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Click Here for Amazon page Rena Sutherland wakes from a coma into a mother’s nightmare. Her daughter is missing – lost for four days – but no one has noticed; no one has complained; no one has been searching. As the victim support officer assigned to her case, Christine Emmett puts aside her own problems as she tries to guide Rena through the maelstrom of her daughter’s disa Click Here for Amazon page Rena Sutherland wakes from a coma into a mother’s nightmare. Her daughter is missing – lost for four days – but no one has noticed; no one has complained; no one has been searching. As the victim support officer assigned to her case, Christine Emmett puts aside her own problems as she tries to guide Rena through the maelstrom of her daughter’s disappearance. A task made harder by an ex-husband desperate for control; a paedophile on early-release in the community; and a psychic who knows more than seems possible. And intertwined throughout, the stories of six women; six daughters lost. "I thought that not knowing was the worst thing I could ever endure. Not knowing if she was in trouble or needing my help or in pain. I worried that she’d been taken by someone that would hurt her, then I worried that she’d been taken by someone who would love her and care for her and in a year or two she’d have forgotten I ever existed. Not knowing was killing me. The police found her body stuffed into an old recycling bin out the back of a sleep-out. My beautiful girl had been bent to fit as though she was just a piece of rubbish, something to be disposed of. When I went to the hospital to identify my beautiful girl’s broken body - that was worse than not knowing. When I buried her in the cemetery and compared the size of the gravesite to the other freshly buried bodies - that was worse than not knowing. When I drank myself to sleep on the anniversary of her sixth birthday, and realised that I would likely be doing that until my life ended - that was worse than not knowing."


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Click Here for Amazon page Rena Sutherland wakes from a coma into a mother’s nightmare. Her daughter is missing – lost for four days – but no one has noticed; no one has complained; no one has been searching. As the victim support officer assigned to her case, Christine Emmett puts aside her own problems as she tries to guide Rena through the maelstrom of her daughter’s disa Click Here for Amazon page Rena Sutherland wakes from a coma into a mother’s nightmare. Her daughter is missing – lost for four days – but no one has noticed; no one has complained; no one has been searching. As the victim support officer assigned to her case, Christine Emmett puts aside her own problems as she tries to guide Rena through the maelstrom of her daughter’s disappearance. A task made harder by an ex-husband desperate for control; a paedophile on early-release in the community; and a psychic who knows more than seems possible. And intertwined throughout, the stories of six women; six daughters lost. "I thought that not knowing was the worst thing I could ever endure. Not knowing if she was in trouble or needing my help or in pain. I worried that she’d been taken by someone that would hurt her, then I worried that she’d been taken by someone who would love her and care for her and in a year or two she’d have forgotten I ever existed. Not knowing was killing me. The police found her body stuffed into an old recycling bin out the back of a sleep-out. My beautiful girl had been bent to fit as though she was just a piece of rubbish, something to be disposed of. When I went to the hospital to identify my beautiful girl’s broken body - that was worse than not knowing. When I buried her in the cemetery and compared the size of the gravesite to the other freshly buried bodies - that was worse than not knowing. When I drank myself to sleep on the anniversary of her sixth birthday, and realised that I would likely be doing that until my life ended - that was worse than not knowing."

30 review for Found, Near Water

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maxine (Booklover Catlady)

