When it's your word against everyone else's--what do you do?
Bree Finch has fallen on some troubled times: her marriage has ended, she's separated from her young daughter, Charlotte, and she's haunted by a past she can't escape. Routine helps, and every afternoon, during her lunch break, Bree goes for a jog in the park near her office. It's the same every day: the same route, the same mothers with their children, the same people walking their dogs.
One day, during her jog, she spots a young boy a bit older than Charlotte, a boy she saw just the day before with his mother. But his mother is nowhere to be seen now. Nervous, Bree watches the boy as he wanders into the parking lot. And then she watches as a man grabs the boy, forcing him into an SVU. She watches as the boy cries and screams for his mother. She watches as the man slams the door shut, revs the engine and takes off.
She runs after them into traffic, and tries to take a photo, but can't. The SVU is gone.
Bree can't deny what she's seen, and she can't get the little boy or his screams out of her head. But, she's the only one who believes that she witnessed the kidnapping of a child. No one else at the park saw the boy or someone snatching him, and she can't give a detailed description of the child. The police don't believe her, nor does her estranged husband, with whom she has a tense and complicated relationship. Instead, they begin asking Bree the questions: Why is she always alone in the park? Why does she spend so much time there? Does she realize that she makes the other mothers nervous, with the way she watches them and their children?
Then, days later, a woman is murdered--and Bree is the first person the police talk to.
Not because they think she may have witnessed something.
Not because they believe her about the kidnapped boy.
Because she's their main suspect.
Wow, this book was really fantastic! Though the synopsis is a little bit misleading, since the police don't go to Bree about the murdered lady, she goes to them, and they don't really seem to care. But the whole thing with the kidnapped boy who they don't believe exists, yeah, that's definitely true!
I enjoyed the mystery, of how Bree used her skills to first identify the woman, learn more about her, and investigate her murder. We learned more about Bree along the way, because she kept those skills hidden for a reason!
I love the fact that Bree works at a library, since I trained to do the same. I dislike that her boss was an asshole, though, because that doesn't really represent the breed of librarians, you know? But people aren't stereotypes, they might fit some characteristics, but they are individual!
Her relationship with her ex-husband and their daughter was a key part of this book. It's why she convinced herself to drop or stay away from the case for a little while. And yeah, it went to a different place then I was expecting, but it was really great, and I'm glad for the happy ending!
This book was so awesome, it's a really amazing read!
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Read: June 25th, 2019
Reason Why: Love her writing and it sounds really good, and it's a SAC 2019 Book and WoW Book!
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Published: June 25th 2019