Genres: Suspense, Women's Fiction
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When a group of neighborhood women gathers, wine in hand, around a fire pit where their backyards meet one Saturday night, most of them are just ecstatic to have discovered that their baby monitors reach that far. It’s a rare kid-free night, and they’re giddy with it. They drink too much, and the conversation turns personal.
By Monday morning, one of them is gone.
Everyone knows something about everyone else in the quirky small Ohio town of Yellow Springs, but no one can make sense of the disappearance. Kristin was a sociable twin mom, college administrator, and doctor’s wife who didn’t seem all that bothered by her impending divorce—and the investigation turns up more questions than answers, with her husband, Paul, at the center. For her closest neighbor, Clara, the incident triggers memories she thought she’d put behind her—and when she’s unable to extract herself from the widening circle of scrutiny, her own suspicions quickly grow. But the neighborhood’s newest addition, Izzy, is determined not to jump to any conclusions—especially since she’s dealing with a crisis of her own.
As the police investigation goes from a media circus to a cold case, the neighbors are forced to reexamine what’s going on behind their own closed doors—and to ask how well anyone really knows anyone else.
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Let me start by saying that when I read the last chapter of this book my jaw dropped! I cannot think of another time in recent months when an ending took me by such surprise. This book is so well written and the subject matter of abuse/violence against women is so important to call attention to. I truly appreciated the author crafting such a suspenseful story around the subject matter. The character of Izzy, a single woman living alone and a possible target of an abuser, is an interesting character. Izzy had me frustrated with her need for a man and seemingly any type of man but the right one! Clara seemed a bit bored with her stay at home life and definitely was one of my favorite characters. Clara’s story is told over time and I was always surprised when more of her background was revealed. Kristen was a total mystery throughout the book which is probably what the author intended. Paul, Kristen’s husband was definitely not my favorite. It was so hard to guess what really happened to Kristen and her twins. There is lots of drama in this book but it still had that small town setting to it which I always seem to enjoy. This book literally kept me guessing until the end as to which direction it would go in in terms of Kristen and her twins disappearance, as I mentioned before my jaw dropped as I read the last chapter. I look forward to this authors next book.