    This book is one of those that I loved more and more as I kept reading. I admit at the start I was a touch unsure and was a bit confused by the many character introductions but I soon found my groove and the plot and pace of the book began to really take off. Rena Sutherland wakes from a coma into a mother’s nightmare. Her daughter is missing – lost for four days – but no one has noticed; no one has complained; no one has been searching. As the victim support officer assigned to her case, Christi This book is one of those that I loved more and more as I kept reading. I admit at the start I was a touch unsure and was a bit confused by the many character introductions but I soon found my groove and the plot and pace of the book began to really take off. Rena Sutherland wakes from a coma into a mother’s nightmare. Her daughter is missing – lost for four days – but no one has noticed; no one has complained; no one has been searching. As the victim support officer assigned to her case, Christine Emmett puts aside her own problems as she tries to guide Rena through the maelstrom of her daughter’s disappearance. A task made harder by an ex-husband desperate for control; a paedophile on early-release in the community; and a psychic who knows more than seems possible. And intertwined throughout, the stories of six women; six daughters lost. This is not your typical crime novel, although it does indeed involve the police, forensics, missing persons and the search for a killer(s). It's different because of the intense human element we see as well from the women that are all connected by a support group set up in the local community for those women who have lost a child. They are interlinked by grief, loss, and unfinished business. A massive hunt ensues to the relief of a frantic mother who struggled to have the police believe her daughter was stolen from her. With a plot that is taut, chilling at times and I could not stop reading, feeling the desperation of this mother wanting to find her child. I am a mother, I got it! I felt close to tears and panic too. It was harrowing. A psychic offers help to the investigation and to the surprise of all those doubting her she does help lead them to some clues. There are some fantastic twists in the plot, things I did NOT see coming that just amazed me and I really felt were very clever. All the characters are believable and intriguing. The location, set in New Zealand was extremely atmospheric and ideal to the overall book in my opinion. With plenty of suspense and intrigue, I enjoyed this read especially once the police case started to pick up traction and things were revealed bit by bit. I was blown away. You will not imagine for a second the final outcome and how powerful it is. It was a stunning ending to a very clever book. I received a copy of this book thanks to both the author and the publisher, many thanks for the opportunity to read and review this great book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    When Rachel wakes up in the hospital four days after an auto accident, her first words are .. Where's Chloe, where's my daughter? Christine is an ex-psychiatrist who now volunteers as a Victim's Advocate, working along side local law enforcement. She is called upon to speak to Rachel. Police have contacted her ex-husband, who makes no mention of a child. When they look at Rachel's residence, there are no obvious signs of a child living there. Throw in a history of depression, and the reader has t When Rachel wakes up in the hospital four days after an auto accident, her first words are .. Where's Chloe, where's my daughter? Christine is an ex-psychiatrist who now volunteers as a Victim's Advocate, working along side local law enforcement. She is called upon to speak to Rachel. Police have contacted her ex-husband, who makes no mention of a child. When they look at Rachel's residence, there are no obvious signs of a child living there. Throw in a history of depression, and the reader has to wonder ... is there really a missing child? This all leads to a group of women who Christine counsels .. they have all lost a child, one way or another, including Christine herself. The story is told in part by each of the women in this group. It's a fascinating way of looking at loss and tragedy, secrets that may be kept for fear of being blamed or shame for not telling the whole truth. A 'psychic' makes an appearance and 'knows' where a girl's body is hidden. Upon investigating, they find 9 children's bodies. But who is the woman, and what really connects her to all these other women? And who do these children belong to? An interesting plot .. but it felt a little disjointed at times. What I missed was the back-story on how all these women came together in the first place. There are secondary characters ... husbands and ex-husbands and sons and dysfunctional families who lend an air of believability to this story. Many thanks to the author / Net Galley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. 3.5 Stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mauoijenn

    *NetGalley book review* The MC runs a support group for woman who have lost their child/ren. Very sorrowful and thought provoking book on the subject. It would have been a good read if not for the areas of lagging big time. Some scenes were drawn out too long. But all in all a good book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer Emigrates To Pluto

    REVIEW: FOUND, NEAR WATER by Kathleen Hayton This is only the second mystery author I've read who uses Christchurch as a setting (the first, Paul Cleve). FOUND, NEAR WATER was engrossing, but some threads (Christine's marriage, the losses suffered by her support group) were depressing, or sad. Certainly the revelations to come later in the story are gritty and horrifying. Yet Ms. Hayton weaves them generously into a tale I could not set aside. I would like to see this extend into a series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This was...an odd book. I’m still deciding what I think about it. Even though it is relatively short, it had so many twists and turns that I had trouble keeping up with everything. By the end, when all of the reveals were coming fast and furious, I had to stop a couple of time and page backwards to try to catch up with what was going on and keep the characters and their stories straight. It is very intense and has some very graphic elements to it, enough to be very disturbing and possibly trigge This was...an odd book. I’m still deciding what I think about it. Even though it is relatively short, it had so many twists and turns that I had trouble keeping up with everything. By the end, when all of the reveals were coming fast and furious, I had to stop a couple of time and page backwards to try to catch up with what was going on and keep the characters and their stories straight. It is very intense and has some very graphic elements to it, enough to be very disturbing and possibly triggering for some people with traumatic experiences. Some of the scenes were so horrific that I didn’t even really click in to what was happening until after I’d read it, then I went, “Wait, WHAT just happened??”, and I had to go back and read it again. Then I had to drink. There are some plot points that I didn’t think were adequately explained or dealt with and seemed like they were just hanging out there. But, since this is a series, I’m going to assume that these are going to be picked up on later. I am not going to read the rest of the series, but I am glad that I read this one, just for the experience. I did enjoy it, but be warned that you will not be able to get some of the mental images out of your head.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    I had the pleasure of receiving this book from the author for an honest review. I hadn't realized that I had already got this from Net Galley too. That means I can spread the news of this debut novel widely! I am always apprehensive when reading and reviewing a debut novel. I know the author is sitting on the edge of his/her seat wondering how the book is going to be received by the reader. I started to read it with an open mind. I liked the blurb and it didn't disappoint me one iota on the insid I had the pleasure of receiving this book from the author for an honest review. I hadn't realized that I had already got this from Net Galley too. That means I can spread the news of this debut novel widely! I am always apprehensive when reading and reviewing a debut novel. I know the author is sitting on the edge of his/her seat wondering how the book is going to be received by the reader. I started to read it with an open mind. I liked the blurb and it didn't disappoint me one iota on the inside of this book. I thought it was a grand opening, then slowed down a little, but it soon picked up pace again. For a first novel, I think the author has done very well. As a lot of us reviewers do, we read an awful lot of books. We try not to compare with others, but inadvertently we tend to do this, but try not. So.... I can honestly say with this being the first thriller written by Katherine Hayton she has done very well. I am sure as time goes on in her writing she will excel even more as she has the ability to write a good enthralling real drama piece. As the story goes, a Mother was in a coma only to discover when she woke, her daughter had gone missing. No one knew, no one expected it, no one realized. I'm not sure about that bit in the book, but tossing that aside the rest of the intrigue kept my attention. Especially when the Father came back on the scene, and then, when we hear that the DCI has something happen to her child too. I was wondering what on earth it was as it didn't seem straight forward. Great ending to the story, brilliant conclusion. Looking forward to reading more from this new author to see who she develops. Thank you to Katherine Hayton for the chance to read/review your book. I have done this honestly and with my own thoughts

