She’s Not There is every parent’s worst nightmare come true. The premise is a young couple with two kids vacationing in Mexico, who decide to leave their kids sleeping in the hotel room while they go out for an anniversary dinner in the hotel. When they return their youngest has vanished from the room without a trace. Fast forward fifteen years and the mother receives a phone call from a girl claiming to be her long-lost daughter.
As a mother, my heart ached for the main protagonist in this novel. I liked the pace of the novel and the way the writer narrated the story by flipping between present day (which is fifteen years in the future) and the past. The novel reminded me of Gone Girl and The Couple Next Door and had me hooked from the first page. I have read Joy Fielding books in the past and the climax always has a twist leading to an unexpected ending. This novel did the same and the ending was quite unexpected.
If you are a fan of Gone Girl and The Couple Next Door, put She’s Not There on your reading list.
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