What I enjoyed:
- I enjoyed part 1 as the book dived straight into it so I was hooked and interested from the get go.
- The characters were likeable and realistic, especially Hannah. I enjoyed the story from her point of view because I was able to connect with her. She’s a normal person in an unlikely situation and was so out of her depth. Her thoughts, reactions and actions felt realistic and she didn’t do anything that was so far-fetched or crazy.
- The relationship development between Hannah and her step daughter Bailey was wholesome. At the start, Bailey was an annoying and bratty teenager, however I enjoyed how they began to lean on and support each other. And in the end Bailey called her mum.
What I didn’t enjoy
- After part 1 I felt pretty neutral for the rest of the book. The investigation was boring, it felt like they were trying to find a needle in a haystack. The discoveries felt so forced because they were so random, grasping at the distant past hoping to spark memories and recalling everyday conversations.
- There was no real tension or urgency to find Owen. For example, there was no indication that anyone was in immediate trouble, the detectives made an appearance at the start only and were nonexistent for the rest so they didn’t add more pressure. Essentially nothing felt time critical.
- The reveal about Owen’s true past was anticlimactic as there was no mystery built around it. There were little to no clues so it could have been anything and I would have felt the same – Neutral rather than surprised.
Not what I expected
- The genre. This is not so much a thriller or suspense but more of a slow paced domestic mystery. I was never at the edge of my seat and after part 1 I wasn’t dying to know what happens next.
- The dual timeline focused more on the relationships and didn’t build up any mystery. I was expecting to see more bread crumbs and clues.
Eyebrow raising moments:
You will like this if:
You love stories that are more focused on family drama and relationships rather than the thrills or mystery build up.