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If you haven’t read this, you should. It is grilling. It is atmospheric. It gives voice to the darkness that exists in a cute suburbia, underneath their powdered noses.

Shelby disappeared one week ago then Meredith and her 6-year-old daughter Delilah did. Meredith was found dead with a self-inflicted wound, where was Delilah? That was 11 years ago. Today Delilah returned, escaping her kidnappers after a long trial which formed the part 1 of the book.

Reading author Mary Kubica after a long time, the story was exciting and kept me on tenderhooks the whole time. I couldn’t read it fast enough. To know what Delilah went through at the hands of her captors shook my core.

Then the book moved on to the second section where it switched between the past and present, giving us different POV slowly building up the suspense, till the final reveal.

But then came my niggle. The ending didn’t do it for me. The expectations built were dashed. I wanted something believable and justifiable. Zip. Nada. Sigh…

Barring the ending, the rest was good. An impending danger and a sense of something wrong waiting to happen, egged me on. The story was quite a rollercoaster that was addictive in its plot and haunting in its characters.

Overall a fast addictive read.


Rating: 4 out of 5.


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People don’t just disappear without a trace…

Shelby Tebow is the first to go missing. Not long after, Meredith Dickey and her six-year-old daughter, Delilah, vanish just blocks away from where Shelby was last seen, striking fear into their once-peaceful community. Are these incidents connected? After an elusive search that yields more questions than answers, the case eventually goes cold.

Now, eleven years later, Delilah shockingly returns. Everyone wants to know what happened to her, but no one is prepared for what they’ll find…


Publication Date: May 2021

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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8 Responses

  1. Excellent review Shalini. This will be library read for me. I have never been approved for Kubica’s books. Glad you enjoyed this, but for the ending. ❤📚

  2. The old adage that “the journey is more important than the destination” doesn’t hold up well with books. We want the main part of the book to be enjoyable, but the ending needs to be satisfying too.

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