Published by Grand Central Publishing on Mar 10, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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Hanna Schutt never suspected that her younger daughter's happiness would lead to her husband's death and the destruction of their family. When Dawn brings her new boyfriend home from college for a visit, her parents and sister try to hide their doubts because they're glad that Dawn - always an awkward child - appears to have grown into a confident, mature young woman in her relationship with Rud. But when Hanna and her husband, Joe, are beaten savagely in their bed, Rud becomes the chief suspect and stands trial for Joe's murder.
Claiming her boyfriend's innocence, Dawn estranges herself from her mother, who survived the attack with serious injuries and impaired memory. When Rud wins an appeal and Dawn returns to the family home saying she wants to support her mother, Hanna decides to try to remember details of that traumatic night so she can testify to keep her husband's murderer in jail, never guessing that the process might cause her to question everything she thought she knew about her daughter.
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I read this book really quickly and found myself sucked into Hanna’s life and memories. She suffered a brutal home invasion attack which left her disfigured and her husband dead, and there was suspicion cast on her youngest daughter. That sounds like a complete nightmare to a parent.
The story focuses mostly on Hanna and her quest to remember what happened that night, as she’s been asked to testify at an appeal trial for her daughter’s boyfriend, who was found guilty of the attack. At the same time, her daughter comes to live with her, and Hanna struggles with figuring out exactly who her daughter is.
I found this to be a very powerful read as it makes you realize that you can’t possibly fully know someone, even when they are extremely close to you. Everyone has secrets and sides to themselves that they shield from the people around them.
Overall, I was struck by how fragile life is, and how importance knowledge is. Ignorance is not bliss, and turning a blind eye to trouble can come back to bite you in the end. It’s better to face the truth, even when it hurts at the time.