She's Not There - Joy Fielding | Book Review

Pages: 368 pages, Hardback
Publication date: February 23, 2016
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
How I got the copy: Received ARC copy from publisher (Penguin Random House Canada)
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Series: N/A

A novel of psychological suspense about a woman whose life takes a shocking turn when a young girl contacts her, claiming to be her daughter, kidnapped in Mexico years earlier, from theNew York Times bestselling author of Someone is Watching.

A lifetime ago, every year Caroline Shipley looked forward to her wedding anniversary. But then a celebratory trip to Mexico for the occasion with her husband and friends ended in the unsolved kidnapping of her infant daughter, Samantha. Now, fifteen years after that horrific time, divorced and isolated,Caroline is forced to relive the kidnapping by reporters who call every year on the anniversary of Samantha’s disappearance. However, this year when the phone rings, Caroline hears the sweet voice of a girl claiming to be her long-lost daughter. Plunged back into the world of heartbreak, suspicion and questions that led the case to run cold so many years ago, Caroline doesn’t know what or who to believe. But when she starts to figure it out, she finds the answers dangerously close to home.

I enjoyed reading She's Not There. I enjoyed the writing style and the premise of the story hooked me from before I started reading and I was intrigued to find out where Samantha went. I would have been very disappointed if this mystery wasn't resolved and left opened for interpretation.

This book focuses on Caroline's life after the abduction of younger daughter, Samantha, in Mexico while celebrating her 10th anniversary with her now ex-husband. It shows where she is now, 15 years later, and how her life was changed by her daughters disappearance. But Caroline cannot escape her worst nightmare. With each year that passes the news brings back the disappearance of Samantha and it's caused her to loose jobs, struggling to find a job and has affected her relationship with her older daughter.

Joy Fielding does a great job at describing the feeling of Samantha's loss. When Samantha is abducted I was very creeped out about how someone got into the couples hotel room and where Samantha was taken too.

For majority of the book I found the flashbacks to Mexico interrupted my curiosity and the flow to Caroline's present life. I tended to put the book down every chapter or two because I'd knew the next chapter wouldn't continue where I left off. I thought it was a nice surprise when I came across a flashback that wasn't from Mexico and instead of 5 years before present day.

I enjoyed this book but it took me a long time to get through it. I'd recommend this to readers that enjoy adult suspense, thriller and/or mystery books.


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