Megan sees her daughter Emma everywhere. She’s the little girl standing in the supermarket, the child waiting for the swings at the playground, the girl with ice cream dripping down her face. But it’s never Emma.
Emma’s been missing for two years.
Unable to handle the constant heartache of all the false sightings, Megan’s husband threatens to walk away unless Megan can agree to accept Emma is gone. Megan’s life and marriage is crumbling all around her and she realizes she may have to do the thing she dreads most: move on.
When Megan takes a photo of a little girl with an elderly couple at the town fair, she believes it to be her missing daughter. Unable to let go, she sets in motion a sequence of events that could destroy both families lives.
I know I’ve used the word heartbreaking for other books, but this one redefined the word.
Megan’s pain and anguish jump off the page and rip your heart out. I both liked and disliked Megan’s character. Her suffering made me sympathize and feel bad for her. I wanted her to find her daughter; for everything to turn out okay. But at the same time, she was obsessed to the point of ignoring her other children and husband. That part of her made me angry and want to shake her. Just because you lost one part of your life doesn’t mean you should lose it all.
Peter was a very standoffish character to me. The story focused mostly on Megan, and her way of ignoring him and his pain made him fade into the background as a cold character. Until the scene with the journal. Then his pain and commitment to his family was shown quite clearly, and I changed how I felt about him.
I think the character I felt the most sorry for was Jack. He was such a sweet old man who really emcompassed everything a grandfather should be. Except maybe the complete lack of backbone with his wife. He was a true innocent in the story, and the things he went through were so sad.
There is so much about this book that begs for discussion and disecting that it is hard to write a spoiler-free review. But hopefully I haven’t given too much away. Just enough to make you want to grab the book yourself. Because you should. It will make you cry, and laugh. An odd combination, but I experienced both ends of the spectrum and highly recommend the roller coaster ride of emotions the story contains.
Challenges read for:
The Canadian Book Challenge 5
2012 Ebook Challenge
2012 Self-Published Reading Challenge