My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Blurb: An addictive novel of psychological suspense from the award-winning author of Night Night, Sleep Tight, about three generations of women haunted by a little girl’s disappearance, and the porcelain doll that may hold the key to the truth . . .
Seven-year-old Lissie Woodham and her four-year-old sister Janey were playing with their porcelain dolls in the front yard when an adorable puppy scampered by. Eager to pet the pretty dog, Lissie chased after the pup as it ran down the street. When she returned to the yard, Janey’s precious doll was gone . . . and so was Janey.
Forty years after Janey went missing, Lis—now a mother with a college-age daughter of her own—still blames herself for what happened. Every year on the anniversary of her sister’s disappearance, their mother, Miss Sorrel, places a classified ad in the local paper with a picture of the toy Janey had with her that day—a one-of-a-kind porcelain doll—offering a generous cash reward for its return. For years, there’s been no response. But this year, the doll came home.
It is the first clue in a decades-old mystery that is about to turn into something far more sinister—endangering Lis and the lives of her mother and daughter as well. Someone knows the truth about what happened all those years ago, and is desperate to keep it hidden.
My Review: This was a good book to listen to rather than read. The narration was wonderful and brought the different female characters to life. There are quite a few women in the novel and I might have gotten confused as to what was going on at times, but the narrators vocal skills kept everyone distinct.
I read a lot of mysteries so I pretty much knew who the baddie was from early on in the book, yet I didn’t stop listening. The characters were interesting enough and the family dynamics rich enough to keep me interested even when I knew how it would eventually end. That is the mark of a well-written thriller.