Goodreads Synopsis:

Ten years ago, Stuart Carpenter was killed in a single-car accident after retrieving his daughter, Reese, from college. The first responders to the accident saw no evidence of her, and she’s been neither seen nor heard from since. A decade later, Reese’s mother, Eva, struggling to make it through her days, holds out hope her daughter is still alive.

Maggie, on the rebound after the breakup of a long-term relationship, rushes into marriage with a man she knows little about. On the surface Eric is a stable man and a good provider, but when his job takes them from Oregon to Virginia, his dark side begins to show. Eric is ready to start a family. Maggie is more interested in pursuing a career as an investigative journalist. Eric will do whatever it takes to get his way.

On a snowy Sunday in early March, Maggie befriends her across-the-street neighbor, Eva, who confides in Maggie about her missing daughter. The story intrigues Maggie, and she can’t stop thinking about Reese. When Eric’s controlling behavior turns abusive, Maggie uses the investigation of Reese’s disappearance as an opportunity to go undercover.

Maggie travels from Virginia to Ohio to Washington DC, unraveling the secrets of the dysfunctional family that drove a young woman to a desperate act of survival.

My Thoughts

Today I am on tour with Kate Rock Book Tours and author Ashley Farley.

Late last year I read Farley’s book Life On Loan, and I really enjoyed it.  So I knew when I saw there was a tour with her latest book, I had to be on it.  This book did not disappoint.

One of my favorite genres are thrillers because there is always a case to solve, a mystery to uncover.  This book had a few of those. A character with a secret and very shady background, and the disappearance of a child.  Sometimes it’s hard to read about a grieving mother being a mother myself, but Farley did a good job of not focusing on that too much.

Farley does a good job at creating likable characters.  At first I wasn’t so sure about Maggie’s character because she married her rebound guy without really knowing him.  It was clear she wasn’t over her ex, but let’s go ahead and marry the next thing. It turns out it was the biggest mistake of her life marrying a man without really knowing him.  Maggie discovers that pretty quickly.

Eva had a dysfunctional relationship with her now missing daughter.  It was heartbreaking to read. I’m sure all of us as parents have said a thing or two we regret.  I liked that she befriended Maggie, and Maggie told her about her relationship with her husband.

I don’t want to give away too much information about Reese since she is missing, so you’ll have to pick up a copy!

This is a story of three strong women who have felt so much pain, faced so much difficulty in life, and have had to make some difficult choices that you or I may never have to make.  I read this book in less than 24 hours. Thank you Ashley Farley for keeping me hooked on yet another fantastic read.

Book Rating: 4/5

For the grand finale this would pair nicely with Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon.