Stolen Things
A sensational crime, a missing teen, and a mother and daughter with no one to trust but themselves come together in this shocking debut thriller by R. H. Herron.“Mama? Help me.”Laurie Ahmadi has worked as a 911 police dispatcher in her quiet Northern California town for nearly two decades. She considers the department her family; her husband, Omid, is its first Arab American chief, and their teenaged daughter, Jojo, has grown up with the force. So when Laurie catches a 911 call and, to her horror, it’s Jojo, the whole department springs into action.Jojo, drugged, disoriented, and in pain, doesn’t remember how she ended up at the home of Kevin Leeds, a pro football player famous for his on-the-field activism and his work with the CapB—“Citizens Against Police Brutality”—movement. She doesn’t know what happened to Kevin’s friend and trainer, whose beaten corpse is also discovered in the house. And she has no idea where her best friend Harper, who was with her earlier in the evening, could be.But when Jojo begins to dive into Harper’s social media to look for clues to her whereabouts, Jojo uncovers a shocking secret that turns everything she knew about Harper—and the police department—on its head. With everything they thought they could rely on in question, Laurie and Jojo begin to realize that they can’t trust anyone to find Harper except themselves . . . and time is running out.

Stolen Things Details

TitleStolen Things
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 20th, 2019
PublisherDutton
ISBN-139781524744908
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery

Stolen Things Review

  • Amy Imogene Reads
    January 1, 1970
    ARC approved! Thank you to Dutton via Netgalley for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
  • Lisa Jordan
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars!Fantastic debut!I loved the two pov's and they they are told from the mother and the daughter.I loved the diversity in the cast.There were some "twists" that I saw coming early, but it didn't detract from the overall enjoyment because I was invested in the characters.Cant' wait to see more from this author.
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  • Shelby
    January 1, 1970
    For nearly two decades, Laurie has worked as a 911 dispatcher. Her worst nightmare suddenly becomes a reality when she gets a 911 call from her 16-year old daughter, Jojo, who has no idea where she is and what happened to her. The last thing she remembers is hanging out with a friend of hers—Kevin Leeds—a much older, pro football player that Laurie had no idea about. Laurie’s husband, Omid, is Chief of Police and is the first to arrive at Leeds’ home where they find traumatized Jojo. Since Jojo For nearly two decades, Laurie has worked as a 911 dispatcher. Her worst nightmare suddenly becomes a reality when she gets a 911 call from her 16-year old daughter, Jojo, who has no idea where she is and what happened to her. The last thing she remembers is hanging out with a friend of hers—Kevin Leeds—a much older, pro football player that Laurie had no idea about. Laurie’s husband, Omid, is Chief of Police and is the first to arrive at Leeds’ home where they find traumatized Jojo. Since Jojo has no recollection of what happened, Omid is forced to rely on what’s in front of them to tell them what happened. They discover a dead body—a young man named Zach—in the closet and Kevin downstairs, claiming to not know what happened. Jojo is wondering where her best friend, Harper, is since her last memory is of them being together. Omid and Laurie don’t think that things could be any worse, but when Jojo’s rape kit comes back positive, they are proven wrong. They’re thrown for a loop because Jojo never mentioned Zach or Kevin and she hasn’t hung out with Harper for over two years. It’s becoming apparent that Omid and Laurie don’t know their little girl as well as they thought they did. And when Harper appears missing from her bedroom, the PD not only have a murder and rape case on their hands, but a missing person, too. But Laurie and Jojo discover that the department is not as clean as they want to appear. Something isn’t right and they need to figure out the truth for themselves. If they don’t put the dots together fast, they may not be able to save Harper...Stolen Things is R.H. Herron’s premiere novel. A crime mystery set in our current social climate, told through the perspectives of mom and daughter—Laurie and Jojo. This story takes place in Northern California, so I felt drawn to it initially. But I felt the story wasn’t compelling and dragged on. I appreciated the subject-matter, but felt the ideals of the author were laid on a little too thick for my liking. I don’t think I’d be interested in reading anything else by this author. 2.5/5 stars. Thank you to Edelweiss, Dutton and R.H. Herron for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • LeTresa Payne
