Review by Marlene Engel
Every parent’s worst nightmare is having one’s child abducted. What would you do if you were at the store, turned your attention from your child in the shopping cart for moments, only to find that the child was taken during that time?
In an impulsive decision, Lucy spies a child left unattended in a shopping cart and snatches the child when no one is looking. She renames the four month old baby Mia and raises her as her own for twenty one years. Telling people that she adopted the baby and even hires a nanny from China to help care for her. Taken place in the 1990s, the story alternates between several people who were affected by the incident. It’s told from the current day with flashbacks to the time of the abduction and years proceeding it.
For the most part, Lucy justifies her decision to take Marilyn’s baby. She feels that she is a good mother, who did a great job raising Mia. At times she thinks back to her actions and how it must have impacted the birth mother. For Marilyn, her life is in shambles. She tries her best to pick herself up and move on. In time their lives cross and what happens from there will change both of their lives forever.
Talk about giving you chills. This book literally had me on the edge of my seat with each page I read. If you’re looking for an impossible to put down thriller, you won’t want to miss this book. You will be thinking about it long after you turned the last page!
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About the Author:
Helen grew up in King of Prussia, PA, the first of eight children. She wrote her first novel at age 8, in a school composition notebook, a domestic tale about a family of birds. After graduating from Cornell University, she took up another kind of fiction–advertising. She spent over 20 fun-filled years at ad agencies in San Francisco and New York, working as a writer and creative director on global brands like Clairol, Nikon, Volvo and Absolut.
Helen received an MFA in fiction from The New School and is an avid speaker on 21st century storytelling. She lives with her husband in New York and Salisbury, CT.
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