Together for over a decade, Kyra and David Winter are happier than they ever thought they could be. They have a comfortable home, stable careers, and a young son, Michael, whom they love more than anything. Yet because of their complicated histories, Kyra and David have always feared that this domestic bliss couldn’t last – that the life they created was destined to be disrupted. And on one perfectly average summer day, it is: Michael disappears from his own backyard.
The only question is whose past has finally caught up with them: David feels sure that Michael was taken by his troubled ex-wife, while Kyra believes the kidnapper must be someone from her estranged family, someone she betrayed years ago.
Is there anything more difficult than family dynamics? The love you have for your family is stronger than anything else, yet there are other emotions constantly playing out as well. Jealousies, resentments, doubts, fears…don’t tell me you haven’t felt those same things about a family member at one time or another! Lisa Tucker takes these feelings and layers them one on top of another with a closeted past and a symphony of secrets.
Michael is used to being sheltered. His overly protective parents do everything within their power to keep him safe so nothing can hurt him like it hurt his dad’s first child. But what this has caused Michael to do, is question everything that crosses his path except the stranger that comes to pick him up one day. His parents wouldn’t let somebody else pick him up unless they approved of this person so it must be okay to go with her. But who is she and what does she want with Michael?
Both David and Kyra have their suspicions. People from their individual pasts who have been wronged in some way. And at one time or another as the story unfolds you believe at first David is right then Kyra is right and then as revelations are gradually and deliberately unfolded you toss out everything you thought you knew and you start making other assumptions as to whom the kidnapper is.
Lisa Tucker is a new author to me and one I feel develops her characters well. With each new emotion the character brings to the surface they become more fully fleshed out until you feel like you can understand each incident they are involved in even if you would never feel or act that way yourself.
I enjoyed this book and while I would never classify it as a page turner- that is exactly what I seemed to do. I had to keep reading because each little tidbit that bubbled to the surface was bringing me closer to figuring out how David & Kyra’s past was about to collide with their present. 4/5 stars