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Reviewed by Debs Carr
The press release calls this book ‘…addictively suspenseful…’ and they’re not kidding. You’re immediately transported into the story wanting to know who the teenager is standing in the pouring rain on the station platform as she tries to care for the baby in her coat. The girl has nothing but the baby and an old leather suitcase, and Heidi watches her and wonders who she's waiting for and why she's standing, alone, soaking wet and unkempt. Heidi has spent her life helping others, as much as her high-flying husband, Chris deals in money, she deals in displaced people and is unable to resist helping this young girl, Willow. She ends up taking the girl and baby home with her.
The book is told in the first person with chapters from Heidi, Willow and Chris’ point of view. A few chapters in you know that something dreadful has happened, but what exactly is it, who did it happen to, and what was the motive behind it? As you slowly learn more about Willow’s past and what Heidi’s been through, you begin to understand how the young girl came to be standing on the platform and Heidi’s instinctive need to help her and the baby. The story is shocking, tragic and utterly compelling. I sat down one day and didn’t do a thing all day except lose myself in this story.
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Mary Kubica knows how to keep the reader’s attention. The chapters are short and as I read from one character’s story to another I felt compelled to read the next chapter, and the next. This certainly was an addictively, suspenseful psychological thriller and I loved it.