Goodreads Synopsis

From the author of Jar of Hearts, a mother driven to the edge by the disappearance of her son learns her husband is having an affair with the woman who might have kidnapped him.
Four hundred and eighty seconds. That’s how long it took for someone to steal Marin Machado’s four-year-old son.

Marin had the perfect life. Married to her college sweetheart, she owns a chain of upscale hair salons, and Derek runs his own company. They’re admired in their community and are a loving family. Up until the day Sebastian is taken.

A year later, Marin is a shadow of herself. The FBI search has gone cold. The publicity has faded. She and her husband rarely speak. The only thing keeping her going is the unlikely chance that one day Sebastian reappears. She hires a P.I. to pick up where the police left off, but instead of finding him, she discovers that Derek is having an affair with a younger woman.

Kenzie Li is an artist and grad student—Instagram famous—and up to her eyeballs in debt. She knows Derek is married. She also knows he’s rich, and dating him comes with perks: help with bills, trips away, expensive gifts. He isn’t her first rich boyfriend, but she finds herself hoping he’ll be the last. She’s falling for him—and that was never part of the plan.

Discovery of the affair sparks Marin back to life. She’s lost her son; she’s not about to lose her husband, too. Kenzie is an enemy with a face, which means this is a problem Marin can fix. But as she sets a plan in motion, another revelation surfaces. Derek’s lover might know what happened to their son. And so might Derek.

My Mini Thoughts

I’ve heard such good things about this author from others that have read Jar of Hearts.  So I bought that book, it’s on my never ending TBR pile.  Then I was approved for this one on NetGalley, so I decided to go with this book first.

Here’s the thing, I shouldn’t be allowed to read books about little kids being kidnapped.  Ug, the mom in me just can’t handle such a realistic subject.  I teared up a lot in this book.

I struggled with this one because I couldn’t relate to any characters in the book.  There were times I liked Marin and times I wanted to strangle her!  Yes, she still had a private investigator working for her to find her son, way to go!  She never gave up hope of finding him.  On the other hand I thought she was too focused on Kenzie Li, her husband’s mistress.  Don’t even get me started on the husband!

I will say I never guessed who the kidnapper is.  That was a good twist, a sad one if your Marin.

So now it’s onto Jar of Hearts!

This book comes out April 21, 2020.

Thank you Minotaur Books and NetGalley for the ARC.

Book Rating: 3/5

For the grand finale this would pair nicely with Estancia Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles.