Jill and David are living the suburban dream; he’s a lawyer about to make partner and she’s a photographer who can afford to do charity work on a regular basis.
Their strong willed three-year-old daughter, Sophia, disappears in the park one afternoon, and a frantic search turns her up a short while later. Jill notices what appears to be a needle mark on her arm, but the doctor thinks it is a bug bite and the child has no drugs in her system.
A few weeks later, Sophia disappears again, this time during the night.
The parents are always the first suspects and as the cops dig into their lives, things take a real turn for the worse. Sophia is eventually assumed dead, but Jill refuses to believe it.
The novel is divided into “before” and “after” the kidnapping, and interspersed with journal entries from the kidnapper. Drake created a fast paced story with enormous tension until the muddled ending. This page turner is a nice addition to the suburban thriller genre, made popular by Harlan Coben.
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ONLY EVER YOU by Rebecca Drake. Thomas Dunne Books (March 22, 2016). ISBN 978-1250068910. 304p.