Author- Mary Kubica
The Plot-One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life. (Via. Goodreads)
My Take– What I don’t love about family secrets? Nothing. I love everything about it. You know that your family isn’t as weird and it actually works out for you when you read how messed up this one is. The ‘good’ girl Mia hasn’t reached home. Her mother has given up connecting with her daughter and doesn’t mind the infrequent phone calls. She has adjusted to the American lifestyle, her husband has imposed on her. Yet when she finds Mia, her favourite daughter missing, she goes berserk. And she comes alive. Only her husband feels that Mia must be have runaway to live her wild dreams. Only we, the readers know better. I found the Judge (father/husband) as infuriating as you would. He is an asshole and really someone you could never talk to. Mia is lonely and her boyfriend is as cheap. He turns up late to their dates and never really gives her his time. Though Mis is busy with her life as an art teacher, she wants something more from life.
The enigmatic stranger who woos her into his home. And then kidnapped her from the very dangerous man who asked him to do the job. Was he trying to protect or he wanted the money for himself, that is the question that you would ask yourself.
The novel is written in different POVs which is great because as much as we like first person, it’s difficult to mind read the characters. Gabe, Eve, Mia and Colin, all gives us their part of the story. Gabe, the officer investigating the case, falls for Mia’s mother and she is deeply attracted to him as well. But she is married to a judge, a man who swept her off her feet once upon a time. Their characters are really developed well and i could fall for this British born beautiful older woman, who is trapped in a loveless marriage now.
Colin’s character is the usual kidnapper one. He is hard on her but keeps her alive.
Mia keeps asking him what will he do with her. She has no clue why she is here.
Finally Mia is found. But will they fall for each other or Colin will end up in jail , no one knows. This is not your typical fairy tale kind of book where you will find a wedding in the end. But what’s interesting is how it goes back and forth since Mia forgets her life all together. Even her name.
What to look for in the book?
The development of each character who are going to show what love and compassion is. The end is going to blow your mind off. So keep yourself from flipping to the last page (please!)
What’s dull about the book?
It kind of drags in the end. But you have to finish in one go or go crazy. It’s not as gripping as I thought it would be but it was a good read, good language (although i like the Gillian Flynn kind of spooking language). It still needs a little sharp and rip dialogues.