When She Returned
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...more
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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 all day.
Her former boss ...more
Seemingly intelligent woman, happily married mother of one, a reporter, out to investigate possible cult, meets leader and immediately agrees with whatever he says because what he says just makes sense.
You, my dear, are a moron.
Setting this one aside. No rating.
Eleven years later, Scott and Abbie have finally moved on with their lives when Kate suddenly reappears with a 7 month old baby. Abbie is now 16 years old with a very vague memory of ...more
― Lucinda Berry, When She Returned
I have to go with the crowd here. I have read many reviews for this and most people did not seem to love it nor hate it and that is exactly how I feel.
So this book is about Kate who vanished without a trace 12 years ago from a target parking lot. Now, all these years later, Hubs has remarri ...more
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 ...more
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 written and scarily believable
The adj ...more
I loved that book. When She Returned...not so much. Don't get me wrong. This is very well-written, and if you're looking for a character study examining the effects of losing a loved one to a cult (or how incredibly smart people fall into such a destructive trap), this is definitely a story you'll love. I just couldn't really connect with any of the characters, and both b ...more
Story 3.75 Stars
This is a ARC from the publisher, which I got for a honest review.
The narrative moves quickly and we get points of view from three characters in the past and present. It sounds like too much, but the flow works well and makes complete sense, each of the characters has a distinctive voice and it's eas ...more
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 with him, his now-wife and daughter ...more
The first half of this book was SO GOOD and I really enjoyed the alternating perspectives and timelines. I loved the cult aspect of this book and I was very invested in the story. The main issue I had was that this book ended up being VERY predictable. Nothing all that shocking happened in the end, which was pretty disappointing. Overall it was an extremely quick and easy read, so I would recommend it if it interests you!
CONTENT WARNING: Torture
After eleven years missing, Kate returns home with a newborn baby. Her husband Scott, now married to Meredith, wants the old Kate back. Abbi, only five when her mom disappeared, just wants to know her mother. The mystery of Kate’s missing eleven years haunts everyone.
I didn’t enjoy WHEN SHE RETURNED as much as most of Lucinda Berry’s novels. Of the three narrators, Abbi was the only one I enjoyed. Vulnerable, yet strong, the teen loved and supported her mother unconditionally ...more
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 ...more
When She Returned is my second novel by Lucinda Berry. Once again she has written an extraordinary story! Centred around the past and the present, a mother has ended up in being lured into a Cult by a man named Ray. For 11 years her husband, Scott and now 16 year old daughter, Abbi, have been trying to find her. Then suddenly, there she is. She has turned up at a Gas Stat ...more
When She Returned is a psychological thriller written by an actual psychologist, ...more
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 re-appearrs. Distraught, physically ...more
If Berry isn’t chasing after her son, you can find her running through Los Angeles, ...more