This was such an exciting book, it kept me guessing till the end! I love intrigue and suspense and this book has them both! I read the whole book in a couple days even though it is pretty hefty book. Don't let the size scare you away the well written story will carry you from page to page! I liked the characters as they were written like real people, not just people to fill the pages. This author, Kathy Herman, is one to read and you might as well start with this exciting book!
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
Book Summary: The first in a new series from suspense author Kathy Herman. Set in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Her Sister Couldn't Be Alive _ Could She? It had to be Riley Jo. She was certain. . .wasn't she? But when Abby Cummings tells her mother she thought she saw her sister at the store, her mother quickly dismisses the idea. After all, Riley Jo and their father had been missing for years. Presumably dead. Yet Abby cannot ignore her intuition. Telling her friend J. D., they investigate. But J. D. may know more about the disappearance than he's telling, or even realizes. And as they work to uncover what happened, all they have to go on is blind faith. Will it be enough . . . especially considering what the truth might be?
Review: I found this book to be very exciting. The characters were believable along with the story line. I liked the theme and the twists and turns throughout the book. It was a tragic story from the start. I liked how Abby had a nose to the grindstone mentality to finding her family. She was quick thinking for the most part and was a very determined young woman. I do not normally read stories where the main character is under 20. But this mystery was gripping and the development of the entire area, people and storyline was enough to draw me in deeply.
I would like to thank Net Galley and David C Cook for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
This is a multi-faceted book riddled with tension and suspense. One of the most captivating aspects of the story is the way the author tells it mostly from two contrasting points of view -- Abby's and her mother, Kate's. It's fascinating to see how mother and daughter cope with their loss and grief in such completely opposite ways. They are often at odds and the friction between the two brings an added tension to an already taut plot. Unexpected twists and turns and one (for me) HUGE aha moment left me reeling. This is definitely a page turner.
Herman is a gifted storyteller and she brings the Cummings family to life in a memorable way. I'm thrilled to say this is the first in her Ozark Mountain Trilogy, so we'll get to see more of them in books to come. A must read for people who like a page-turning suspense lightly laced with a sweet romance.