Published: July 28, 2015
A chance encounter sparks an unrelenting web of lies in this stunning new psychological thriller from national bestselling author Mary Kubica
She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can’t get the girl out of her head…
Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. But despite her family’s objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.
Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow’s past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she’s willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.
I will start out by saying that this book was not what I had expected and then say that I loved it. I would have rated it five stars on Good Reads except for the fact that the first three-fourths of the book was so slow, so I gave it four stars.
The story is told in three points of view: Heidi, a woman who works for a non-profit and who has always believed that she was destined to be a mother to a large family even if cancer did take that all away from her, Chris, her husband, who is a workaholic and has roaming eyes for a female colleague, and Willow, the juvenile with a baby that Heidi invites into her home. None of these characters are what they seem on the surface, however. As we progress chapter by chapter, we learn more about what makes up the core of each one and what secrets they are holding hidden inside. Oh, there is another important character, but she doesn’t talk because she is four months old. Her name is Ruby, but even she isn’t what she seems.
This is a powerful story about dreams lost, loves lost, the abuse that can happen within the foster care system and of haunting pasts that won’t go away.
Truly, a fantastic book. I highly recommend it.