  7. 4 out of 5

    eileen rideout

    Very impressive Unusual and enthralling. Superior plot and characterisations. Looking forward to reading subsequent novels in this series hoping the standard of writing is as enjoyable.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    In her debut novel, Found, Near Water, author Katherine Hayton weaves a riveting and powerful crime thriller set in Christchurch, New Zealand, that follows the emotional stories of six women in a victim support group, who are connected through the shared bond of having gone through the tragedy of the disappearance or death of their daughters. Christine Emmett is a former psychiatrist turned victim support counselor, who began a victim support group after the drowning death of her daughter. The su In her debut novel, Found, Near Water, author Katherine Hayton weaves a riveting and powerful crime thriller set in Christchurch, New Zealand, that follows the emotional stories of six women in a victim support group, who are connected through the shared bond of having gone through the tragedy of the disappearance or death of their daughters. Christine Emmett is a former psychiatrist turned victim support counselor, who began a victim support group after the drowning death of her daughter. The support group consists of a group of four women: Terry, Ilene, Kendra, and Joanne, who have all endured the tragedy of the disappearance or death of their daughters. Christine is requested by the Christchurch Police Department to talk to Rena Sutherland, who is in the hospital after a car accident and claims that her daughter Chloe is missing. Christine is assigned as Rena's victim support officer and brings her into the support group as a new member while the mystery of her missing daughter is investigated. The reader is drawn into this dark and disturbing tale as each of the women's tragic stories unfold with riveting twists and turns that keeps them turning the pages. The author weaves a chilling and complex tale of the tragic circumstances surrounding the disappearances and deaths of the support group members daughters, you can't help but feel the palpable emotion and raw intensity that each of the women endured through the very traumatic and personal loss of their children. While the women of this support group have bonded over their shared loss and grief, their individual issues makes it really hard for them to be of real support to each other, especially for Christine, their support group leader. While the main focus of the story surrounds around the investigation into the disappearance of Rena's daughter, the author does a wonderful job of interweaving all of the women's stories into a sobering tale that is every parent's worst fear and nightmare. Found, Near Water is a haunting and tragic story that will stay with the reader for a very long time. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions. http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    Found, Near Water by Katherine Hayton is a highly recommended, well-paced mystery/crime novel set in New Zealand. As a former psychiatrist, Christine Emmett should be the best victim support counselor around, but as the leader and member of a support group for women who have lost daughters, she is dealing with past trauma of her own that is still playing havoc with her life. When DSS Erik Smith of the Christchurch Police Department contacts her to talk to Rena Sutherland as her victim support off Found, Near Water by Katherine Hayton is a highly recommended, well-paced mystery/crime novel set in New Zealand. As a former psychiatrist, Christine Emmett should be the best victim support counselor around, but as the leader and member of a support group for women who have lost daughters, she is dealing with past trauma of her own that is still playing havoc with her life. When DSS Erik Smith of the Christchurch Police Department contacts her to talk to Rena Sutherland as her victim support officer, he really wants her to decipher the truth. Rena has woken up in the hospital after a car accident and wants to know where her daughter, Chloe, is. The trouble is that no one saw her daughter and the police aren't even sure they really believe she has a daughter. Once Christine determines that Rena is telling the truth, there is a mad scramble to look for her daughter. It's been days since the accident and so the trail is cold. Interspersed between chapters are the stories of Terry, Ilene, Kendra, and Joanne, the 4 members of Christine's support group who have all endured the disappearance or death of their daughters. Adding to the tension is a known pedophile who has been released from prison, Rena's controlling ex-husband, and a psychic who claims to know where Chloe can be found. Found, Near Water was a riveting read for me. I found all the characters well developed and believable. You never know exactly what trauma a personal tragedy can extract on an individual's emotional health. The individual stories are powerfully written and emotionally charged. It makes the search for Chloe even more urgent and also more difficult for Christine to watch since she is still suffering from her own tragedy. The ending was not predictable and actually a surprise for me, which is nice. As a bonus, I rather enjoyed the New Zealand setting. My Kindle edition was courtesy of Katherine Hayton for review purposes.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I Recommend This Book          Maybe Thank you to Netgalley for an ARC of Found Near Water in return for an honest review. A harrowing tale of mothers affected by the death or disappearance of their children, this book focuses on members of a support group set up by Christine, who now works in Victim Support after she could no longer face her job as a psychiatrist. The book is interspersed with the stories of the women and what happened to them, it is in these stories that the strength of the book li I Recommend This Book          Maybe Thank you to Netgalley for an ARC of Found Near Water in return for an honest review. A harrowing tale of mothers affected by the death or disappearance of their children, this book focuses on members of a support group set up by Christine, who now works in Victim Support after she could no longer face her job as a psychiatrist. The book is interspersed with the stories of the women and what happened to them, it is in these stories that the strength of the book lies. I found the rest of the book less compelling to read and struggled to find a connection to Christine, I found her quite cold and lacking in empathy, although the reasons for this are addressed later on in the book. As I said it is the women's stories that are weaved into the book that compel you to read on. I would have liked this part to have been developed further which may have upped my rating to a four star, I have given it 3 as I found it hard to make a connection with the main character and would have liked more insight into the back stories of the women involved which would again have provided me with the connection I was looking for

