I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.A darkly thrilling novel about a woman who comes to believe that she has a connection to a decades old kidnapping and now that the victim has gone missing again, begins a frantic search to learn what happened in the past.
When Fern Douglas sees the news about Astrid Sullivan, a thirty-four-year-old missing woman from Maine, she is positive that she knows her. Fern’s husband is sure it’s because of Astrid’s famous kidnapping—and equally famous return—twenty years ago, but Fern has no memory of that, even though it happened an hour outside her New Hampshire hometown. And when Astrid appears in Fern’s recurring nightmare, one in which a girl reaches out to her, pleading, Fern fears that it’s not a dream at all, but a memory.
Back home in New Hampshire, Fern purchases a copy of Astrid’s recently published memoir—which may have provoked her original kidnapper to abduct her again—and as she reads through its chapters and visits the people and places within it, she discovers more evidence that she has an unsettling connection to the missing woman. As Fern’s search becomes increasingly desperate, she hopes to remember her past so she can save Astrid in the present…before it’s too late.
This book was creepy. Especially when I fully believe that this could have actually happened to someone. Sometimes people are just not right and some people really should not be parents.
Fern did not have a normal upbringing. Her father constantly kept her in a state of fear for his "research". Research that has never manifested into anything other than writing for his own benefit. Oh and he ridicules a professor invested in the same cause, but having much more success at it.
Fern jumps at the chance to actually bond with her father when he calls. But a simple trip homes ends up taking Fern on a journey through the past. A journey that will end up unearthing secrets that she couldn't have ever imagined existed.
A different from the rest story about deceitful family and the lengths they would go for their own personal gain.