One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.
This is what a suspense novel is supposed to be!
I’ve had this book on my TBR for a while, but once I actually sat down with it, I finished it in a weekend. I could not put it down!
Sisters Emma and Cass grew up in a home with a manipulative narcissist for a mother—at least that’s what Dr. Abby Winter believes. The cops investigating the girl’s disappearance aren’t so quick to accuse a wealthy, upstanding citizen. When Cass returns with a wild tale of kidnapping and escape, things start to fall into place.
This novel takes the “unreliable narrator” trope and turns it on its head with not one, but two unreliable narrators who’s stories are affected by their trauma. The psychology used in this novel is flawless, and it is absolutely filled with twists you’ll never see coming.