At the start of this compelling novel of psychological suspense from Mary Higgins Clark Award–winner Rader-Day (Little Pretty Things), handwriting analyst Anna Winger agrees to assist the Parks, Ind., sheriff in the hunt for a missing child. She does so reluctantly, since she suspects that the mother was trapped in an abusive marriage and may have escaped with her young son. If that’s the case, Anna isn’t sure she wants the mother and boy found. Anna knows about living with violence—she has been hiding from her abusive boyfriend for years, ever since she learned that she was pregnant and was forced to fake her own death to escape. Anna and her now-teenage son, Joshua, have moved every few years. When Joshua goes missing, Anna must examine everything she thought she knew—and confront the demons from her past. Beautiful prose and tack-sharp observations round out this slow-burning but thought-provoking meditation on the ravages of domestic violence. Agent: Sharon Bowers, Miller Bowers Griffin Literary Management. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 02/06/2017 Release date: 04/01/2017 Genre: Fiction
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