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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Abbott, a psychologically intense and emotionally gripping new suspense novel about a daughter's desperate search for her missing mother - one that may lead her closer to home than she ever anticipated.

My mom would never leave me. 

This has been Mariah Dunning's motto. Her compass. Her belief. So when she glimpses her mother - who's been missing for the past year - on the other side of a crowded food court, Mariah's conviction becomes stronger than ever. Or is she losing her mind?

An unlikely coincidence?

When Beth Dunning disappeared without a trace, suspicion for her murder - despite the lack of a body or any physical evidence - immediately fell upon Mariah's father. Until Mariah stumbles upon two other recent disappearances from Lakehaven. All three women had the same name: Beth. 

Or a sinister connection?

Mariah would give anything to find out what happened to her mother and clear her father's name. But the truth may be more devastating than she could have imagined....

Jeff Abbott once again proves why he's "one of the best thriller writers in the business" (Associated Press) with this twisty new novel. 

©2018 Jeff Abbott (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Abbott's perfectly-paced thriller catches literary fire, crackling along with a nicely-meshed Jason Bourne-I Know What You Did Last Summer vibe.... Abbott, a deft and nimble writer, skillfully steers us through small-community pettinesses and pressures, as well as, yes, the dark evil that lurks - all too often, it seems - deep in suburban territory." (The Seattle Review of Books)

"If you like Harlan Coben, read this book. Taut, twisty, and elegantly-written, with an ending you won't see coming." (Sarah Pekkanen, best-selling author of The Perfect Neighbors)

"[A] tense psychological thriller.... The unconventional plot, the constant surprises, and above all the psychological depth of the characters all make this a first-rate crime novel." (Kirkus Reviews)

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This book was pretty good, story held my interest and there were twists and turns I didn’t see but there were also as many that I did see coming. In general, this was a decent mystery/suspense. The only thing that didn’t make this book on the level of great was that Mariah, the protagonist, had absolutely zero difficulties when it came to accessing info and data that helped her unravel the mysteries that surrounded her mother’s disappearance. In reality, most of the things she was able to accomplish and act on would’ve been nearly impossible. Some examples: she so easily got practical strangers and people she just met to literally confess and reveal secrets to her; she also so easily obtained confidential company and personal info upon request or threats that would’ve in reality, landed her in significant trouble; people always just happened to be already logged into accounts when she happened upon their laptops and happened to not be home with the door unlocked; or she can guess passwords with 2 attempts. I don’t mean that everything should always be a struggle, but it makes a story more believable if events unfolded more realistically. This didn’t necessarily hinder the story but I definitely rolled my eyes a few time thinking “of course she was able to do that”. I know I’m just being a really tough critic, but I recently listened to a lot of solid mystery/thrillers so my threshold between good and great has a large discrepancy – but I did enjoy this book and I’ve listened to one of the author’s other books and equally liked it.

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  • Jenn
  • 10-26-18

2 Beths & a 3rd

This book was pretty good, story held my interest and there were twists and turns I didn’t see but there were also as many that I did see coming. In general, this was a decent mystery/suspense. The only thing that didn’t make this book on the level of great was that Mariah, the protagonist, had absolutely zero difficulties when it came to accessing info and data that helped her unravel the mysteries that surrounded her mother’s disappearance. In reality, most of the things she was able to accomplish and act on would’ve been nearly impossible. Some examples: she so easily got practical strangers and people she just met to literally confess and reveal secrets to her; she also so easily obtained confidential company and personal info upon request or threats that would’ve in reality, landed her in significant trouble; people always just happened to be already logged into accounts when she happened upon their laptops and happened to not be home with the door unlocked; or she can guess passwords with 2 attempts. I don’t mean that everything should always be a struggle, but it makes a story more believable if events unfolded more realistically. This didn’t necessarily hinder the story but I definitely rolled my eyes a few time thinking “of course she was able to do that”. I know I’m just being a really tough critic, but I recently listened to a lot of solid mystery/thrillers so my threshold between good and great has a large discrepancy – but I did enjoy this book and I’ve listened to one of the author’s other books and equally liked it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jenn
  • 10-26-18

2 Beths & a 3rd

This book was pretty good, story held my interest and there were twists and turns I didn’t see but there were also as many that I did see coming. In general, this was a decent mystery/suspense. The only thing that didn’t make this book on the level of great was that Mariah, the protagonist, had absolutely zero difficulties when it came to accessing info and data that helped her unravel the mysteries that surrounded her mother’s disappearance. In reality, most of the things she was able to accomplish and act on would’ve been nearly impossible. Some examples: she so easily got practical strangers and people she just met to literally confess and reveal secrets to her; she also so easily obtained confidential company and personal info upon request or threats that would’ve in reality, landed her in significant trouble; people always just happened to be already logged into accounts when she happened upon their laptops and happened to not be home with the door unlocked; or she can guess passwords with 2 attempts. I don’t mean that everything should always be a struggle, but it makes a story more believable if events unfolded more realistically. This didn’t necessarily hinder the story but I definitely rolled my eyes a few time thinking “of course she was able to do that”. I know I’m just being a really tough critic, but I recently listened to a lot of solid mystery/thrillers so my threshold between good and great has a large discrepancy – but I did enjoy this book and I’ve listened to one of the author’s other books and equally liked it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful