I have seen this book raved about all over Instagram leading up to pub day. I’m not one to gravitate towards a book where a child has been kidnapped, but this one is different because she comes back. So I requested this through NetGalley and thankfully they, along with Dutton Books approved.
Jenny disappeared when she was 6 years old. She was walking down the street to her friends house to play when she was taken. Her mom and dad did everything they could to find her, but nothing came of it. Fast forward over a decade later, and Jenny is back. Right off the bat I had my suspicions on who she was, who she really was. I wanted her to be Jenny so bad. I wanted a happy ending, but you know when a child disappears and comes back towards the beginning of the book, this story is more about than a missing child.
I was on my edge the entire time never really knowing what to believe. Twist after twist is thrown your way while trying to figure out what is happening. When we get glimpses into what Jenny’s childhood was like being raised by “Father” and “Mother,” you’re like it’s her! However when Jenny talks to an old friend, we find out she was no angel child before she went missing. So why is she so different now?
There are many disturbing parts in this book, but what takes the cake is at the very end. Just throw in that twist right there, one that you could have never predicted. If you did, my hats off to you! What the heck?!! I’m still thinking about it, which makes this a very good, but disturbing read.
This one is available now. Thank you NetGalley and Dutton for sending this one my way.
Book Rating: 4/5
For the grand finale this would pair nicely with a Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon.
A kidnapped girl survived twelve nightmarish years.
Now she’s safely back home . . . or is she?
Jenny Kristal was six years old when she was snatched off the sidewalk from her quiet suburban neighborhood. Twelve years later, she’s miraculously returned home after escaping her kidnappers—but as her parents and younger brother welcome her back, the questions begin to mount. Where has she been all these years? Why is she back now? And is home really the safest place for her . . . or for any of them?