    January 1, 1970
    My review of Stolen Things by R.H. Heron5/5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟I was just granted a wish to read this book 7 hours ago and I read it in one setting! This is most definitely a 5 star read. This book was superb! Action packed from the very first page with scenes that knock you out of your seat. You'll feel as if you're at the movies while reading this. I simply couldn't put this book down. I kept wanting to know who had hurt Laurie's 16 year old daughter, JoJo, and who had kidnapped JoJo's best friend, Ha My review of Stolen Things by R.H. Heron5/5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟I was just granted a wish to read this book 7 hours ago and I read it in one setting! This is most definitely a 5 star read. This book was superb! Action packed from the very first page with scenes that knock you out of your seat. You'll feel as if you're at the movies while reading this. I simply couldn't put this book down. I kept wanting to know who had hurt Laurie's 16 year old daughter, JoJo, and who had kidnapped JoJo's best friend, Harper? All of the mystery surrounding the could be crooked/bad cops that Laurie and her husband Omid worked with kept me intrigued and turning the page. And not to mention JoJo's secret life and the activist group, CapB, she's been involved with. I haven't read a book this fast in ages. Everytime I thought I had the perpetrator figured out, another clue would be thrown in and I'll have to go right back to the drawing board to figure things out. Towards the end I did have a very good inkling as to who was behind all of the crimes and drama. It turns out that I had pegged one of the perpetrators right all along. This book discusses race, homosexuality, current political views involving racial police brutality, teenage love, rape, murder and so much more. There are some pretty graphic scenes involved. This has been the absolutely best thriller I've read all year and I'll definitely be recommending this book to others. Thank you so much for the opportunity to read this amazing and literary satisfying story. Kudos to the author for creating this masterpiece.
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  • Tina Meyers
    January 1, 1970
    While well written for the most part, it will really take many out of their comfort zones. The authors bio at the end literally ruined a book I was kindly given a net galley arc to read. As it appears, this pseudonym person is totally against police even having worked for them. Quite a shame because except for certain things I chose to overlook in the book, it was worthy of higher praise but I don't believe political views need to be used
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  • Megan Mills
    January 1, 1970
    A can’t-put-down, woke thriller with a great cast of characters.
  • Energy
    January 1, 1970
    We start the book with Jojo, a bit of a rebellious teen who's keeping secrets. Her father, Omid, is a police officer, her mother Laurie, a 911 dispatcher. They work a lot of hours which leaves Jojo with a lot of free time. Laurie's deepest fears are realized when it's her daughter's voice on the other end of the 911 line. The hunt for her daughter doesn't go on long, but when she is found, she isn't alone. NFL star Kevin is in the house asleep and there's a dead body not too far from where Jojo We start the book with Jojo, a bit of a rebellious teen who's keeping secrets. Her father, Omid, is a police officer, her mother Laurie, a 911 dispatcher. They work a lot of hours which leaves Jojo with a lot of free time. Laurie's deepest fears are realized when it's her daughter's voice on the other end of the 911 line. The hunt for her daughter doesn't go on long, but when she is found, she isn't alone. NFL star Kevin is in the house asleep and there's a dead body not too far from where Jojo is found. She's been drugged and raped, and Kevin is the prime suspect. But that would be too easy to end there. There are multiple suspects and you can't trust anyone, especially the police. But now Jojo's friend Harper is missing. Her parents didn't even know that they were hanging out again. They stopped being friends two years ago. Multiple secrets keep coming to light. The story is told through Laurie and Jojo so it's nice to get alternating perspectives because Jojo is the one holding a lot of the secrets. There was one major thing that kept this from being a 5-star read for me. Laurie had just gone through something major, and her co-worker Sarah declares "I think you have some kind of PTSD." I'm not sure what she means by "some kind", and I would think that anyone in the police department would know that you don't get diagnosed for PTSD in 3 days. In fact, you have to have been suffering for 6 months