Type: Mystery/Psychological Thriller
ARC provided by the publisher and NetGalley
Release date: August 8, 2017
Available at Amazon
Reviewed by 2shay
Rating: 3 Stars
One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.
Review by 2shay……….
It would be a lie if I said I enjoyed this book. It’s dark. It’s interesting. I have no idea if pathological narcissism actually exists or if it’s a device of the author’s. She acknowledges a person who helped her with this mental disorder, so I have to take a leap of faith and think it’s real. I do know that the family in this story is dysfunctional to the tenth power! They’re awful! Not one character who is really likable. Cass is understandable, at some level, but certainly not likable.
So, if you really like the dark, psychological stories with an unreliable narrator, this will be right in your wheel house. If you love reading about rare, difficult to diagnose mental disorders, you will be fascinated. The writing is superb, the pacing and flow is perfect. It’s very well done with just a tiny plot hole at the end. That plot hole may have been intentional. Maybe. In real life few issues are tied up in neat little bows, so that gave the story a certain air of authenticity that was, to me, absent in the rest of the story. I find it hard to believe that a family this messed up would go unnoticed until after a tragedy occurs. However, the news reminds me every day that these things happen. I guess I would rather not read the same tragic stories for entertainment. If you disagree, pick up a copy and…