I received this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
A mother’s worst nightmare comes true in this novel. 3 years ago, Toni’s 5-year-old daughter disappeared after school. The police have been unsuccessful in finding her, largely because there is simply no trace of Evie from that day. Toni is insistent that her daughter is alive. As the pieces come together, the past comes to light, and reveals a devastating truth.
The first few chapters of this novel hooked me right away. It starts off with the reader hearing from a woman in a comatose state who is completely cognizant of everything around her but is, of course, unable to move. The story switches from past to present, which was done quite well. The novel was fast-paced and there were loads of candidates for the role of antagonist, which led to a fun guessing game.
However, the story suffered because of the characters. There was nothing redeeming about many of the characters and they were all 2D. I really couldn’t feel any sympathy for the main character, and Toni’s actions made no sense to me whatsoever. I found that the plot twists at the end weren’t well developed or explained; they caught me off guard but it was more out of disbelief than anything else. Unfortunately, the rapid pace and switching between past and present wasn’t enough to save this story and I would have to give it an overall low rating in terms of character development and illogical twists.