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 been abducted b...more
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 ...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
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.
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 ...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 a psychological thriller written by an actual psychologist, w ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 w ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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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.
But Scott's wife, Kate has just returned. With a six week old baby.
Where has she been? Why is she acting so strangely? Why exactly is she back?
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more