Thank you, Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for this advanced reader copy. I read The Perfect Child earlier this year as a Prime First Reads pick, so I jumped at the chance to read another of Lucinda Berry’s books. When She Returned did not disappoint.
Kate Bennett was a normal mom and wife. Formerly a reporter, she decided to take a break with the birth of her daughter, Abbi. Her husband, Scott, was the sole breadwinner. As Abbi grows up, Kate returns to her boss, interested in some work. She gets a lead on an amazing story, interviewing a local “charitable” organization.
Then, Kate just disappears one day. Her car is found in the Target parking lot where she had been shopping, with her purse and keys and everything left behind.
Eleven years later, Kate returns…with an infant daughter. It seems as though she has escaped from the “charitable” organization. Everyone believes she had been abducted. However, Kate is so shell shocked that she’s unable to articulate anything, but the family has to get to the bottom of what happened to her.
I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of cults (Spoiler alert, but not really.). There are people and organizations out there that convince you to give up everything you have to follow their doctrines and rules. It’s just baffling. I’m sure people in the future will say similar things about our generations, but still. It’s just fascinating.
I don’t understand the psychology behind someone being susceptible to joining a cult, but Kate’s character bothered me. We’re talking about a woman in a happy marriage with a beautiful daughter who just gave up everything for this cult.
Overall, I actually really loved When She Returned. The dual storylines kept everything moving and I just couldn’t wait to finish it. I would recommend it to a friend for sure.
Happy Pub Day, When She Returned! I can’t wait to see what Lucinda Berry writes next.
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