Life for Tom and Abby Stuart was a dream come true. The perfect little family, the one Tom has always pined for after his disatrious childhood. Tom, Abby, and little Caitlin. Caitlin never did seem to follow the rules, even as a small child. What would make you think anything would change as she grew up?
Caitlin Stuart. Twelve years old. Last seen in the park next to the cemetery walking her dog, Frosty. Disappearance. Did this young girl run away at just 12 years old? She always had a knack for rule breaking. Was she kidnapped? A 12 year old wouldn’t just leave her parents. Is she still alive? She couldn’t possibly be.
Flash forward 4 years later to a broken Tom and Abby. A mother who wants to move on from the heartache, start over and bury the past, come to the conclusion her daughter is statistically dead. A father who will still go to extremes to find the answers he’s searching for, the one who hasn’t given up hope that his little girl is still out there and that she is still alive.
Tom and Abby’s lives change once more when Detective Ryan calls to inform them, their daughter Caitlin has been found. It’s not the homecoming Tom always pictured. A marriage on the verge of derailment, with their distant 16 year old teenager who wants nothing to do with them, even runs away in the first 24 hours back home.
What are the lengths you would go to discover the truth behind your child’s disappearance and shocking return? Are they worth the all pain lying in the unknown?
I gave this book 5 stars out of 5. David Bell gripped my attention from the beginning and didn’t let up until the final sentence. On edge, every chapter needing more. My thoughts were constantly racing, playing the role of detective trying to sort on my own what the truth was behind Caitlin’s disappearance.
Tom Stuart had to be my favorite from this book. There were some actions he took that I don’t agree with, but all in all there is no denying the man would go to the end of the world for his daughter. It was admirable and left me with all the feels. Caitlin made my heart ache in every single scene with her. Enduring the nightmares she had to is unimaginable. There could be no moments of understanding for me, as I could not wrap my mind around them. Believe me though, there was a truckload of sympathy there.
This thriller is one of the best I’ve had a chance to read recently. I’ll be honest, I was expecting to be disappointed, as I have been lately with a lot if thrillers. As much as I thought I knew what was happening here, there was a constant second guessing which made me unsure of my ideas until the very end. Every page, I turned slowly to brace myself for plot twists. This story was not completely predictable and that was my favorite thing about it!