Author: Sharon Potts
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Rating: 5 stars
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Blurb: When her six-year-old nephew vanishes from a neighborhood carnival, Aubrey Lynd’s safe, snow-globe world fractures; it shatters when the FBI’s investigation raises questions about her own family that Aubrey can’t answer.
Aubrey picks apart the inconsistencies to expose the first of many lies: a ransom note—concealed from the FBI—with a terrifying and impossible ultimatum. Aubrey doesn’t know what to believe or whom to trust. The abduction is clearly personal—but why would someone play a high-stakes game with the life of a child? The more she presses for answers, the more Aubrey is convinced that her mother is hiding something.
Desperate to save her young nephew, Aubrey must face harsh truths and choose between loyalty to her family and doing the right thing. And she’d better hurry, because vengeance sets its own schedule, and time is running out.
Review: This amazing concoction of layers of lies and half-truths will confuse and dismay you as you try to make sense of the rapidly changing dynamics in this thriller of a tale. What you initially believe changes so quickly it’s enough to give you whiplash–but you’ll keep reading thru to the end because I can promise you it’s worth it.
Ethan Lyons was a sweet six-year-old boy visiting his grandmother in Miami and they were spending the day out at a local carnival. They were playing and riding rides in the sun; even more important was the fact that this was the first time that Diane had been allowed to have Ethan with her. Family differences had caused a rift between her and her son Kevin, so it was a huge big deal that she’d been allowed to keep him. But no one knew the dark changes about to take place that would not only further destroy a family already broken but would pit the members against each other in a catastrophic race to uncover a monster from their hidden past.
This book was an amazing read because even though the web around the mystery was so complex, I was able to keep up with all the changes and even hazard a guess of my own. What made it powerful was the fact that even though I don’t really like stories that have flashbacks to the 60’s and 70’s, I didn’t really care about that because the underlying story of betrayal and carnage was so universal. There was so much heartbreak in every chapter, and even though it mainly centered on the parents (the grandmother Diane and her ex-husband Larry), you could feel the repercussions in the children of that marriage, Kevin (the missing child’s father) and Audrey, who had come to help find her nephew. As much of the story is told from Aubrey’s perspective, you really get a lot of insight into her thoughts and feelings and of how her parent’s marriage had played a large role in her own self-worth.
If you want a not-gory mystery that is layered and magnificently nuanced, I’d definitely suggest this one! Thanks