★ ★ ★
I went into this expecting a captivating thriller about a child who goes missing one day at a local festival, and the story as it unfolds through both the daughter and mother’s perspectives. It is well-written, and the prose throughout is poetic, but it was a novel that left me unsatisfied by the ending. It was a book that I kept putting down and took me quite a while to get through due to the pacing, and the mother’s point-of-view became difficult to read. I wouldn’t consider this an intense thriller, but it is a powerful story between mother and daughter with believable emotions when in a situation like Beth and Carmel. It was realistically portrayed with characters that give you an insight into having hope and faith through it all. I gave this 3 stars because I did enjoy it, but it wasn’t as much of a thriller like I had expected.
Newly single mom Beth has one constant, gnawing worry: that her dreamy eight-year-old daughter, Carmel, who has a tendency to wander off, will one day go missing.
And then one day, it happens: On a Saturday morning thick with fog, Beth takes Carmel to a local outdoor festival, they get separated in the crowd, and Carmel is gone.
Shattered, Beth sets herself on the grim and lonely mission to find her daughter, keeping on relentlessly even as the authorities tell her that Carmel may be gone for good.
Carmel, meanwhile, is on a strange and harrowing journey of her own—to a totally unexpected place that requires her to live by her wits, while trying desperately to keep in her head, at all times, a vision of her mother…
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Melville House
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.