Published by Christine Barfknecht on August 4, 2018
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Laurie Brandon isn’t crazy. It’s a bout of panic that has her muttering indecipherable sounds and crying out like a mad woman, an attack brought on by her infant daughter’s sudden disappearance from the town’s annual Apple Festival. Not insanity. She needs help to save Emily. Someone has to see that, do something.
But her recent history of psychosis coupled with witness claims that Emily was never at the festival with Laurie isn’t helping her credibility. Neither is recent suspension from her job as a school teacher over stability concerns. Perhaps most damaging, though, is Laurie’s insistence that her ex-husband, Jake, had something to do with the child’s disappearance. Any sane person knows a dead man can’t run off with a baby.
The town sheriff believes Laurie is, at best, unreliable and possibly something much worse. But Laurie knows what she saw. She knows other things, too, details too hard to believe and even harder to accept. Now, she needs to convince someone – anyone – that Emily is in danger before the sheriff locks Laurie away permanently.
This is one dark twisty ride. It was crazy but so fricking good! We have a book which is told from multiple POV with multiple stories spanning multiple days and jumping back and forth between days. You really were on the edge of your seat with this.
Laurie is at the towns yearly Apple festival. Her daughter Emily is with her, then an attack comes over her, what this attack is, we aren’t sure. It’s dark and it’s scary and she’s lost in her head somehow. When she wakes up, Emily is gone! This really is my worse nightmare, turning my back for a second and my little one not being there, words can’t express the fear, I would probably have a breakdown. She can’t speak, she can’t communicate and she freaks out when the Sheriff turns up (god he gave me chills and I just wanted him to go away!) but Brad can get through to her. Sheriff Tilton puts everyone on edge and quite frankly (being really polite here) no one likes him and he needs to disappear! Laurie’s husband had died in an accident, and before he died he led the town to believe she was crazy, she’s suspended from her job due to these rumours and he is was a complete douche, the things he did! The problem is, when people are interviewed they are all saying Emily was never there! WTF?!
Brad, the neighbour, is at the festival with his son Luke who he is fighting joint custody for. Enjoying their bonding, they hear Laurie’s scream, and rush to try to help, well until Tilton turns up! He is a fire fighter
Mark, a fire investigator (and Brad’s boss) is brought to us a couple of days before Emily goes missing. Investigating a house fire, and Sheriff Tilton is throwing his weight around. Mark has his own reasons for hating him the slimeball. Mark also has family issues with his daughter running away from home again, and his wife, well things aren’t
The author has taken a seemingly normal thriller storyline and twists
*Thank you so much to Cami at RABT and the author Christine Barfknecht for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review*
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