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ted Mcdonnell

    The title is the first thing about this book to catch the eye. The phrase that seems to be used by every psychic that offers to help to find a missing person (or body) sets the theme right from the start. The victim support group where every member has a story to tell and the detective who seems unable to show empathy to anyone all revolve around the main character, who’s own story evolves as the plot progresses. There are twists and red herrings, I pride myself on being able to work out who’s l The title is the first thing about this book to catch the eye. The phrase that seems to be used by every psychic that offers to help to find a missing person (or body) sets the theme right from the start. The victim support group where every member has a story to tell and the detective who seems unable to show empathy to anyone all revolve around the main character, who’s own story evolves as the plot progresses. There are twists and red herrings, I pride myself on being able to work out who’s lying and ‘'”whodunnit” but this one had me stumped. This is a real page turner and I couldn’t put it down until the last page, and then I was left wanting more! Five stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I enjoyed this book very much. I received it as part of a Goodreads giveaway and as I'm not familiar with many New Zealand authors, I was very happy to have the opportunity to read this novel. I don't want to put in any spoilers, because this is really a worthwhile book and I'd hate to give too much away. While the subject matter can be sad it was a compelling read and a good mystery. The characters were believable and more importantly wanted to find out what happened next.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    When Rena Sutherland wakes from a coma she insists that her daughter was also in the car, when they had an accident and caused her into a coma. Christine Emmett, a victim support officer is assigned to her case and she and the police try to unravel the truth. But beneath this there is the stories of Christine's support group, what tragedies will they reveal. Took a while to get into the story but it was worth it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    An amazing story of six lives. A heartbreak story of six lives. Emotionally challenging. Katherine Hayton has a remarkable book that will take you through a the lives and journey of each story. You feel each and every one of their pain or their emotions. This is a great read. *Received For An Honest Review*

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    This was a quick read without any lagging spots. The action definitely propelled you forward. I liked all the different stories of women, but I found them a little hard to keep track of. At first I was just reading them, but then as the stories were woven together, I had to go back and reread. It is set in New Zealand - need I say more! I will be looking for more from this author.

  16. 4 out of 5

    mrs nicola cuckow

    Slow burner This book quietly picked up pace and was amazing!. This was my first book by this author and I have to say I really enjoyed it! In fact I'm definitely going to buy another book because I can't wait to see what happens next in Christchurch!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    Different Felt disjointed and hard to follow. Didn't hold my interest. It was difficult to follow to its conclusion. I would not recommend this one to friends.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    I can usually read anything but I stayed confused Even now I'm unsure who stole the children and who was narrating the story & why! Truly don't waste your time. I can usually read anything but I stayed confused Even now I'm unsure who stole the children and who was narrating the story & why! Truly don't waste your time.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Estrella

    I definitely enjoyed how the stories of the different characters were woven together. I think this writer has great potential, but still needs more growth. I did however, recommend the book to my teenage girls. There's nothing too explicit or gruesome, but still a chilling tale. But I think that's what I was missing from the story. I wanted my senses to be awakened. I wanted to be able to visualize the crime scene, feel as though I can smell the stench of the rotting corpses or something. I know I definitely enjoyed how the stories of the different characters were woven together. I think this writer has great potential, but still needs more growth. I did however, recommend the book to my teenage girls. There's nothing too explicit or gruesome, but still a chilling tale. But I think that's what I was missing from the story. I wanted my senses to be awakened. I wanted to be able to visualize the crime scene, feel as though I can smell the stench of the rotting corpses or something. I know that sounds pretty creepy, but that's what I was looking for. I wanted to feel as if I were actually there. I also think that the writer could have made each character sound a little more different. For some reason, they all sounded the same. Not that any of their stories were the same, but that their speech sounded the same. Nothing really stood out that made each character sound unique or different to me. Other than that, pretty good story! Nice quick read and FREE on Amazon! The story is about these women who are part of a support group and about another woman who was in an accident who woke from a coma looking for her daughter who was with her during the accident. And then the story unfolds linking each of the women in the support group together.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rica

