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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Only Ever You by Rebecca Drake
Published by Thomas Dunne Books on March 22, 2016
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense, Psychological, Contemporary Women
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Three-year-old Sophia Lassiter disappears at the playground only to return after 40 frantic minutes-- but her mother Jill's relief is short lived. Jill is convinced the tiny dots on her daughter's arm are puncture marks. When doctors find no trace of drugs in her system, Jill accepts she won't ever know what happened during her daughter's absence and is simply grateful to have her home safely.
Except Sophia isn't safe. Three months later, she disappears again. This time from her bed at home, in the night. Working with the police and the community, Jill and her husband David are desperate to bring their little girl home. They remain hopeful---until information turns up suggesting their daughter was murdered, causing the police to turn their suspicions on the parents. Facing ugly family secrets and heart-rending evidence, Jill is still convinced her daughter is alive. But when the dragnet begins to close around them, Jill realizes the worst: if the police believe she has killed her daughter, that means they aren't out there looking for the real perpetrator. They aren't hunting for Sophie or the person who still has her.
Only Ever You is a parental nightmare thriller. Your young child goes missing and then turns up just fine, then once everything has settled back down, your child is gone once again; and this time they don’t turn back up right away. Pulling from the fear at the heart of every mother and some hints of Dateline, Only Ever You is a read that will have you clutch your kids just a little closer, and take a hard look at those around you.
Rebecca Drake crafted a very “ripped from the headlines” world in Only Ever You. A twisty plot, that kept me guessing to the end, was elevated by the very real wold setting. The pacing was fantastic and I appreciated the detail spent around moving the story constantly forward. The emotions were true to the story and although it felt a little overwrought at times, it did fit the theme in the book. The characters for the most part were great. I did get a little sick of the husband and his antics, as it was his wife and child that everything was happening to and he was at times very laissez-faire about the whole proceedings. Drake’s writing was great on the gripping parts and a little light on the character development. When combined as a whole I did really enjoy the story, the writing and the plot.
Only Ever You is a thriller that actually deserves that categorization. Yes, it had some mystery elements, but it was at its heart a doozy of a thriller. I loved that I thought I had it all figured out, and while I was close, I was still wrong at the end. Rebecca Drake delivered a good tale that kept me reading way too late into the night. While Only Ever You did have a bit of weak characterization, as a whole it succeeded and I really did enjoy the read. Drake is an author I will keep an eye on, as I would want to check out more by her.
Favorite lines – …both of them looking so happy it was almost painful. There was so much promise in wedding photos. She wished she could freeze the moment, keep the couple just as happy as they were in the photos. But life would dim that light in their eyes. How long would it be before they figured out there was no happily ever after?
Biggest cliché – Everyone thinks I’m crazy, so I must be.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge