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When She Returned

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  23,768 ratings  ·  1,042 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 293 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Maria Quintas I loved it! The ending was abrupt but satisfying to me and it leaves the door opened to a sequel ... perhaps? I certainly hope so. Maybe some years do…moreI loved it! The ending was abrupt but satisfying to me and it leaves the door opened to a sequel ... perhaps? I certainly hope so. Maybe some years down the road.
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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 all day.

Her former boss
I should have done my research before requesting this as I never would have if I had know it would involve a cult. Argh.

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.
Kate Bennett seems to have it all. A happy marriage, a loving husband (and childhood sweetheart) Scott, a five year old healthy and happy daughter Abbie and a career as an investigative journalist which she is excited to get back to. But one day Kate just disappears from a supermarket's parking lot without a trace.

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
“The problem with having a fairy-tale relationship story was how much other people were invested in keeping the fairy tale alive. It wasn’t just our story—it was everyone’s.”
― 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
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
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 written and scarily believable
The adj
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I know there are a lot of mixed reviews for this one but I couldn't put it down. I liked the multiple points of view and while the characters weren't likable at all times, I did find them interesting. The story itself ended a bit abruptly, but after reading a few of Lucinda Berry's books I was kind of expecting it. I think if I could have changed anything I would have liked to have known what happened to the other cult members, but as it is, I was satisfied with the overall story. ...more
Jennifer Kyle
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
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Well, this definitely wasn't what I was expecting after reading The Perfect Child, a far superior novel by Lucinda Berry .

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
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook version of this story and it was very well-performed. It’s a very different kind of “missing woman” story where the woman comes back years later and had to re-integrate with her family, including her husband’s new wife. I don’t want to spoil too much why she went missing but you can find it in some of the other reviews. It was a very compelling, creepy story in ways I didn’t expect. You got to hear the story through the voices of the missing woman, her daughter, and t ...more
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.

MissBecka Gee
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to MissBecka by: Mark
Holy crap!
Gotta say that was highly entertaining!!!

Much love to the crew at NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for my DRC.
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
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Wow--that's exactly the way a psychological thriller should be. Kept me guessing what exactly was going on the entire way through, and what a ride that was. Lots of surprises, and I had a difficult time putting it down (I know it sounds cliche, but it's the truth!)
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
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 with him, his now-wife and daughter
Isabel • The Crime Bookshelf
3.5 STARS.


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!

PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Slightly spoilerish

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
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Definitely a crazy plot... as a mother and wife, I couldn’t relate to Kate .. the whole brainwash story seems so unrealistic. However, we see it in real life all the time.
*thank you to Netgalley, Lucinda Berry and Thomas & Mercer for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

4.5 stars!

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
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
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,
5 stars audio
4.5 stars story. Wish more of Lucinda Berry's books can in audio form.
Feb 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Alice 🌙
5/5 ⭐️
Oh damn. Oh wow. Oh damn. I thought this was gonna be a simple kidnapping case blah blah. Man was I soooo wrong!! Hell yes cults!! Holy crap this was intense!
I've read other books by Berry and enjoyed each of them; however, When She Returned is, by far, my favorite so far. The premise of the books revolves around a mother who goes missing without a trace, her husband and daughter who searched for her but finally have moved on with their lives and, then, the sudden reappearance of the mother. Where has she been? Who took her and why? Most importantly, why has been able to return now? The characters were very realistically drawn and the plot was astoun ...more
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
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 re-appearrs. Distraught, physically
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
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really gripping unpredictable read. I couldn't see where it plot would lead.
It really is an eye opener and a look into the human psyche.
A really good read.
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Dr. Lucinda Berry is a former clinical psychologist and leading researcher in childhood trauma. Now, she spends her days writing full-time where she uses her clinical experience to blur the line between fiction and nonfiction. She enjoys taking her readers on a journey through the dark recesses of the human psyche.

If Berry isn’t chasing after her son, you can find her running through Los Angeles,

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