Published by St. Martin's Press on August 8th 2017
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Source: Audiobook provided by Libro.fm
From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back...
One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn't add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister's return might just be the beginning of the crime.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, exercising (what? It happens!), cooking and playing semi-mindless games on my phone.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
Last year I read Wendy Walker’s All Is Not Forgotten, which was all kinds of messed up. I liked it, but it was a little hard to connect with the narrator- a therapist working with victims of PTSD by helping them recover memories that had been erased (thinking that would cure them).
But I didn’t have any problems connecting with Cass- one of two sisters who has returned home after being missing for 3 years, and forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Abby Winter. Cass and Abby are both complex characters- Cass has been raised in a very tense household by a mother whom Abby suspects is a narcissist… and she suspects this because her own mother was one. I loved the back and forth of the story telling- Cass now, Abby now, and the past that has brought them both together in the search for Emma.
I did guess a few things, but I loved how Walker brought everything together, how even in the mysteries I managed to decode, there were smaller reveals that I hadn’t even considered. Overall, the tension and pacing was just really good. I really liked Abby, and wouldn’t mind seeing her show up in another book.
Also, I just want to point out how hard it is to review thrillers because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. But I am recommended this one!
The audiobook was narrated by two great voices- Therese Plummer and Julia Whelan. I love both of them, and I’m so glad they went with two narrators to really give the sense of who Cass and Abby were.
#BloggersDressedInBlood Splatter Scale: 4 (out of 10)
There is some violence, but it’s not in your face kind of violence. Most of the chills are psychological in nature.