In 1986, Beth and Doug are so grateful to finally have a child after years of trying, but by the time little Hannah is a toddler, Beth knows that something is not right.
In 2017, Clara wakes up to the realization that her partner Luke failed to come home. Unable to get in touch with him because he had forgotten his cell phone, Clara knows he would never willingly abandon the job interview scheduled for that day.
Although police are initially reluctant to get involved since Luke is a grown man and has not been missing long,
they realize this disappearance may be serious when messages from a stalker are revealed. Luke had laughed them off, now, however, the messaged threats take on an even more menacing aspect.
As it becomes increasingly obvious that Luke is in danger, Clara tries to find out why Luke has been taken. Some of what she turns up is not to Luke's credit, but Clara is persistent in her attempts to find out who may have been behind Luke's disappearance.
Moving back and forth in time from 1986 to the present, the story unfolds in both expected and unexpected ways. The prologue gives a convenient prediction, but making things fit together is difficult because the author withholds enough information to keep the reader from fully understanding the overall situation. The picture is there, but not all of the pieces are available.
There is resolution, but the conclusion is ambiguous...almost as if leaving an opening for a sequel? Although "bad seed" characters are interesting, I don't know that I'd follow up on this one.
Read in July; blog post scheduled for Sept. 24.
Psychological/Mystery. Oct. 9, 2018. Print length: 385 pages.
If You Ask Me is a collection of advice articles Eleanor Roosevelt wrote over a period of twenty years. Interesting for a number of reasons: human problems and questions are remarkably similar regardless of the era; Mrs. Roosevelt took each question seriously and responded with insight and kindness no matter the topic; common sense and civility are in each response.
"Covering a wide variety of topics—everything from war, peace, and politics to love, marriage, religion, and popular culture—these columns reveal Eleanor Roosevelt’s warmth, humanity, and timeless relevance."
History/Advice. Oct. 9, 2018. Print length: 272 pages.
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