Summary (from Goodreads):
“On the last ordinary day of her life, Abby Bennett feels like the luckiest woman alive. But everyone knows that luck doesn’t last forever. As her husband, Nick, and daughter, Lindsey, embark on a weekend camping trip to the Texas Hill Country, Abby looks forward to having some quiet time to herself. She braids Lindsey’s hair, reminds Nick to drive safely and kisses them both goodbye. For a brief moment, Abby thinks she has it all—a perfect marriage, a perfect life—until a devastating storm rips through the region, and her family vanishes without a trace.
When Nick and Lindsey are presumed dead, lost in the raging waters, Abby refuses to give up hope. Consumed by grief and clinging to her belief that her family is still alive, she sets out to find them. But as disturbing clues begin to surface, Abby realizes that the truth may be far more sinister than she imagined. Soon she finds herself caught in a current of lies that threaten to unhinge her and challenge everything she once believed about her marriage and family.
With a voice that resonates with stunning clarity, Barbara Taylor Sissel delivers a taut and chilling mystery about a mother’s love, a wife’s obsession and the invisible fractures that can shatter a family.”
I sympathized with Lindsey and I understood her insistence that she learn what happened to her family, as well as her refusal to give up until she had to. If, by some miracle, they were found alive, how could she ever explain that she gave up?
There were parts of the book that made me roll my eyes and tested my credulity. But it was an enjoyable book that kept me turning pages.
When I started reading this, I was pretty sure that it was essentially going to be the Ashley Judd movie Double Jeopardy (I obviously won’t say whether that impression was correct in terms of how the plot went.)
The two are similar in terms of both substance and enjoyment. This is not the kind of book that you will want to re-read every year or two or the kind of book that you give to friends and family for their birthday or for Christmas. And that’s okay.
This is the book that you bring with you on vacation or that you read when you’re not feeling well. This book is comfort food and the literary equivalent of a Lifetime movie. (I do not judge; there are Lifetime movies that I love.)