A review is generally the encapsulation of the journey the book takes you on. I love books which take me on a wild journey leaving the realities behind. This book took me to the edge of precipice and left me there. It didn’t allow me to fly.
I have read books by Barbara Taylor Sissel, and I have enjoyed her writing. Her blurb captured my imagination.
A missing child + psychic dreams = fun read
But for that fun read to occur, the main character has to accept herself and her talents. The book felt half cooked in that idea. I liked that the author dealt with a lot of social issues like aftereffects of death of a partner, miscarriage, addictions, mental health.
But the story went so much into these issues that the rollercoaster ride which the blurb promised me was forgotten. The book was fun to skim read, but it had no twists, no turns, no intrigue, no suspense, over reactions by the main character. The main character Gilly wasn’t someone I would want as a friend, she sees the dream of Zoe being kidnapped, is friendly with the father, yet does not warn anyone, as in the past nobody believed her.
It is all me, I believe children should be protected, and whatever we can do as adults, we should do it, even if the world does not believe, even if there are people criticising you. Even if we can save one child, we have done our primary duty as a human being.
But Gilly doesn’t, is in her own world and the story moves ahead and I could reach — The End
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Lake Union Publishing and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 3 stars
About the Author
Barbara Taylor Sissel writes issue-driven women’s fiction threaded with elements of suspense, which particularly explores how families respond to the tragedy of crime. She is the author of eight previous novels: The Last Innocent Hour, The Ninth Step, The Volunteer, Evidence of Life, Safekeeping, Crooked Little Lies, Faultlines, and The Truth We Bury.
Gilly O’Connell’s nightmares aren’t just bad dreams; they’re glimpses of terrifying realities to come. Gilly has spent her entire life trying to suppress the foreboding visions.
Three years later, after overcoming a battle with addiction and starting over in a small Texas town, Gilly dares to believe the worst is over. That is, until another crime rips her heart open: the abduction of a three-year-old girl. Gilly knows more about it than anyone…
She’s dreaming again.
Gilly is convinced that if she tells the police she dreamed of the kidnapping before it happened, there’s no way they’ll believe her. But when she finally gets the courage to come forward with what she saw, people don’t see her as crazy—they see her as a suspect.
Gilly’s only chance for salvation might be the dreams she’s spent so long trying to ignore.
Publication date : 15th May, 2018
Publisher : Lake Union Publishing
Could have been so exciting…
Great, honest review Shalini. This is why people respect your opinions so much!
Heyyy Robbie… How you doing? Thanks for your kind words. They make my hearticles beat faster
You’ve haven’t had much luck recently finding the book that will grip you and drag you along for a thrilling ride… I hope you get one of those soon!
Well they were all different Reads… And yayyy my scheduled post is up and running
Urghh… nightmares are not good. A well-written review by the way.
I am reading quite a bit of such stuff decreasing my To be read pile… Sighhhh past 2 months were bad in reading terms and other parts were not good
Hmmm… can imagine navigating through the reads and also trying to balance other things. Indeed, one requires a daring mind to keep moving ahead.
Hahaha.. True that… I am used to nightmares real and in dreams… Such is life
Thank you Shalini. I look for 4 and above for my list
Sounds like a pretty lack luster book. It sucks when an author gets too focussed on other thing and almost seems to lose the point of the story!
I agree… Whatcha reading? Is this the mermaid month?
My mermaid week is going to be in August. Right now I’m reading “murder by deceit” 😊
By whom? And are you getting any ideas?
Oops. It’s actually called “murder never misses” apparently I don’t know the name of the book I’m reading! 😂😂 By Faith Martin.
That’s fine. I am the same. I don’t know the name of the book I am reading. I know it is about lies and is an intense read. Are you seeing a theme in books I am reading?
Ha ha!! Not at all! 😉 I hope they’re making you feel better at least! 💖💖
Check mail. Nina has written a fab story
She got it done?? I thought she said the weekend! Ha ha!
It is fab… And I am shaking in nerves…
I don’t know how I’m going to follow THAT!! 😂😂
I have no idea how I am going to connect both your stories… Yikes!!
Do you think Nina was clever to start and get her part done? Now we have add to intrigue and bring it to a conclusion…
This Nina babe is too clever!! I am too nervous I am sleeping
Ha ha!! Go to sleep babe!! You have to wait for my part anyways… You’ll feel better after that! 😂😂
I doubt that… Somehow I am catatonic with gripping fear… How am I going to top such brilliant writing…
And why do you think I read these books?? ALWAYTS for the ideas! 😉
I know so, just confirming….
You are so cute on your pic… Nobody knows about that wicked brain of yours.
How you feeling now
Did you have a nap
I didn’t have a nap. But, I had a nice bath and watched some of my Korean Drama. That made me feel a little better. 😊 Now I’m curled up with my book. 💖📖
Korean drama? Soap?
This one is more of a sitcom then a drama. About a girl who owns a B&B that gets purchased by a man who’s heart she broke in the past, but she doesn’t know who he is.
Oh ok… And it’s in Korean language? And you understand that language?
Subtitles, baby!! 👍
This book looks interesting. Thanks for review I am adding this book to my reading list 🙂
Thanks… That is sweet of you
Sorry this happened, sounds like you hit a flat one this time, but i I always enjoy your reviews, probably more than I would have the book! 😉
Did you find my errant comments or are they gone forever on your posts?
I find them and smile 😃
Lovely review, sorry it wasn’t better for you though Shalini.
Yeah… Maybe I ask for too much
I sometimes wonder when I get on a roll with the 2s and 3s if it’s me but then one comes along that breaks the streak so your good one will come too. 🙂