Kira Bennett's earliest memories are of living alone and wild in the woods. She has no idea how long she was on her own or what she had to do to survive, but she remembers the moment that Cady Bennett and one of her search-and-rescue dogs found her. Adopted into the Bennett family, Kira still struggles with human interaction years later, but she excels at the family business: search-and-rescue. Along with Cady's son, Jude, and their neighbor, Free, Kira works alongside Cady to train the world's most elite search-and-rescue dogs. Someday, all three teenagers hope to put their skills to use, finding the lost and bringing them home.
But when Cady's estranged father, the enigmatic Bales Bennett, tracks his daughter down and asks for her help in locating a missing child—one of several visitors who has disappeared in the Sierra Glades National Park in the past twelve months—the teens find themselves on the frontlines sooner than they could have ever expected. As the search through 750,000 acres of unbridled wilderness intensifies, Kira becomes obsessed with finding the missing child. She knows all too well what it's like to be lost in the wilderness, fighting for survival, alone. But this case isn't simple. There is more afoot than a single, missing girl, and Kira's memories threaten to overwhelm her at every turn. As the danger mounts and long-held family secrets come to light, Kira is forced to question everything she thought she knew about her adopted family, her true nature, and her past.
I absolutely loved reading this book! I love Jennifer Lynn Barnes books, she's one of my favourite authors, and yeah, this book sounded really interesting and high stakes. I mean, a missing child, I mean, only a missing baby, or multiple children missing, would increase the stakes.
Kira was an interesting character to read about. She has a very strong ability to read non-verbal cues. She spent a time alone in the wilderness as a child, and she's closer with her dog then she is with most people, her dog and her pack of friends and family being the only ones she really spends any time with. I really enjoyed her relationships with Jude and Free!
Part of this book is the missing child and the mysteries of the town and surrounding area. Part of it is why Cady left home and why, who Jude's father is. Given that this is her hometown, that leaves some pretty informative resources for them to mine for information.
That ending, though! It was just incredible, there was an amazing twist that I didn't see coming! It brought everything together so well! And while there were a few lingering questions that I would love answered in a sequel, yeah, the note it ended on was so great to read!
This book is so great, and I would love to have a sequel!
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Read: March 12th, 2019
Reason Why: Love her writing and it sounded good, and it's a SAC 2019 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Expected Publication: May 7th 2019