*3.5 – 4 Stars*
Let me just say: this book is heavy. Content heavy. As other people have said in their reviews, there is absolutely no fluff what-so-ever.
The story is that off the Carroll sisters. Julia who was kidnapped 20 years ago, and her two younger sisters Lydia and Claire and their life in the present. Told from 3 perspectives – Claire’s, Lydia’s and Sam’s (their father – in the form of letters he wrote to Julia while he was searching for anything and everything he could find to try and find out the truth about what happened to Julia).
At first I was trying to work out how the different characters were linked, and then slowly it all came together for me. And then, all at once, the novel comes crashing together with all sorts of things happening that make you start questioning absolutely everything thats going on. The two remaining Carroll sisters are basically on a race against time to get to the truth of the facts they’ve found.
Basically, Claire’s husband has just died (in front of her very eyes) when they were robbed in an alley on the way home from a bar. Claire gets home from the funeral and her house has been broken into. This starts the turn of events that send Liddie and Claire crashing back into each other and working together to find the truth. Whilst going through things after the robbery, Claire had found some very disturbing material on Paul’s computer and she begins to question everything she knows about the man she’s been married to for the last 20 years of her life.
The content in this novel is very graphic, and as other people have said, may contain trigger warnings for certain readers. Don’t go into this thinking it will gloss over the details. It sure as shit doesn’t.
As things go on, you begin to get ideas and theories of your own, and yes some you’ll guess straight away, and other things you won’t latch onto until they’re revealed in the book.
I don’t want to ruin this one so i’ll just say its an extremely intense read and the ending is very fitting.