We’d both gone missing at one point, but Claire had one thing I didn’t. Someone to notice. So why was I the one still here and she the one still gone? Nineteen year old Megan Smith has spent the past year working in a small town diner in the middle of nowhere. Life is quiet, simple, safe. Then comes the news that her look-a-like has gone missing. Claire. Still damaged both physically and mentally, Megan's not looking to be noticed. Wherever she goes from here, it's a road she needs to take alone. But when Nickolas Ellis takes the job as the new nightshift cook, it scares her how easily her defenses crumble down, down, down for him. But there are secrets she can't bear to share with just anyone, unspeakable acts that continue to haunt, and when the similarities of Claire’s abduction couples with the fear of an unwanted visitor in town, the urge to run before it all happens again intensifies, threatening the only happiness Megan's ever found. New Adult Romantic Suspense / Realistic Fiction Recommended for 17+ for MATURE and DISTURBING SITUATIONS, LANGUAGE and SEXUAL CONTENT
4 Out Of 5 Stars
Genre: New Adult, Mystery, Survival--
Megan keeps her head down, living as a waitress in a small town and getting paid in cash, living below the radar. One day while working, she meets a girl who mistakes her for her missing sister Claire, causing Megan to question the missing girl’s abduction. When a new cook is hired, