Thank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.
I had a love/hate relationship with this book in a couple of different ways. I haven’t read Walker’s first book, so I had no idea what to expect from her writing. I jumped into this one feet first and was immediately sucked in by this horrible cast of characters. Or rather, by this cast of horrible characters. I hated them. They were so arrogant and deceitful and complete jerks. I loved it. There’s the first love/hate relationship. The second came from my overall reading experience. I loved that Cass was such an unreliable narrator. I was constantly trying to see through everything I was reading, trying to find the truth through the lies to figure out what really happened. And then I hit a wall. The middle third of the book really grated on my nerves. I was getting really sick of Cass’ merry-go-round stories and wondered if I’d actually be able to finish the book. And then the story broke wide open and I was all <insert jaw-drop emoji here>. So, yeah. I’m definitely recommending this book to anyone who finds appeal in characters who lie through their narcissistic teeth and a thrilling, twisting plot that stays one teeny, taunting step ahead of you.
Highly recommend: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Book stats: Hardcover, 308 pages, St Martins Press, August 8, 2017
**Review also posted on Midwest Ladies Who Lit.**