before you can be diagnosed with it. Could she be suffering post-traumatic stress? Sure, but not post-traumatic stress disorder. The author then goes on to write Laurie having a conversation about PTSD, in which she says to herself "If she was going crazy, she wanted to know about it." Which for me implies that people with PTSD are crazy. As a sufferer with PTSD, I appreciate it when authors include that in their books, but not so poorly, and not so offensively. It would be nice if the author took all of that out of the book completely.Aside from the issue I have above, Stolen Things was very well-written, once the action started, it was non-stop, and once the secrets started to come to light, there were more of them at every turn. There was a constant stream of situations to keep the reader occupied. When Laurie felt she got one thing resolved, another popped up. It was a quick, non-stop action mystery-thriller.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel that was part mystery, part thriller, and all parts relevant! As a 911 dispatcher, Laurie get a call that all parents fear: her sixteen-year-old daughter, Jojo awakens in a strange bed and suspects she's been roofied and raped. Police chief father, Omid responds and Jojo is found but there's a dead man in the room next to her and it's later discovered that her best friend Harper (who was with her that night) is missing. So many unanswered questions, made even more I thoroughly enjoyed this novel that was part mystery, part thriller, and all parts relevant! As a 911 dispatcher, Laurie get a call that all parents fear: her sixteen-year-old daughter, Jojo awakens in a strange bed and suspects she's been roofied and raped. Police chief father, Omid responds and Jojo is found but there's a dead man in the room next to her and it's later discovered that her best friend Harper (who was with her that night) is missing. So many unanswered questions, made even more complicated by the fact that Jojo, of course, lied about where she was going that night and now remembers very little of what happened. Adding to the suspense are the secret meetings she and Harper were attending in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The plot is based on the author's real life experience as a dispatcher, and so while the events seem wild, they also appear realistic as they expose corruption and prejudice in society.Thanks to NetGalley and Dutton for granting my wish!
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    I couldn’t put it down. So good.
  • Deborah Hightower
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss+ for the e-ARC copy of Stolen Things by R.H.Herron. This novel was not short on twists and kept me hooked throughout. Great read.
  • Jessica | Booked J
    January 1, 1970
    Review also found here at Booked J. I was sent an eARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not change my view in any shape or form. Note: This review is a little on the shorter side for me because the release date is so far away. I don't want to spoil the novel for potential readers. I love a good thriller that delivers all things necessary to chilling its audience. If it doesn't make me oblivious to the world around me, and dizzy with everything it cont Review also found here at Booked J. I was sent an eARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not change my view in any shape or form. Note: This review is a little on the shorter side for me because the release date is so far away. I don't want to spoil the novel for potential readers. I love a good thriller that delivers all things necessary to chilling its audience. If it doesn't make me oblivious to the world around me, and dizzy with everything it contains, then I feel disconnected from it. Stolen Things is one of those thrillers that intrigues you in the earliest of stages--I knew I'd like it based on synopsis alone, but nothing prepared me for the experience of actually reading it.Told in dual POV, Stolen Things follows and portrays many things. It is also oversees a cast of diverse characters and many questions. These questions, the mystery, kept me holding my breath from time to time. Stolen Things pacing was the cause of it--it builds the right amount of tension.Herron knows how to keep an audience attentive and desperate to know what happens next.What I liked most about the novel is the way it unravels and how well it fits. It was well developed, thoughtful and felt intensely real. When I say I couldn't put Stolen Things down, I mean that in the most genuine of ways--I didn't want to put it down.If you're, like me, a long time reader of the genre, you'll probably see a lot of the central twists in the novel coming. However, Stolen Things makes it worth your while. With its stunning prose, you'll be compliant in remaining still throughout it.You can't miss this one.
