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One woman’s reappearance throws her family into turmoil, exposing dark secrets and the hidden, often devastating truth of family relationships.

Kate Bennett vanished from a parking lot eleven years ago, leaving behind her husband and young daughter. When she shows up at a Montana gas station, clutching an infant and screaming for help, investigators believe she may have been abducted b

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Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 293 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Linda
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Things have come undone.....

Lucinda Berry presents a storyline that has the feel of shifting sand under your feet. Can't quite get the balance of it all. Can't quite get a handle on those ships that set sail in these choppy waters.

Kate Bennett is a stay-at-home mother of five year old Abbi in Northern California. The "stay-at-home" portion seems to be driven by her husband, Scott. Kate longs to be back in her journalism lane free from what she perceives are deadend walls
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Shelby
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
11-years ago wife and mother, Kate Bennett disappeared in California without a trace. After months turned into years, her husband, Scott and her daughter, Abbi were forced to move on with their lives. Abbi is now 16 and barely remembers her mom. Scott has since remarried another widow named Meredith, brought together by their shared grief.

Now unexpectedly, Kate is found at a gas station in Montana, a 7-week old baby on her hip. Severely malnourished, clearly beaten and psychologically traumatiz
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Chantal
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-en, netgalley
This book has a refreshing intense storyline you don't see everyday. At first I didn't know if it was something I would like because it was out of the ordinary, but I really loved this book. When I was half way through I could not put it down, I had to know the end and wonder what I would do in that situation? The story is told out of the eyes of the missing female, the daughter and the new wife and it will hold you tight.

This is a ARC from the publisher, which I got for a honest review.

This book has a refreshing intense storyline you don't see everyday. At first I didn't know if it was something I would like because it was out of the ordinary, but I really loved this book. When I was half way through I could not put it down, I had to know the end and wonder what I would do in that situation? The story is told out of the eyes of the missing female, the daughter and the new wife and it will hold you tight.

This is a ARC from the publisher, which I got for a honest review.

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Louise Wilson
Scott and Kate are happily married. They have a five year old daughter, Abbi. Then one day Kate just seems to vanish from a Target parking lot. At first Tome refuses to believe that Kate isn't coming home. But eventually life moves on and Tom remarried. Now eleven years have passed and Kate turns up with a baby. Kate is like a stranger to them now. Abbi, Kate and Tom's daughter, barely remembers her other. How will they all cope with the situation they all find themselves in? Especially Meredith ...more
Linda Strong

Kate Bennett went shopping and disappeared. Her keys, purse, groceries were found in her car still parked at the shopping mall. She left behind her husband, a young daughter, and a promising career.

Eleven years later showed up at a gas station, clutching an infant and screaming for help.

In the meantime her husband had her declared legally dead and has since remarried. Her daughter barely remembers her.

Problems begin when the former husband invites Kate to stay
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Miriam
5 stars audio
4.5 stars story. Wish more of Lucinda Berry's books can in audio form.
Christine
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Three Stars.

I want to start by saying this is my third novel by Dr. Lucinda Berry and I absolutely LOOOVED The Perfect Child and Saving Noah. I have recommended both over and over to my friends in mental health and child welfare. When She Returned, was not on the same level as the two previous novels mentioned. This never grabbed me and was rather predictable.

I didn't feel any emotional connection or pull towards any of the situations in the book. I know this will be a delicious book for some
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Jennifer Holloway Jones
I loved the overall premise of this book. Kate goes shopping one day and never returns home. They find her car and there is no trace of what has happened to Kate. One day she returns. Her husband has remarried and her daughter barely remembers her. As the investigation begins, they find out that it was her choice to leave them. She has become invested in Love International after interviewing them as a reporter. She, also, returns with an infant on her hip. Nothing is what it seems. I like that t ...more
Kalyn Woodbury
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Kate and Scott had an enviable life once— that is, until she vanished into thin air, leaving all of her belongings in the car and her loving family at home. Over a decade later, after she's been declared dead and Scott has been remarried to a fellow widow- Kate's found terrified, pleading for help with a seven month old infant in her arms. Now everybody's life is turned upside down and the secrets begin unraveling..

