Book Chat’s rating: ∗∗∗∗/5
It’s always a girl missing… but it’s a baby girl missing this time, and it doesn’t follow the traditional story telling from one angle. The story is told in third person, but jumping between multiple viewpoints and characters. What most annoying is it keeps jumping back and forth between timelines: Even with the timing jumping back and forth, it hardly felt like you were peeling the story open one detail at a time. The detail appeared one by one in their natural order and I couldn’t really tell if it was happening now or at any other time, so I think that this time swap story telling style was not necessary.
Jean and Glenn were a normal couple, but he has a secret. It’s not quite a secret if your wife actually knows what you were doing when you’re by yourself: Did you kill that baby? But she doesn’t know everything? Or does she? That’s pretty much the whole premise of this book: It circles around Jean and her thoughts, and the events around her. It doesn’t feel as if there were any mystery in it, and I don’t feel like it was psychologically thrilling at all. Maybe I was hoping for some really evil act to happen, maybe I have set the Gone Girl-evil scale as the standard, but this book is definitely not that dark.
I enjoyed the insights from Kate – the reporter, but I didn’t like her at all. Maybe she was not meant to be “liked” because of the nature of her job… I do not like fake people to begin with, and the way it was told, Kate is exactly that. I did not like her, I didn’t feel like she wanted justice for the victim, rather she was only there for the story and the spotlight.
Overall, I couldn’t say I was impressed with the story line, but I admit I did enjoy reading it and was looking forward to reading it, but without a nice plot twist or surprising ending it could only make a 4-star.