you are reading fiction but instead makes you feel like you are in the book with fascinating characters that you think you have figured out but really have not. Before I finished the book I ordered her other books. These will be enjoyed throughout the summer, taking me to unknown places that I look foward to!
A 6 month old baby was taken from a young couple (Simone and Matt) 18 years ago. They were devastated but somehow managed to stay together and even lead productive lives. One day out of the blue, a girl approaches Simone claiming she has information about their daughter, which obviously shakes Simone to her core.
WHAT I LOVED:
This book was a non-stop rollercoaster. Once it started, there was never a good place to put it down.
The characters were interesting. I liked they way some of the characters, who should have been opposed to each other, ended up united. Don't want to say more than that, it would give too much away.
I liked Simone's character a lot. She was strong and smart yet vulnerable enough to seem real.
Just the right number of twists without being over the top.
Even after I finished reading, I couldn't stop thinking about all the many layers of betrayal some of the characters placed upon people who they were supposed to have cared about.
WHAT I DIDN'T LOVE:
There were a couple things that seemed a bit far fetched. I don't want to give too much away but It was hard to believe the story could have played out over an 18 year period without the lack of paperwork coming to someone's attention along the line (if you read it, you'll know what I mean). I had to choose to ignore those issues and I still enjoyed the book.
I had my suspicions about the guilty party etc pretty early on, but it was still interesting to see how it all fit together.
Good psychological thriller. I liked it better than "The Girl with no Past." It was better written and more credible. I would definitely recommend it for anyone who likes this genre.