My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Random House Canada
Publication Date: October 11th 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Family
A bittersweet homecoming holds dark secrets in this heart-wrenching story of loss, love, and survival for readers of Room.
When sixteen-year-old Amy returns home, she can’t tell her family what’s happened to her. She can’t tell them where she’s been since she and her best friend, her cousin Dee, were kidnapped six years ago—who stole them from their families or what’s become of Dee. She has to stay silent because she’s afraid of what might happen next, and she’s desperate to protect her secrets at any cost.
Amy tries to readjust to life at “home,” but nothing she does feels right. She’s a stranger in her own family, and the guilt that she’s the one who returned is insurmountable. Amy soon realizes that keeping secrets won’t change what’s happened, and they may end up hurting those she loves the most. She has to go back in order to move forward, risking everything along the way. Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee is a riveting, affecting story of loss and hope.
Six years ago, Amy and Dee were both kidnapped.
Now, Amy has returned home, safe and sound.
But where is Dee? What happened to her? And how did Amy escape, after all this time? Is there something darker she’s holding from everyone?
This book is definitely not for the whole population of readers. I’d say it has the type of dept I enjoy in my reads, but honestly (and surprisingly), it was trying too hard to become a mystery novel.
Let me tell you that, although Amy withholds information for 90% of the book, nothing is really that shocking, though of course the subject-matter is disturbing and hateful.
It’s well-written. Miss Thompson is an author who shows a lot of potential. I believe one day she will write a bestseller.
It just won’t be this book. The story is interestingly told, with tons of back-and-forth going on, the author trying to make everything more mysterious than it should have been.
The ubiquitous dept is definitely worthy of a good hand of applause, and funnily enough, it doesn’t come with a tractor loaded with drama.
BUT. Due to the author’s wish for the story and revelation to unfold at the pace of a walking tortoise, the narrator becomes an unreliable one. Truthfully, I’m the kind of reader who LOVES unreliable narrators, because dark, twisted secrets make my day, but Amy isn’t that dark. Or twisted. She’s just not… honest with herself and us readers.
But I enjoyed it, really. You’ll want to read this after finishing THE LOST AND THE FOUND, believe me.
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