Mar 272013
Review: Evidence of LifeEvidence of Life by Barbara Taylor Sissel
Published by MIRA on Mar 26, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Thriller
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

On the last ordinary day of her life, Abby Bennett feels like the luckiest woman alive. But everyone knows that luck doesn’t last forever.… As her husband, Nick, and daughter, Lindsey, embark on a weekend camping trip to the Texas Hill Country, Abby looks forward to having some quiet time to herself. She braids Lindsey’s hair, reminds Nick to drive safely and kisses them both goodbye. For a brief moment, Abby thinks she has it all—a perfect marriage, a perfect life—until a devastating storm rips through the region, and her family vanishes without a trace.

When Nick and Lindsey are presumed dead, lost in the raging waters, Abby refuses to give up hope. Consumed by grief and clinging to her belief that her family is still alive, she sets out to find them. But as disturbing clues begin to surface, Abby realizes that the truth may be far more sinister than she imagined. Soon she finds herself caught in a current of lies that threaten to unhinge her and challenge everything she once believed about her marriage and family.

With a voice that resonates with stunning clarity, Barbara Taylor Sissel delivers a taut and chilling mystery about a mother’s love, a wife’s obsession and the invisible fractures that can shatter a family.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This is a book about heartbreaking grief, with a slightly scary mystery element. When Abby’s husband and daughter go missing in a massive flood, she suffers debiliating grief. It was overwhelming and highly emotional. The opposite of a strong heroine, Abby relys heavily on her mother and best friend to help her cope with her obsession to learn what happened. It felt very real, and very heartbreaking.

Abby’s quest leads her into a strong mystery plot that was quite creepy at times. There was one spot where I had to stop reading late at night because it scared me a little. It’s more manageable during the daylight, although it is still so suspenseful that I didn’t want to put it down.

While Abby is a very emotional and sympathetic character, I must admit that I loved the police chief. He was supportive and kind to Abby, never making her feel uncomfortable or like a nuisance. I loved the possible romance that seemed to brew between them, yet it never seemed inappropriate or forced.

Overall, this was an emotional story that made me cry, and feel a bit scared. I loved the combination of character focus and thrilling plot. The two seemingly unrelated elements were woven into one very entertaining story.

  2 Responses to “Review: Evidence of Life”

  1. I have a review copy of this as well and I can’t wait to read it!!! Glad to see you enjoyed it!

  2. Sarah, thank you so much for your lovely review which just captured the very essence of the book. I’m so pleased you enjoyed it and so grateful that you took the time to review it! It is readers like you, sharing their opinions about the books, who are so helpful in getting the word out about new books. I’m extra appreciative because while I do have indie books published this is my very first national print debut, so I’m thrilled you liked it and shared it!

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