A mother with a troubled past vanishes while hiking, leaving her family to piece together her secrets, in this keenly observed novel from the bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.
Billie Flannigan has been missing for almost a year after she left to go hiking. No body has ever been found and as the one year anniversary is coming up, Jonathan and Olive are doing the best they can do get through their pain.
Olive begins having visions of her mother begging her to come and find her. Jonathan is stuck trying to begin a book about their life together, but the bottle and memories get in the way.
I liked the premise of the book. A woman disappears, assumed dead and normally that would be that. But Olive isn’t going to let it go. As she and her father dig into Billie’s past they find more questions than answers.
Did anyone really know who Billie was/is? The pace was a little slow for me in spots. I didn’t feel like I had a handle on any of the characters. Everyone was just giving their version of who this woman was in their eyes.
Unfortunately I thought the characters needed a lot more authenticity. I would give her writing another read however because she is a good writer.
Thank you Netgalley and Penguin Random House!
- Print Length: 368 pages
- Publisher: Spiegel & Grau (July 11, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 11, 2017
- Sold by: Random House LLC