Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Only Ever You by Rebecca Drake

What They Say....Three-year-old Sophia Lassiter disappears at the playground only to return after 40 frantic minutes-- but her mother Jill's relief is short lived. Jill is convinced the tiny dots on her daughter's arm are puncture marks. When doctors find no trace of drugs in her system, Jill accepts she won't ever know what happened during her daughter's absence and is simply grateful to have her home safely.

Except Sophia isn't safe. Three months later, she disappears again. This time from her bed at home, in the night. Working with the police and the community, Jill and her husband David are desperate to bring their little girl home. They remain hopeful---until information turns up suggesting their daughter was murdered, causing the police to turn their suspicions on the parents. 

Facing ugly family secrets and heart-rending evidence, Jill is still convinced her daughter is alive. But when the dragnet begins to close around them, Jill realizes the worst: if the police believe she has killed her daughter, that means they aren't out there looking for the real perpetrator. They aren't hunting for Sophie or the person who still has her.

What I Say....This was a great book - I read it in less than 24 hours.  It was the type of book you keep thinking about during the day, and wanting to get back to so you can see what happens next.

At first I thought it was going to be a little bit of a yawn, with the usual too busy lawyer husband, the artistic photographer wife, and their beautiful toddler.  

But nothing was as it seemed, everyone had secrets.  The child wasn't really all that appealing - I think we were meant to feel she was strong willed, but the reality was she was kind of a little brat.  The kind of kid that makes the best mom wonder what in the hell she was thinking when she decided to start a family.  

I'm happy to announce that I could tell who the secret creeps were and what their connections to each other were long before the end of the book, but it didn't take anything away from my enjoyment, and I loved that the author didn't try to make the bad guys into heroes at the end.  They were flawed people who made stupid choices, injuring many others along the way.

But that is part of what made this book so compulsively readable, you wanted to see if things were really as they seemed.  Most of the time, sadly, they were.

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