BY M. M. DELUCA
Grief is like living two lives. One is where you pretend everything is okay, and the other is where your heart screams in pain.M. M. Deluca
Five years ago, my little boy went missing. Now my husband’s vanished, too.
I wish I could say that the tragedy of little Jack disappearing brought me and Nate closer together. But my husband is more distant from me now than he’s ever been. Perhaps that’s why I don’t ask him exactly where he’s going when he sets off on another business trip.
Or perhaps I was too distracted by the woman moving in across the street with bouncing blonde hair and a cherubic toddler boy. He reminds me so much of the child I lost. But his mother doesn’t seem to properly watch him. And I can’t be sure, but I’m sure Nate and this woman share a look of recognition before he leaves.
The first day Nate’s away, things feel okay, even though I know when he returns we’re going to have to discuss what I found in his coat pocket. But one day turns into two, and then three. I don’t want to seem like the crazy wife, but I have to call his work and ask what’s going on. And that’s when they tell me the shocking truth.
Nate hasn’t worked for the company in six months.
Once I’ve found this lie, it’s hard not to pick at the scab of our marriage, see what other secrets lie beneath his apparent love for me. By the end of the week, I hope I might finally learn the truth about my husband, about the woman across the street, and about what really happened to my little boy.
This is a very slow-paced suspense that you won’t simply put down. The writing was very good but very slow, with too many irrelevant descriptions. The first half of the book is really slow and nothing major happens but the mystery involving this family will make you want to keep reading until you have it all figured out. Some parts I figured out by myself pretty early but there was some mystery left to discover that made me binge this book in a day.
WHAT I LIKED:
– Olivia’s cool-head when searching for answers about her husband’s disappearance. Despite all that has happened during the years, she was able to master the courage to discover things by herself instead of waiting for the answers to appear.
– How the mystery involving her son and husband kept me interested until the end.
– The end of the story. I loved how it ended.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:
– The unnecessary and irrelevant parts of the book that didn’t contribute to anything at all, only made it boring sometimes. It felt like the author was just trying to fill in pages in order to make the book a little bigger.
Despite the very slow-paced story, I recommend this book. If you like mysteries and suspense and if you have patience to read the slow parts, I think you’ll overall enjoy this story.
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Pub Day: October 21st 2021