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She’s Not There

She's Not ThereShe’s Not There by Joy Fielding

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in return for an honest review.

Joy Fielding gives us a compelling new book with She’s Not There, the story of the Shipley family, who travel to Mexico to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary and return home without one of their daughters, two year old Samantha, the victim of a kidnapping.

Chapters switch from present day to the past – the Mexico resort, a year after the kidnapping, five years later, describing Caroline’s continuing nightmare and how she tries to assimilate back into her own life – no easy feat for a woman no one trusts. This writing technique allows readers to ease into Caroline’s dreadful daily life.

She has been tricked more than once, been given false hope. This happens again on the fifteenth anniversary of Samantha’s kidnapping. Caroline receives a phone call from a young girl who says may be her daughter. By allowing herself to pursue this possibility, the Shipley family and friends open doors Caroline never imagined.

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