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  • Jessica Letizia
    January 1, 1970
    A 911 dispatcher gets a call on her shift and immediately recognizes the voice as her daughter Jojo. She doesn't know where she is, has no memory of how she got there, but feels groggy and in pain. After tracking her down along with her police chief husband, they discover her at the home of 22 year-old pro football player Kevin, a Colin Kaepernick-like figure in town and a friend of Jojo's. What unfolds next is a series of twists and turns as mother and daughter desperately search for clues as t A 911 dispatcher gets a call on her shift and immediately recognizes the voice as her daughter Jojo. She doesn't know where she is, has no memory of how she got there, but feels groggy and in pain. After tracking her down along with her police chief husband, they discover her at the home of 22 year-old pro football player Kevin, a Colin Kaepernick-like figure in town and a friend of Jojo's. What unfolds next is a series of twists and turns as mother and daughter desperately search for clues as to what happened to Jojo, where her friend Harper is, and what happened to the man in the next room. There are a lot of mistakes made, incorrect assumptions, and frankly idiotic decisions along the way to finding the truth. It was an overall enjoyable book and it did seem like the author had a certain familiarity with law enforcement (which is later confirmed in the author's note at the end). However I did have a couple issues. First, a minor one, but the writing style... from chapter to chapter, it'd somewhat alternate perspectives between mom Laurie and daughter Jojo, except it would always be in the third person so the only thing that would change is how to the other person was referred to (i.e in Jojo's chapters, Laurie would be referred to as Mom). This felt like an unnecessary choice and I just found it a bit odd. The other thing that slightly bothered me was the author admits at the end that she takes certain liberties with her characterization of the police force. I think she went too far. I don't want to say too much, but if you're a die-hard Blue Lives Matter person, you'll likely get frustrated with the extent and the degree to which she pushes the narrative in one direction.
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  • Bekka
    January 1, 1970
    Gripping: that is the word that describes RH Herron's Stolen Things. Told from the perspective of a police dispatcher/ former police officer/ current bad-ass mom (Laurie) and her sixteen year old daughter (Jojo), Stolen Things. navigates the unsettling idea of what happens when the "good guys" aren't playing by the law (or just some basic human decency) anymore. I really couldn't put this one down! RH Herron really put a pulse on the fierce protection and devotion a mother has to her child, and Gripping: that is the word that describes RH Herron's Stolen Things. Told from the perspective of a police dispatcher/ former police officer/ current bad-ass mom (Laurie) and her sixteen year old daughter (Jojo), Stolen Things. navigates the unsettling idea of what happens when the "good guys" aren't playing by the law (or just some basic human decency) anymore. I really couldn't put this one down! RH Herron really put a pulse on the fierce protection and devotion a mother has to her child, and also the vulnerability a teenage girl has in our culture. I found myself torn between exasperation with Jojo and a dark sense of nostalgia as I recalled all the times I had put myself in potentially dangerous situations, surrounded myself with questionable friends, and lied to my parents in an indignant "I'm basically an adult," kind of way. However, it's interesting to see how Laurie and Jojo's relationship solidifies and how Jojo matures quickly from the tense investigation and series of events that follow Jojo waking up alone, injured, and unsure of both where she is and how she got there. Trigger warnings for rape/ sexual assault. Thank you to Dutton for sending me an ARC and for giving me the opportunity to write this unbiased review!
