, January 18, 2016
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Sarah and Jack Quinlan are called to his family’s home in Penny Gate, Iowa when Jack’s aunt is in a serious accident. Julia is not just any aunt; she has been his surrogate mother following the death of both his parents in a car accident. At least, that’s what he tells Sarah. But as she soon finds out, she has been misled about Jack’s early life; in fact, she’s been lied to. What she has to find out on her own is where the lies end and the truth begins. Thank you Net Galley and MIRA publishing for the DRC, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
Gudendauf is an experienced writer with two best sellers under her belt already. Her expertise shows. One revelation after another darkens the novel, creating an ominous, compelling sense of dread. Who can Sarah trust in this tiny, insular town where just about everyone seems to know more about her husband and his family than she does? The fifth star is denied because I felt the ending was forced somewhat; you may feel differently. One way or the other, it's a terrific page turner! Full review is at Seattle Book Mama.