I am still waiting not to love anything new by this author, but it hasn’t happened yet.
Aubrey Finch, 30, has been separated from her husband Paul, a well-off criminal defense attorney, for six months. She only sees her three-year-old daughter Charlotte (“Charlie”) on weekends. Aubrey lives in a run-down place, refusing to take any of Paul’s money; she feels she deserves her fate (at least, in the sense of karmic justice) because of her secret criminal past. Paul never knew about it, and feeling that she had to keep secrets from him inevitably created a wedge in their marriage.
One day while at the park with Charlie, she met a young mother with a son around five and they chatted a bit. Two days later, she saw the boy alone in the parking lot, and witnessed what she believed was his kidnapping. The police didn’t take her seriously because no one reported a missing child. The local news, however, showed her at the police station claiming a kidnapping had taken place. Now that her name and face were out in public, she realized she could be in danger if her former criminal associates recognized her, but knew she could not have just stood by without trying to help:
“If there is any chance that a boy is out there, in trouble, and no one is searching for him, then I must be that one person. The person who cares. The person who gets involved. Whatever the cost.”
And the cost turned out to be high, indeed.
Evaluation: This is a very compelling story with a great deal of page-turning tension. The relationship between Aubrey and Paul, and between each of them and Charlie, is a touching and poignant counterbalance to the dangerous and scary aspects of the story. If you are a fan of the author’s Nadia Stafford series, this book has similar elements, and you will not want to miss it!
Published by Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, a division of Macmillan Publishers, 2019