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This story is a blend of the movie “The Three Faces of Eve” (old film from 1957) and the TV show with Toni Collete “United States of Tara”, combined with the book “The Dying Game” By Asa Avdic and “The Birthday Girl” by Sue Fortin.
Its paced well and doesn’t take long to get into. I really had no idea what kind of story this was going to be based on the summary (such as kidnap, killer, ransom etc.) but it gradually becomes clear as the book moves along. It wasn’t what I thought would happen at all, which was a great surprise, as the story took typical mystery/thriller elements and even plotlines but combined them with unique amounts of each. Though there is a lot going on in the storyline such as parallel stories, flashbacks, different character points of view, I think the author pulls it off fairly well and I think any future books will be even better.
The story is about a woman who ends up on a somewhat abandoned Greek Island and is taken in by four people who are there on a writer’s retreat. She has no recollection of how she got there and why – and, she can’t even remember her own name. However, in London, Lochlan, a husband and father of a 3-month-old baby girl and 4-year-old boy finds his wife, Eloise, and the mother of his children gone in the middle of the day. But, there are no signs of any intentional or forced departure, and her phone, money, cards, ID etc. are all still at home and furthermore, the 3-month-old is still breastfeeding. Eloise’s grandparents join Lochlan in the now nation-wide search for her and to help care for the children.
Meanwhile, at the small Greek Island, this woman, still confused about her identity, has no way of getting off the island and very much feels like a burden – using up food and on this intimate writer’s retreat. For the most part, she gets along with all of them - but not all of the time, as the four writers don’t seem to have anything in common. Furthermore, she becomes increasingly alarmed with the behavior of one person in particular and finds herself not knowing who to trust.
As these two stories unravel, we learn about Eloise’s childhood before she moved to live with her grandparents who raised her as their own daughter, the home life of Lochlan and Eloise, and Eloise’s increasingly complicated thoughts. I very much enjoyed this book, definitely worth the credit, and will be looking out for more books by the author, C.J. Cook in the future.
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I listen to about a book a week. This was by far one of the best.