    3.5 stars: A few too many errors for a higher rating I liked many things about this novel: the plot, the Christchurch setting, the strong main character, the cast of well-rounded secondary characters, and the author's general sensitivity to certain issues and their effects on the human psyche. I did grind my teeth at the constant punctuation and usage errors: for example, missing or misplaced apostrophes and commas, "lay" for "laid," and "council" for "counsel," amid scores of others. To say nothi 3.5 stars: A few too many errors for a higher rating I liked many things about this novel: the plot, the Christchurch setting, the strong main character, the cast of well-rounded secondary characters, and the author's general sensitivity to certain issues and their effects on the human psyche. I did grind my teeth at the constant punctuation and usage errors: for example, missing or misplaced apostrophes and commas, "lay" for "laid," and "council" for "counsel," amid scores of others. To say nothing of the factual sloppiness--for instance, a reference to "a Dega painting of a ballet dancer" and a statement that someone had "a little sister when in fact he was the younger of the two siblings. If that sort of thing bothers you, steer clear. Otherwise, this was a solid effort that left me hoping that Hayton will get the high-quality editorial help her storytelling skills deserve on any subsequent books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ana-Maria Bujor

    Whenever there are free crime or horror ebooks on Amazon, I get them all. Most of them are hilariously bad, some are some bad they're good, while some are infuriatingly bad. This one is actually quite good and does not offend the term "book". The story is interesting, the backstories of characters depressing (but in a realistic way), no one is stupid, people follow police procedure, the killer does not suddenly have superpowers, no stupid love stories. It's not a masterpiece, as few in this genr Whenever there are free crime or horror ebooks on Amazon, I get them all. Most of them are hilariously bad, some are some bad they're good, while some are infuriatingly bad. This one is actually quite good and does not offend the term "book". The story is interesting, the backstories of characters depressing (but in a realistic way), no one is stupid, people follow police procedure, the killer does not suddenly have superpowers, no stupid love stories. It's not a masterpiece, as few in this genre manage to be amazing, but it's readable and interesting. My only problem is that in the first part of the book, many of the characters don't really talk like real people. But then it gets better, so there's that. Overall, worth a look.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Quentin Feduchin

    I found this a complicated story. Some things happened without apparent reason, as in the epilogue: why? I found disjointedness happening in many places, as the story seemed suddenly to take off with little preliminary explanation. The whole thing is quite interesting and certainly represents unpleasant police searches and attempts to examine events. Without wanting to spoil the narrative, it has the confusion that one might expect in similar situations. The suffering and the general beastliness o I found this a complicated story. Some things happened without apparent reason, as in the epilogue: why? I found disjointedness happening in many places, as the story seemed suddenly to take off with little preliminary explanation. The whole thing is quite interesting and certainly represents unpleasant police searches and attempts to examine events. Without wanting to spoil the narrative, it has the confusion that one might expect in similar situations. The suffering and the general beastliness of it all is fairly well shown without involving actual blood most of the time. It's probably more of a woman's book, although as a man I got quite a bit of value from it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    This is an intriguing psychological thriller with some rather gruesome parts. Christine is an ex-psychiatrist who now volunteers as a victim's advocate. She is called in on a case in which a woman who was found in a car wreck claims that her 4 year old daughter had been with her and is now missing. The police are not sure, however, if that is true, since her ex-husband did not mention a daughter. Christine runs a little support group for women with missing children and the book examines their st This is an intriguing psychological thriller with some rather gruesome parts. Christine is an ex-psychiatrist who now volunteers as a victim's advocate. She is called in on a case in which a woman who was found in a car wreck claims that her 4 year old daughter had been with her and is now missing. The police are not sure, however, if that is true, since her ex-husband did not mention a daughter. Christine runs a little support group for women with missing children and the book examines their stories as well. There are several plot twists that mystery readers will enjoy.This is well written for a first novel.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    Christine was hired by detectives to assist in an ongoing investigation of a missing child. As a psychiatrist, she was trained to handle such things. However, as the mother of a missing child, she was not. Her home life was certainly not ready either. Her husband now a raging alcoholic, with his license revoked before killing someone. She was in no mood to entertain a psychic who claimed to know where Rena’s daughter was located. Nor was she ready to accept the same psychic’s claim that her own Christine was hired by detectives to assist in an ongoing investigation of a missing child. As a psychiatrist, she was trained to handle such things. However, as the mother of a missing child, she was not. Her home life was certainly not ready either. Her husband now a raging alcoholic, with his license revoked before killing someone. She was in no mood to entertain a psychic who claimed to know where Rena’s daughter was located. Nor was she ready to accept the same psychic’s claim that her own daughter was still alive. ~ confusing and slow to build. It did seem to pick up steam at around the halfway mark.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ramona Grandison

