Aubrey Wallace is the kind of man no one notices. Dotty Johnson is the kind of woman no one can ignore. One afternoon, they both disappear from the small Vermont town where they live. The next day, 200 miles away, a toddler is snatched from her Massachusetts home. For the next five years, Aubrey, Dotty, and the kidnapped child - bound together by strange love and desperate need - are trapped in a nomadic existence governed by their constant fear of discovery.
Canny, the little girl, becomes Aubrey's entire existence. But Dotty wants out. She is tired of being saddled with this fearful little man. When she meets Jiggy Huller, a brutal ex-convict, the wheels of Canny's return to her natural parents are wrenched fatally into motion.
I've enjoyed two other books by Mary McGarry Morris, so I thought I'd give this one a try. This author writes about damaged people and this generally makes for a disturbing read. I was especially disturbed by this group of characters and although I completed the book, I honestly can't tell you if I liked it. I'm not sure! The Good: the characters are well written and Ms. Schraf reads competently. The Bad: I told you already, the book is disturbing! I'll leave it up to you to decide if you want to give it a listen.
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