Wednesday, November 11, 2020



Author: S.K. Barnett

Publisher: Dutton

Year: 2020


Synopsis: Jenny Kristal was six years old when she was snatched off the sidewalk from her quiet suburban neighborhood. Twelve years later, she's miraculously returned home after escaping her kidnappers—but as her parents and older brother welcome her back, the questions begin to mount. Where has she been all these years? Why is she back now? And is home really the safest place for her . . . or for any of them? 

This is a twisted spin on a missing child story. Jenny reruns home after being missing for 12 years, but her homecoming  raises more questions than answers. 

The characters aren’t complex, but in this case they don’t have to be. This isn’t a character driven novel. Jenny is smart, tough and resilient. Her mom and dad are thrilled that she’s back. Her older brother is a stoner and seems skeptical of the whole situation. Jenny’s story unfold between past and present and the pace of the book moves along at a fast clip and never gets bogged down. My only complaint is the characterization of a public librarian as being a doddering old crank lording over a dusty library. Get out of here with that tired old cliche! I suggest the author spends some time in some libraries. Other than that, this was a great mystery. (TW: child sexual abuse). 

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