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I thought that this book was okay. I really liked certain aspects of the book while I found other aspects less impressive. This book found its way onto my reading schedule largely because the premise of the book was quite intriguing in addition to positive reviews from others. I did find the story to be rather interesting and I am glad that I decided to give it a try.
Lainey is a rather tragic character. As a child, Lainey was taken and held captive for three years. She carries a lot of emotional scars from her ordeal in addition to her physical ones. They have never caught her captor. Lainey is really just getting by in her life. She works a couple of entry-level jobs and lives in an apartment she can afford. She uses chemicals to help herself deal with day to day life.
Everything changes when Lainey sees a poster for a missing girl. She knows right away that this girl is connected to her case and she knows that the girl is in danger. Lainey feels compelled to help find the girl before it is too late. She finds herself working with the police and even her parents to get to the bottom of what has really happened.
I liked the basic story but had a few issues. It seemed like everyone kept crossing boundaries with Lainey. Not only did I hate seeing these things happen to Lainey, but they also didn't always feel authentic to me. It never felt right that Lainey would have been given so much access to a case being actively investigated by the police. She was anything but qualified! I really had a hard time connecting with Lainey or any of the characters.
I thought that Vanessa Johansson did a great job with the narration. I think that this was the first time that I have had the chance to listen to her narration work and I really enjoyed the way she read the story. She did a great job with various character voices and added a lot of intensity to the mystery.
I do think that a lot of readers might like this one a bit more than I did. I thought it was a compelling mystery with an interesting twist. I wouldn't hesitate to read more of Nina Laurin's work in the future.
I received a digital review copy of this book from Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley and purchased a copy of the audiobook.
This was okay. I liked it but it was never great for me but it wasn't terrible either. Lainey is a rather tragic character. She has been through so much more than any person should be expected to endure. This book is not only a mystery regarding the disappearance of little Olivia but also what really happened all those years ago to Lainey. Unfortunately, I never grew to care for Lainey. I could see that she has been beaten down by what has happened to her in her life and I didn't like how the people who were supposed to care for or watch out for her crossed the line time and again but I just couldn't connect with her on any level. It didn't make sense to me that she would have been allowed so deeply into the investigation surrounding Olivia's disappearance in the first place. I listened to the audio version of the book and thought that the narrator did a great job.