Summary (from Amazon):
“Grace is the doting mother of Mary, an angelic five-year-old who charms everyone around her. But in one tragic moment at a local shopping mall, Grace looks down to discover that Mary is no longer at her side…and can’t be found anywhere. She and her husband wait by the phone for a ransom demand that never comes. For months Grace believes that Mary is somewhere, alive and safe, waiting to come home to her—but as her family and friends give up hope, Grace’s marriage begins to crumble. Only one detective, Sam Abraham, shares her determination to find Mary…but could his motives be less than altruistic?
As Sam and Mary work together to track Mary’s disappearance, they discover clues that this was more than a random kidnapping—and that Mary may have been special to more than just her mother…”
I loved VC Andrews novels when I was younger. Even recently, rereading the Flowers in the Attic series (except for Garden of Shadows, which I do hope to re-read sometime soon…ish) was a total guilty pleasure. Yes, the books were pretty awful, but they were also incredibly fun.
This book wasn’t fun. I don’t mean because it was wrenching (although obviously reading about a family with a kidnapped daughter isn’t exactly light reading) but because it wasn’t at all the VC Andrews I was used to.
Obviously part of this is because she died years ago (so technically, a lot of the novels I read—the Casteel series and the Cutler series and however far I made it into the Ruby series) wasn’t technically the VC Andrews I was used to, either.
In the VC Andrews world, Grace is a Corrine. Grace is a good mom (so that’s a strike against her being Corrine, really) but her life revolves around men. She considers herself very lucky to have a husband like hers, John, and when her friends disagree, she willingly agrees with him that they’re just jealous. After Mary disappears, she goes from relying completely on John to being angry that they’re grieving differently.
It’s pretty easy to guess the twists and turns of the story, but while usually I enjoy the book anyway, I was really happy when this one was over.