* This review does not contain any spoilers*
Publishing Date: March 19th, 2019
Point of View: Multiple third-person
Pages: 416 (US paperback)
You’ve lost your daughter.
She’s addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she’s made it clear that she doesn’t want to be found.
Then, by chance, you see her playing guitar in Central Park. But she’s not the girl you remember. This woman is living on the edge, frightened, and clearly in trouble.
You don’t stop to think. You approach her, beg her to come home.
And you do the only thing a parent can do: you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed. Before you know it, both your family and your life are on the line. And in order to protect your daughter from the evils of that world, you must face them head on.
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HOW I WENT INTO IT
I picked this up because it ended up in the top 10 of the Goodreads Awards in the category Mystery & Thriller and I wanted to read them all. Otherwise, I wasn’t very interested in reading it, though the synopsis did sound like it had potential.
The beginning grabbed my attention. I think it started off pretty strong. We jump right into an action scene, followed by a lot of things happening as a result of the first scene. It did a good job of setting up the first few main characters; the dad, the daughter, the boyfriend.
There were some details near the end that surprised me. As I will explain below, the main mystery wasn’t surprising, however there were a few extra little things that were revealed in the end that I didn’t expect and I thought worked out nicely.
There were some cool repetitions with the switches between perspectives near the end. That sounds so vague but it’s hard to describe. At some points, when some of the perspectives came together in a scene you would see parts of that same scene twice. At the end of the chapter from the perspective of character A, and then it would go back a few seconds and you would see that same thing happen from character B’s perspective. I thought it was a nice touch, something I haven’t seen before.
THE (SEMI) NEGATIVES
I wasn’t very invested. The characters weren’t particularly compelling, the bad guys weren’t particularly interesting, the story wasn’t particularly suspenseful… For a large part of the book, I was kind of just waiting for the end.
When the perspective first switched it was quite disorienting. First your following this dad, getting interested where his story is going, and then all of a sudden you’re being introduced to a bunch of other people. This completely took me out of that initial interest I had and left me confused.
I found the perspective of the private investigator boring and unnecessary. I didn’t think she was anything special. She didn’t have much going on and her character seemed pretty straight forward. Her having her own chapters didn’t add anything in my eyes. She was helping to uncover the mystery, but there could have been ways where the MC figured these things out since he was getting information from everyone.
The major mystery of what’s happening seemed pretty obvious. I guessed what was happening from around halfway through and I definitely don’t think that’s me bragging. Most people would probably start suspecting that the thing that’s happening is happening because they were giving so much away. Maybe if you’ve never read a mystery/thriller in your life, but even then I think you could still manage to figure it out? I couldn’t even think of an alternative theory because this one felt so obviously right. Like I said there were some details at the end that were surprising. But it wasn’t enough for me.
This was a very mediocre thriller for me. I didn’t enjoy some of the perspectives and felt like too much was given away so that things became clear quite early on, so you end up just waiting for the main character to catch up. It wasn’t for me.
RECOMMENDING IT TO YOU
I don’t think I would generally recommend it. I think it could work if you’re newer to the genre. It also has a pretty satisfying end in terms of it all being wrapped up nicely, not leaving much open, so maybe try it if you’re into that. I definitely seem to be in the minority since this has received some great reviews, so don’t let me stop you! I might even try out some of his other books myself.
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