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  • Jennifer Oslowski
    January 1, 1970
    Let me start by saying this book is fueled with many sensitive subjects. Police corruption, a pro football player fighting injustices of black people, a group similar to "Black Lives Matter" but known as CapB in this book, rape of a minor, pedophilia, gay/lesbian relationships, dirty cops, shall I go on ? If any of these subject matters upset you, I might suggest you skip this one. The story line was interesting and had me turning the pages. JoJo and her mother are the main characters and you wi Let me start by saying this book is fueled with many sensitive subjects. Police corruption, a pro football player fighting injustices of black people, a group similar to "Black Lives Matter" but known as CapB in this book, rape of a minor, pedophilia, gay/lesbian relationships, dirty cops, shall I go on ? If any of these subject matters upset you, I might suggest you skip this one. The story line was interesting and had me turning the pages. JoJo and her mother are the main characters and you will hear both POV's. Laurie works as a 911 dispatcher while her husband Omid is the Chief of police. She receives a 911 call from her daughter JoJo that sets the book in motion. JoJo wakes in a dark room knowing something bad has happened. She is at Kevin Leeds house, aka the pro football player, a dead body is found and Harper (JoJo's best friend) is missing. Wow was Harper a character! no pun intended! Kevin ends up in jail while JoJo and Laurie try to piece everything together to determine what happened and who the real killer is.. Stolen Things is the first suspense book by R.H. Herron and I feel she has promise. I do feel however the political aspects were lain on a bit too thick. Some may be turned off by it, I, however, give the author kudos for her bravery. A big thank you to Penguin Dutton and NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book! 3/5 stars!
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  • Andrea Pole
    January 1, 1970
    Stolen Things by R.H Herron is a story that is inspired by true events from the author's stint as a 911 dispatch operator. While I do have some minor quibbles with a small portion of the dialogue, overall this is a good, solid read.Laurie is working her shift as a 911 dispatcher when a call comes in that is nothing short of her worst nightmare. On the line is her sixteen year old daughter, Jojo, and she is in trouble. She is alone, not sure where she is, and has possibly been roofied and raped. Stolen Things by R.H Herron is a story that is inspired by true events from the author's stint as a 911 dispatch operator. While I do have some minor quibbles with a small portion of the dialogue, overall this is a good, solid read.Laurie is working her shift as a 911 dispatcher when a call comes in that is nothing short of her worst nightmare. On the line is her sixteen year old daughter, Jojo, and she is in trouble. She is alone, not sure where she is, and has possibly been roofied and raped. As a former police officer herself, and married to the acting chief, Laurie does not hesitate to take action, and races to find her daughter. But a grisly discovery at the scene takes the case to another level. When Jojo's best friend is discovered missing, dark secrets begin to emerge that no one, least of all Laurie herself, could have predicted.This is a novel that will keep you engaged, with just the right amount of shock and revelation thrown in to keep you turning the pages.Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Group Dutton for this ARC.
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  • Debbie Erickson
    January 1, 1970
    I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley. The following review is my honest opinion.Stolen Things grabbed my attention from the first page and continued to keep me interested as I read this book in two sittings. The story begins with Laurie Ahmadi, a 911 dispatcher, receiving a frantic call for help from her teenage daughter. Laurie's husband is the Chief of Police and the two of them work frantically to find and rescue their only child. The book is told from both Laurie's and the d I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley. The following review is my honest opinion.Stolen Things grabbed my attention from the first page and continued to keep me interested as I read this book in two sittings. The story begins with Laurie Ahmadi, a 911 dispatcher, receiving a frantic call for help from her teenage daughter. Laurie's husband is the Chief of Police and the two of them work frantically to find and rescue their only child. The book is told from both Laurie's and the daughter Jojo's POV, which adds to the interest of the story. There are a lot of twists and the rescue of Jojo is only the tip of the iceberg. Murder, rape and another missing girl all keep the tension at a high pitch, as well as trying to figure out who can or can't be trusted within the police department. I do recommend this first novel by RH Herron, it is fast paced and well written.