When She Returned is a psychological thriller written by an actual psychologist, w
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Carla (Carla's Book Bits)
I was excited to be approved on Netgalley for this book, because I read Lucinda Berry's previous release, The Perfect Child and really enjoyed it. Admittedly, I was anxious about how When She Returned was gonna be, and sadly, I was left a bit disappointed.

The things I loved about The Perfect Child were sadly not all in this one. When She Returned feels a bit lacking in suspense. Once you have an idea what's going on, that's pretty much it, there are no surprises. And I just didn't have that mounting dread
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Danielle Russell
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, ebook, thriller, arc
Wow. Such an intense thriller! I love how wonderfully creepy and disturbing it is. I'm a big fan of Lucinda Berry's. She grabs your attention right off the bat, and makes it hard to put down!
Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
"We wanted to see if what we had was powerful enough to make someone give up the love they had for something greater."
That quote sums up this book pretty well. A mother gives up her family (willingly or not? read to find out) and then escapes and returns 10 years later after her daughter has grown into a teenager and her husband has buried her and remarried.

The book blurb hinted at a cult being involved in this story and I fucking love cult stories so I requested this. A cult is inv
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Sharon
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A woman gone missing for 11 years returns to her family with a baby in tow, and the puzzle pieces of her life unfold in flashbacks all leading to the burning question. What really happened to Kate Bennett?

As the reader, I really thought I figured it out. It seemed pretty straightforward, especially as Kate recounts her story. And, it's mesmerizing. At the center is a charismatic leader who Kate befriends while writing an article on his organization.

To Kate's husband, Scott, her retu
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Mark
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Fast and Furious!
Kate disappears from a parking lot 11 years ago
Her hubby and daughter are devastated
Eventually Scott remarries and him, his new wife Meredith and his daughter Abbi have a new life but they never forget Kate
And then, one day, she appears, with a baby
Where has she been? Who took her and why?
I’m not going to say the answer to any of the questions but its a fascinating and very dark story and extremely well researched, thought out, presented and w
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Jillian
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

I wouldn’t say that this was a thriller as much as a domestic drama. Either way, the story kept me interested and engaged throughout.

This is about a woman, Kate, who suddenly returns to her family after being gone 10 years. Her husband is remarried and she has one daughter. The chapters move fast covering the points of view of Kate, her daughter Abbi, and the new wife Meredith.

I don’t want to give too much away but the circumsta
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Marsha
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a superb thriller! I love how the narrative alternates between Kate, the abducted wife, and Meredith, Scott's new wife, as well as Abbi, Kate and Scott's daughter. Such nuanced and believably developed characters are rarely found in commercial fiction, but I guess that's because not many are written by a trauma psychologist. Tense, tight, believable and compassionate. Brava!
Denise
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kate Bennett, married to Scott for 17 years and has a 5 year old daughter, seemingly vanishes one day. All of her belongings were left in the car in a Target parking lot. "She disappeared like a ghost, with her keys in the ignition and her purse on the passenger seat -- no sign of a struggle." An exhaustive search by the FBI and a massive press push turned up nothing and Scott was even a suspect for quite a time. After about four years, Scott and his daughter Abbi face the fact that Kate must be ...more
Avid Reader
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
When She Returned by Lucinda Berry
4 stars
M/F Psychological Thriller
Triggers: Rape, Child Brides, Cult, Kidnapping, Murder
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

Kate and Scott have been married for a while now. They know each other so well, that sometimes, they know each other better than they know themselves. But, Kate is keeping a big secret from Scott. She's unhappy in their current situation. She misses working. Kate loves their daughter
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Ali
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars...
What a smart little book!
It is not long but quite packed up with action twists and turns.
It's the type of book you want to read in one sitting.
Scott and Kate and Thier daughter Abbie had their perfectly set suburban life. Untill one day Kate vanished without trace.
Years of grief, hope and search didn't bring Kate back but made Scott move on and settle with Meredith.
All going in its usual pace until one day, as unexpectedly as Kate disappeared, she
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Carys
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
Worth a read if you want a twisty mystery. This book revolves around the return of a missing woman, Kate, 10 years after she originally goes missing. It is told from the point of view of her daughter Abbi, the new wife of her then husband, Meredith, and Kate herself. However, Kates point of view takes place in the past exposing the events that took place while she was missing and gradually moves forward in time until we reach the present day. Both Abbi and Merediths POV are told in present day t ...more
Joanna
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When She Returned | Lucinda Berry
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5
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Meredith and Scott met at bereavement counselling. Both their spouses are dead, or presumed dead. Eleven years on they're now married and seem to be very much in love and happy.
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But Scott's wife, Kate has just returned. With a six week old baby.
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Where has she been? Why is she acting so strangely? Why exactly is she back?
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Marianne
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like the way this author writes. She knows how to tell a story. She creates very interesting characters, though not always likable. This was my second book by this author and I enjoyed this one even more than the first.

