I read this a few years ago and want to share one of my best, earlier reads from before I created this space
Lucy Wakefield finds 4-month old Natalie Featherstone unattended in a shopping cart in a superstore in suburban New Jersey. In a split second, she makes a decision that will forever change the lives of so many people.
I wanted to hate Lucy and I did. While the heat of that emotion dimmed some after getting to know her better, I never could reconcile how one woman can decide her pain means more than another woman’s. How can your desire for a child make it okay to take someone else’s baby who’s obviously cared for and loved?
This story wrecked me as we’re given extraordinary insight into the wide-ranging impact of a baby abduction, short and long term. My emotional upset only intensified once baby Natalie-now-adult Mia learns the truth. Now what? There’s not much that’s predictable here and some really important themes run rampant…motherhood, grief, forgiveness, family, loyalty, justice.
While the beginning felt a little slow paced, it subtly lays the foundation for what comes next and becomes very important. My recommendation is to just be patient because it all matters. This story is fascinating and provocative, ideal for book clubs and online group discussions. I encouraged my friends to read it right away so I could talk about it! My only complaint is the ending…I wanted just a little bit more but I think the author got it right, despite my feelings. There are no easy resolutions in these situations.
- Release Date: January 5, 2016
- Page Numbers: 336
- Publisher: Gallery Books