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  • Bonnie Franks
    January 1, 1970
    This book has it all! Characters that feel real, action, diversity, thrills, chills, and more than one unexpected revelation. The tale is told from the perspective of two characters, the mother and the daughter. The almost rebellious teenager has some things to hide and does her level best to hide them. When some of those things are forcefully found out by her parents, the real story begins. Her father is the Chief of Police in their small town and her mother is a dispatcher. They know their way This book has it all! Characters that feel real, action, diversity, thrills, chills, and more than one unexpected revelation. The tale is told from the perspective of two characters, the mother and the daughter. The almost rebellious teenager has some things to hide and does her level best to hide them. When some of those things are forcefully found out by her parents, the real story begins. Her father is the Chief of Police in their small town and her mother is a dispatcher. They know their way around the law, but do they know enough to save their daughter from the forces surrounding her? Twists and turns abound. Truth and lies are told. Action packed, well written, it makes you want to slow down and take it all in while at the same time racing to the end to see what happens! You will enjoy the ride!Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing my copy.
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  • GaGirl
    January 1, 1970
    Whew! This one had me glued to the screen for hours anticipating what was next. The twists and turns were action packed and kept me intrigued from the opening line. I thought I knew "whodoneit" several times, but this one kept me second guessing until the end! I appreciate that the author touched on many important yet sensitive topics in a natural way that fit the flow of the book. I read this in one day and wish it were longer because it read much like watching a movie. Thank you Dutton via Net Whew! This one had me glued to the screen for hours anticipating what was next. The twists and turns were action packed and kept me intrigued from the opening line. I thought I knew "whodoneit" several times, but this one kept me second guessing until the end! I appreciate that the author touched on many important yet sensitive topics in a natural way that fit the flow of the book. I read this in one day and wish it were longer because it read much like watching a movie. Thank you Dutton via NetGalley for the e-ARC!
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    This book was action packed the whole way through. Part mystery and part police procedural, the plot was fast moving with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. I loved that the two primary characters were strong independent women and it was written from their perspectives. Definitely a hard to put down book. I am looking forward to more from this author.I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway but the opinions expressed are solely my own.
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really good book! I loved the suspense and the pace of it. The story kept me guessing the whole time and when I thought I knew how the story would go, the plot would twist!
  • Susan Walker
    January 1, 1970
    This is a very good mystery. I enjoyed the characters. The Mother and Daughter are especially interesting.
  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book. I raced through it to discover how it would end. It kept me guessing the entire read. If you want a fast paced twisty read this is it.
  • Marsha Lambert
    January 1, 1970
    Worth all 5 stars and more. Action packed, edge of your seat suspense that has several modern day issues that are weaved into the storyline. Great read!
  • Faith
    January 1, 1970
    This book was provided by the publisher for review. Xposted to Edelweiss.A crazy thrill-ride from the first page, I was so absorbed that I read the entire book in a day. Every time I thought I had everything figured out Herron threw in another twist I was not expecting. Her detailed knowledge of 9-11 dispatch gave this book a layer of realism that a lot of thrillers don't have, and the mother/daughter relationship at its heart filled me to the brim with all the feels. In a crowded field, this is This book was provided by the publisher for review. Xposted to Edelweiss.A crazy thrill-ride from the first page, I was so absorbed that I read the entire book in a day. Every time I thought I had everything figured out Herron threw in another twist I was not expecting. Her detailed knowledge of 9-11 dispatch gave this book a layer of realism that a lot of thrillers don't have, and the mother/daughter relationship at its heart filled me to the brim with all the feels. In a crowded field, this is not a debut to miss!
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  • Caitlin Morton
    January 1, 1970
    This is a story about one crime turning into many, and exposing the dark side of humanity in a quiet suburb. I received an ARC from NetGalley.The story was fantastic, extremely compelling, and I absolutely flew through it, but I found the third person point of view switching off between the mother and daughter confusing, often awkward, and constantly on my mind whilst reading the story. I feel this would have been a much better book if that particular stylistic choice had been done differently, This is a story about one crime turning into many, and exposing the dark side of humanity in a quiet suburb. I received an ARC from NetGalley.The story was fantastic, extremely compelling, and I absolutely flew through it, but I found the third person point of view switching off between the mother and daughter confusing, often awkward, and constantly on my mind whilst reading the story. I feel this would have been a much better book if that particular stylistic choice had been done differently, and it really affected my enjoyment of the book as a whole.
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