Claire Barnes is shattered when her husband, Greg, goes on a business trip and never returns.
Unwilling to just wait for the police to find him, Claire conducts her own investigation. Her best friend Drew helps her look for answers, but all she finds are troubling questions.
With every clue, she discovers that Greg may not be the man she thought she married.
While battling her growing feelings for Drew and raising her two young children, Claire must learn to live with the knowledge that the truth behind Greg’s disappearance may never be revealed.
5-Stars! Plus MORE!
This is an OUTSTANDING read! Mystery/Suspense/Psychological Thriller all the way! Yes! I am singing HIGH praises about this book because it deserves it!
I am really missing this book now that it is over, too! I feel like a lost puppy who can't find it's own tail, which only goes to show you how MUCH I LOVED this book! I really enjoyed it! Koodles to this author, Kate Moretti!
Claire's husband disappears in this book. This really makes me wonder about my own spouse! This book gives quite the shock value.
Do "I" really KNOW my own husband? Probably not. No. Not 'every' secret, but do I really want to know 'every' secret? No, I do not. Some secrets are better left alone. With that said though, this book really makes you ponder this question. You live with your spouse every day, 24/7, minus work schedules, friends, etc., but do you really think you know all there is to know? Do each of you know everything you need to about the other? Do you know enough about the secrets both of you carry in order to not worry that the other may just some day disappear? Is there anything you don't know that could just make your spouse disappear given the right buttons are pushed too far, and one or the other psychologically breaks?
Claires is a married, stay at home Mom to two beautiful young girls, ages 2 and 4. Once a month, her and her husband, Greg, make sure to at least take one evening a month for their 'date night'. This is their time to spend together, just the two of them. As dedicated as their date night is, their sex life is not. Lately their sex life has been lacking quite severely. This has been concerning Claire for quite some time, and it felt like they were on a sex strike (right from the book) However, three nights prior to this one, they had had a wonderful day together, along with the girls, too. That evening Greg couldn't have been more loving to her than ever before. The time they spent together making love was beautiful, tender, and well worth remembering.
Tonight is date night, the babysitter is there, but Greg is not. Claire embarrassingly sends the babysitter home. Greg had gone out of town on business, and at first Claire thinks he is just delayed. Did he miss his flight home? Where is he? Why didn't he call like he always has in the past? With his cell phone evidently dead, and no way to contact him, she doesn't know where to turn next. Greg never does come home.
Claire starts her own investigation by calling the airlines, the hotel, and anywhere else she knows he may have been. Nothing. Although the hotel says he checked in, they don't think he ever even stayed there.
Claires turns her attention to her children. Her husband loves their daughters immensely, plays with them every night, and is the best dad there is with them. He is the epitome of the perfect father. She daydreams how they played, laughed, how much the girls love him.
Not only has Greg disappeared, but so has the family dog? What is going on? At first, Claire searches and searches for the dog, to no avail. The children keep asking, "Where is Daddy? When is Daddy coming home?". Ugh! Can you imagine? "I" would be in panic mode now! Where is the dog?
With not knowing a thing, she doesn't know where to turn next. She is a little frantic. After the first 24 hours are over, Day Two comes slowly, now it's at the 'official' 48 hour mark, and still NO GREG. Now she needs to officially file a missing person's report. She does so, not believing this is happening 'to her'. Her world has fallen apart.
The next day a Detective comes over and interviews her some more, gets some photos of Greg, then proceeds to tell her 'when a spouse goes missing most all of the time, it's because they want to be'. This shakes Claire up to the bone, goosebumps cover her body and a shrill runs down her spine. It dd myself, too.
Claire's best friend since childhood comes over the next day. Drew. Relief! He grew up next door to her, and ever since they had been the best of friends. Her girls love him, calling him Uncle Drew since they could talk. He was fun, loud, and obnoxious with them. They love him because he is so much fun! Now all the girls want is for Uncle Drew to stay overnight!
Together Claire and Drew work on trying to find out what happened to Greg.
Time goes by, and still no Greg. Now what does she do? Go on with life? How? Is she still married? Are these new feelings popping up she feels for Drew a good thing, or is it betraying her husband? How IS she supposed to feel? Will a dead body eventually show up, or will her husband show up one day on her doorstep? If he did, he had better have a good reason as to 'why' he disappeared in the first place, or is this expecting too much from him in case something bad did happen to him? Again, what about these feelings she has towards Drew? No pun intended, but she does feel drawn to him now. He's been helping her try to find Greg, and some answers are not to her liking. So 'what' now? Along the way, twists and turns come up.
As we go along reading this book, don't worry. No, everything is not saved until the end, but the ending, well, WOW!
I have to say this book read like a charm to me. I love the way this author writes. The writing is enjoyable, easy to follow because she writes SO well, it flowed very smoothly, and was impeccable. No errors! The writing and story had substance to it, which is a sign of excellent editing, too. I enjoyed this book immensely, and I have zero qualms with it. Of course this book is fiction, and I had a few questions, but nothing that impaired the story. This book was very professional and seemed as if this author had been writing for years, and most likely has been, and this is her first published work. If you were to tell me this book was put out there by a small press and was this author's first book, I would have laughed at you had I not known otherwise! I see this author excelling with her writing career. This is one author to watch! Can't wait for more from her, and it can't come soon enough! I HIGHLY recommend this book! I received this book for FREE from Red Adept Publishing (which has really impressed me with the titles of books they publish!), and this book is part of a Blog Tour, in exchange to read and write a review about it. It is NOT required for this review to be either positive or negative, but of my own honest opinion. “Free” means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to read this book nor to write this review, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html
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I LOVED this book! I was asked to review this book, and was elated because I wanted to read it in the first place! It will go into my 'Just for Fun Reading Challenge 2013' for the month of March! LOVED this book!
About the Author:
Kate Moretti lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and a dog. She's worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry for ten years as a Scientist, and has been an avid fiction reader her entire life.
She enjoys traveling and cooking, although with two kids, a day job, and writing, she doesn't get to do those things as much as she'd like to.
Her lifelong dream is to buy an old house with a secret passageway!