Growing up poor in rural Georgia, Bree Cabbat was warned by her single mother that the world was a dark and scary place. Bree rejected her mother’s fearful outlook, and life has proved her right. Having married into a family with wealth, power, and connections, Bree has all a woman could ever dream of: a loving lawyer husband, two talented young teenage daughters, a new baby boy, a gorgeous home, and every opportunity in the world.
Until the day she awakens and sees a witch peering into her bedroom window, an old gray-haired woman dressed all in black who vanishes as quickly as she appears. It must be a play of the early morning light or the remnant of a waking dream, Bree tells herself, shaking off the bad feeling that overcomes her.
Later that day though, she spies the old woman again, in the parking lot of her daughters’ private school…just minutes before Bree’s infant son, asleep in his car seat only a few feet away, vanishes. It happened so quickly – Bree only looked away only for a second. There is a note left in his place, warning her that she is being is being watched; if she wants her baby back, she must not call the police or deviate in any way from the instructions that will follow.
The mysterious woman makes contact, and Bree learns she, too, is a mother. Why would another mother do this? What does she want? And why has she targeted Bree? Of course Bree will pay anything, do anything. It’s her child.
To get her baby back, Bree must complete one small – but critical – task. It seems harmless enough, but her action comes with a devastating price, making her complicit in a tangled web of tragedy and shocking secrets that could destroy everything she loves. It is the beginning of an odyssey that will lead Bree to dangerous places, explosive confrontations, and chilling truths.
Bree will do whatever it takes to protect her family – but what if the cost tears their world apart?
“Joshilyn Jackson does it again with this explosive, white-knuckle read about a mother who will stop at nothing to protect her family. Terrifying, timely and thought-provoking.” (Mary Kubica, New York Times best-selling author of The Other Mrs.)
Bree’s son has been kidnapped. She has received directions on what she has to do to get him back. She is going to have to kill her husband’s best friend. She does not hesitate. If this is how it has to be to get her son back…then so be it! But, this is not the end of it. There is more…so much more.
Bree is such a great character. She loves with all her heart. She is decisive and smart. When her son disappears, she will do anything to get him back.
Well! Talk about intense and terrifying in spots. I will have to say, this is one of Joshilyn Jackson’s best books and I have read them all! Her writing has definitely grown and changed over the years. All her books are wonderful…but this one is the best!
The author actually narrated her own book. (I love it when an author does that!) She has done quite a few audible books I have listened to. But she outdid herself on this one. You could feel the anguish in her voice when it came to Bree. So, to say this is a book you do not want to miss..
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I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.