Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children's festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him for now. As days become weeks with her new family, eight-year-old Carmel realizes that this man believes she has a special gift.... While her mother desperately tries to find her, Carmel embarks on an extraordinary journey, one that will make her question who she is - and who she might become.
"Moving, convincing, and completely compelling. I read through the night, desperate to know the little girl's fate." (Erin Kelly, author of The Poison Tree)
"Trust us: This book is unlike anything else." (Stylist)
"2015's oh-so-chilling thriller breakout." (Grazia)
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Emotional, Interesting, Well Performed
Eventually. I'm not sure I could put myself through the emotion of it again for a while. The book goes back and forth between the perspective of the mother and the daughter -- the daughter's section is an interesting story, while the mother's section put me into severe emotional trauma (this is a good thing for a book to do!!!!).
Beth (the mother), without doubt. Her emotions as she goes through the loss of Carmel, trying to recover from the loss, guilt for trying to recover, etc., are incredibly true. During Carmel's sections, I listened attentively; during Beth's sections, I bawled uncontrollably.
She did a great job of going back and forth between Beth and Carmel -- both characters sounded very real. I agree with other reviewers that some of the characters with other accents (especially Mexican) did not feel as authentic.