Published by Dutton Books on July 17th 2018
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“…when everyone thinks they know your worst secret, you become something less than everyone else. Nothing about your life is private or even decent. No one trusts you either, because when tragic things happen to a person, the tragedy sticks.”
Lane Fielding thought she would never return to small hometown in Florida. When she left twenty years earlier she swore that was the last the town would see of her. Then her marriage ended, and she found herself with two daughters and decided to go back to her hometown and live in her family home on the historic Fielding Plantation.
Her family has always been steeped in controversy. Her father is the infamous former director of a boy’s school. A boy’s school full or horror and misery. Many boy’s perished at the school while others ran. Many allegations of abuse and various lawsuits have been filed against Lane’s father over the years. Lane’s own past haunts her as she attempts to build a life for her children.
Then one day, Lane’s oldest daughter, Annalee, goes missing two days after another girl in town has been missing. Is there a connection? Is this the work of a serial killer? Did her daughter run away? Making things worse, Lane’s youngest daughter Tally admits that she has been spending time with a new friend in the hopes that she will be accepted into the Little sisters of the south group which is held at the local church. Why does Lane not know what is going on with her children?
As Lane searches for her daughter, family secrets, secrets, lies and revelations come to light. The past and the present collide in this book at a nice pace. I found this book to be well written and enjoyed how the reader is given a glimpse into various characters thoughts. The book started out strong for me but then lost a little momentum. I kept waiting for something big to happen – something that would really WOW me. I didn’t really get it but still found the book to be enjoyable. Once the revelations start coming, the book picks up steam again and leaves the reader with answers and a satisfying final chapter.
Thank you to Penguin Group Dutton and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.