It’s a bright sunny day here and it is perfect for chilling in the garden with a good book. Today I have another review for you, from one of the best writers of psychological thrillers, Joy Fielding. She’s Not There is her latest novel and it is a real roller coaster of human emotions.
Caroline Shipley has suffered a lot. During an anniversary trip fifteen years ago, her younger daughter has been kidnapped. Taken away from the bed in the hotel room while she and her husband were having dinner at the restaurant. Fifteen years she is trying to find her daughter, fifteen years she is trying to survive. The marriage is over long time ago, the relationship with the other daughter is very sensitive, she loses her job as a teacher several times (who wants to employ someone to take care for other children and can’t take care for her own). Caroline has been accused for neglecting her child, for being a selfish mother, a lousy wife. But she still hopes for a happy ending. Still, after fifteen years, she hopes that her youngest is somewhere safe and sound and will come home one day.
And then, out of the blue, a phone call changes everything. A young woman from Canada claims to be her lost daughter. Coping with many frauds in the last fifteen years, she still decides to give this girl a chance. She really needs to believe in something. Could this girl really be her long lost daughter?
I think that the author portrayed Caroline really well. The struggles of a mother for her child are very emotionally written. Something like this can happen to anyone, it’s every parent’s nightmare. The fear, the suspicions, the struggles, the pain, it’s all there. A real emotional roller coaster, like ripped from the real life. I never suspected that kind of outcome, but the story kept me tensed till the last page. Overall, I liked it and it is good read for all those who like psychological thrillers.