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A bit disjointed and hard to read at some points. The main character isn't particularly endearing at all to begin with and I struggled to care about her and her friends. However I love a good crime thriller and stuck with it to find out what happened. I wasnt disappointed by the baby stealing/buying plot, thought it quite good actually, and that's why it gets 3 stars. The ending is completely lost on me though, I genuinely do not know why or how Sarah and Kendra died. Sarah killed them i guess? A bit disjointed and hard to read at some points. The main character isn't particularly endearing at all to begin with and I struggled to care about her and her friends. However I love a good crime thriller and stuck with it to find out what happened. I wasnt disappointed by the baby stealing/buying plot, thought it quite good actually, and that's why it gets 3 stars. The ending is completely lost on me though, I genuinely do not know why or how Sarah and Kendra died. Sarah killed them i guess? The author has great ideas, I thought this one could have been a bit better executed but still ended up liking the read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Will Decker

    This was not a light read. Although it started off being a challenge with so many characters and so many interwoven sub-plots, the author does a smashing job pulling them all together with a flair for the dramatic. It's very cleanly edited and although there isn't much in the suspense department, there is no shortage of real-life horror that will keep you turning the pages while pulling the bed-sheets up tighter around you. My first by Hayton, but I'll be keeping my eyes open for more from this This was not a light read. Although it started off being a challenge with so many characters and so many interwoven sub-plots, the author does a smashing job pulling them all together with a flair for the dramatic. It's very cleanly edited and although there isn't much in the suspense department, there is no shortage of real-life horror that will keep you turning the pages while pulling the bed-sheets up tighter around you. My first by Hayton, but I'll be keeping my eyes open for more from this author.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bernadette Demone

    I enjoyed this book very much. I thought the plot was well developed through the book although at first it seemed just a lot of very sad people. It explored both the children and the mothers' explanations of what happened in their lives although the 'here and now' of the characters' lives was not neglected. I appreciated that the intensity of feeling changes over the years since the events that occurred to these people but still their lives are so terribly affected by what was a pivot point of t I enjoyed this book very much. I thought the plot was well developed through the book although at first it seemed just a lot of very sad people. It explored both the children and the mothers' explanations of what happened in their lives although the 'here and now' of the characters' lives was not neglected. I appreciated that the intensity of feeling changes over the years since the events that occurred to these people but still their lives are so terribly affected by what was a pivot point of their lives. I hope to read more of Hayton's books particularly this series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dana Sullivan

    It took me awhile to get into the writing style -- there were parts where I had to go back and re-read a chapter or remind myself of what had happened prior, or to assure myself I hadn't missed a section because of something that had happened that seemed significant only to be sort of dismissed in the next chapter --- But even with that said, overall this was a good story packed with a lot of action in 200ish pages. And even with the the back and forth as described above, everything felt like it It took me awhile to get into the writing style -- there were parts where I had to go back and re-read a chapter or remind myself of what had happened prior, or to assure myself I hadn't missed a section because of something that had happened that seemed significant only to be sort of dismissed in the next chapter --- But even with that said, overall this was a good story packed with a lot of action in 200ish pages. And even with the the back and forth as described above, everything felt like it was tied up at the end. I'd be interested in reading more from this author. 3.5 stars

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kaamil

    Pretty good The plot took a while to take off at first, but it was extremely gripping towards the end. I think this may be due to an overload of characters right at the beginning, which I personally find annoying. SPOILER: A few parts of the plot still weren't explained at the end, such as the psychic's apparent knowledge. The ending also wasn't too great. Overall, it was a fairly good book, but not something I would invest too much time into.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Crystal w

    This book was awesome. It was so full of twists and turns and suspense I read it in very quickly. I found it extremely hard to put the book down. It was written really well and didn't have an lulls or parts where you just want to skip. The story was really easy to follow even though it follows so many different people and story lines. IT is a good read. If you like drama and or suspense or crime novels this is one for you to read.

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