You'll Never Know, Dear
Seven-year-old Lissie Woodham and her four-year-old sister Janey were playing with their porcelain dolls in the front yard when an ad ...more
Three generations of women work to find the answer to a forty- year old puzzle in which the biggest, most important clue is a priceless porcelain doll.
Miss Sorrel, is a doll maker and collector, who at one time had a booming doll making business and made a name for herself among collectors. But, the doll that means the most to her, the one she is always in constant search of, is the one that dis ...more
The story is about a toddler who went missing almost forty years ago. Her custom- ...more
Lis Woodham's four-year-old sister, Janey, along with her doll disappeared forty years ago and was never found. There were no clues about what happened then and no clues now.
Each year Janey's mother, Miss Sorrel, would put an ad in the paper on the anniversary of the disappearance in hopes that someone would come forward with the doll or information about her daughter's disappearance and earn the reward offered. ...more
I was attracted to this book by the creepy doll on the cover, wondering if dolls can still get to me like they once did. Well, this was not as creepy as I had expected (and hoped) -- no dolls displaying signs of life; no Twilight Zone flashbacks. This has more of an underlying suspense running throughout.
Two friends/neighbors, Miss Sorrell and Evelyn, are retired from their business of making dolls. Miss Sorrell's daughter Janey we ...more
You'll Never Know, Dear sees three generations of women dealing with a haunting past. Forty years ago, young Lissie was playing in the yard with her sister Janey. The two girls occupied themselves with handmade dolls that their mother modeled after their likeness. Lis became distracted by a dog and left her sister to play alone. That was the last time anyone ever saw little Janey.
Fast forward to present day. Miss Sorrel, the girls' mother, never recovered ...more
Lissie Woodham and her sister Janey were seven and four respectively when Lissie left her li ...more
I was hoping this would be more horror and frightening than the mystery type story it was. It's a pretty straightforward mystery - a young girl was abducted years ago. Finally, one of the possessions she had turns up- a really old, one-of-a-ki ...more
What a great book this was!
Kept me guessing the entire time I was reading it!
I will absolutely be looking for more books by this author.
Forty years after Janey went missing, Lis—now a mother with a college-age daughter of her own—still blames herself for what happened. Every year on the anniversary of her ...more
Two little girls are playing outside one day when a little puppy runs past. The older girl, Lis, is captivated and leaves little Janey behind as she chases after it. When she returns, Janey is gone. She was never found.
Flash forward almost 40 years. Lis and her daughter are living with Miss Sorrel, a renowned dollmaker (she is Lis's and Janey's mother), and have almost made their peace with Janey's absence ...more
I know does not sound too interesting but it is.
The younger daughter(Lis) of the Miss Sorrel-and Janey's sister gets kidnapped off her front lawn along with the Lis's hand made doll- which has her face painted on it ,so it is one of a kind.
Every year for 40 years Miss Sorrel puts an ad in the paper for anyone knowing the whereabouts of this doll, they will ...more
Full disclosure: I can't be entirely objective in this review because it's based on my town, I'm thanked in the acknowledgements, and the author did a program at the library for me for free when she was in town researching the book. That being said, she captures Beaufort (Bonsecours in the novel) SO WELL. The descriptions of the town and Lowcountry lifestyle are perfect, but I was especially impressed at how spot-on she depicted the way everyo ...more
When a doll that went missing with the young daughter of Miss Sorrell returns, she knows that it's Janey's doll- even though others doubt her. Secrets, lies, and a 40 year old missing child case provide the meat of this story.
Quick read. Enjoyable.
This book did have some really great sections such as the mystery surrounding the missing young girls, the non stop plotting to uncover the person responsible, the newspaper ad with respondents to it showcasing their connection with the whole case, the genetic testing plus the overall mystery surrounding its complications upon family. However the entirety overall lacked a thrill wh ...more
The story revolves around a well-known, porcelain doll maker, Miss Sorrel, who lost her daughter Janey years ago without ever knowing what happened to her. Believing that she would one day return, she continued to advertise for Janey's doll, one she had specifically made for her. Find the doll, find Janey. Wh ...more
Not that that's a bad thing. I mean, I enjoyed it. It was a good story. There were only a couple of things that gave me pause.
In the first place, the title didn't really make sense to me (other than the fact that every time I picked up the book to read, the song started playing ...more
I found all of the women engaging. They interacted well together. There was hardly any police engagement in this story, except for Deputy Policy Chief Frank Ames. Even than, he seemed more like an sport to the women as they attempted to solve the mystery of what happe ...more
Four year old Janey disappears from her front yard while her sister was supposed to be watching her. Janey's mom is a famous dollmaker and restorer and someone shows up at her house many years later with a doll that could be Janey's.
This novel reminds me a lot of Mary Higgins Clark and Wendi Corsi Staub, so if you like those authors, you will love this. A really great, fun read.
Thank you to LibraryThing for the ARC!
Her newest, There Was an Old Woman is set in the Bronx. In it, a young woman and a very old woman connect across generations in spite of, or perhaps because, they are not related. Tess Gerritsen on TWAOL: “Superb suspense and unforgettable characters!” Washingt