Three different perspectives that flip from past to present weave seamlessly to an explosive ending. Cults are fascinating to me. The fact that people can give up everything they know to follow someone who knows where is mind boggling. It makes me wonder their mindset an
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Shelby
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy to read and review for Wicked Reads*

When She Returned was an interesting, complicated story told from three different points of view.
A family is destroyed when the mother/wife goes missing from a parking lot. Her keys are in the ignition, purse on the floor, groceries in the trunk...
We read this story through Abbi's eyes in the present time. She's the teenage daughter who lost her mother (when she was a toddler)and has lived with her father for 10+ years, both still grieving the loss. Abbi
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Ruthie Taylor
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This book has a punchy start, which sets up the drama, gives us an idea of who Abbi, Scott and Meredith are .., and who Kate was. For me, Meredith was the most likeable adult, and by the end I felt she definitely deserved better!

As we discover how the past played out for Kate, I did not stop thinking about the family left behind, or the life they were living in her absence. It is impossible to overstate how the experience has
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DeAnna Ellison
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. The author is a trauma psychologist and it shows with how in depth and brutal her writing is. Abbi’s mother disappeared when she was five leavening her and her father devastated. Over a decade later after her father has declared his wife dead and remarried, Kate (Abbi’s mother) surfaces again extremely distraught with a newborn in tow. Jumping from the perspective of Abbi, Meredith (Abbi’s new step mother), and Kate in the past what has transpired over the years com ...more
Izzie d
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, mystery
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Izzie d
** spoiler alert ** This book was a bit odd.
I thought some parts were good, it was multiple POV and the mystery is centre around the events of the wife's disappearance and return.
It deals with a cult.
The ending isn t a HEA, it doesn't really explain what happens next but the reader would assume certain events.
My issue is the wife is indoctrinated by the cult behaviour and the things she undergoes are pretty horrific but there didn't seem to be understanding of that.
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Jolene
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I really enjoyed this book.

First off, the writing style is fantastic. Short chapters made it especially readable, though I devoured it in a day.

This is the story of Kate, who disappears, and leaves behind her husband, Scott, and young daughter Abbi. We hear about how they have moved on, reluctantly. Scott is now married to Meredith.

Then suddenly, Kate is found. She has a seven week old baby.

It’s hard to say much else without giving away any spoilers. Where Kate has been, how
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Steven De Bruin
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my second book by Lucinda Berry and I loved every dark and twisted page. The scary thing about this book is that it really is so believable!! I really didn't want to put this one down once I started and the characters are really so unreliable. The ending shocked me and this is a book that will stay with me for a long time. A toxic story about love, control, desire and betrayel that will leave you utterly speachless and gutted.. A must read. 5 stars from me!!! Lucinda Berry is a mind blow ...more
Erika
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley and Thomas and Mercer for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Scott’s wife Katie returns with a new baby after leaving Scott and their daughter mysteriously 11 years ago. Scott has since remarried and the family has to work through Katie reappearance.

This book was ok for me. It didn’t have a lot of twists and turns it was really just the characters in present day trying to make sense of Katie’s return and then flashbacks about what actually caused
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Dr. Lucinda Berry's background is as unique as her stories. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, specializing in trauma and children. She uses her clinical experience to create compelling stories that blur the lines between fiction and nonfiction. If you want to contact her or be notified of upcoming new releases, please visit: https://about.me/Lucindaberry