Sunday, January 13, 2019

{Book Review} I Know Where She Is by S.B. Caves

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Title:  I Know Where She Is
Author:  S.B. Caves
Publisher:   Canelo
Date:    August 14th, 2017
Pages:  257
ASIN:    B0744BFRT8
Source:  gift
Purchase:  Amazon

An explosive, gripping thriller for fans of Karin Slaughter, Linwood Barclay and Karen Dionne, don’t miss this heart-stopping debut.

On the tenth anniversary of her daughter Autumn's abduction, Francine receives an anonymous note containing just five words: I KNOW WHERE SHE IS

When a young woman approaches her the next day claiming to have sent the letter Francine wants to dismiss it as a cruel, twisted joke.

But the stranger knows things that only Autumn would know.

It soon becomes clear that Francine must go to dark places in order to learn the truth about her child’s kidnapping.

She will discover that danger comes from unexpected sources. She will do things she never imagined herself capable of.

But will Francine get her daughter back – or is it too late?

*TW: Description of abuse/torture to young girls*

This was one suspenseful ride. I couldn't put the book down until I knew what had happened and if Autumn was safe. I was hooked from the first page. The story did slow down a bit but once it hit part two, everything picked up for me and I was up til 3 am reading. I normally don't read a lot of mystery/thriller books, but for some reason, I am really getting into them these last couple of months.

The story starts off with a woman getting a mysterious note in her mail slot that says " I know where she is". But there is no return address, no signature, no identifying marks at all. She immediately knows this note is in reference to her daughter that went missing 10 years ago. Francine, the mother, has become a functioning alcoholic, who never gave up hope that her daughter Autumn is still alive. Will, the now ex-husband, has moved on with his new wife and soon to be child. Will made a living off of the disappearance of his daughter Autumn and assumes that she is dead. You can tell throughout the story that Francine has a tone of resentment towards Will, and honestly, I don't blame her.

After the note arrives, and Francine finally convinces Will to meet her somewhere, he tells her to leave it alone and that it's basically a prank on her. However, Francine notices a girl hanging around her workplace and car, so she goes to talk to her and this is where things pick up. The girl tells her that she left the note. Francine takes her to eat something and says she will help her if she answers some questions about Autumn. The girl tells her things that only someone close to Autumn would know. 
Part two is where things get bad for the story, this part is told mainly through Autumn's pov and as you can imagine; it isn't pretty. There are descriptions of young girls being chained to basement walls, showering while being watched by grown men. You never really learn why the girls were taken, just the torture they go through and the things they are forced to do. 

There is a bit of action, and my heart was racing for Autumn, the other girls, and Francine throughout the last half of the book.

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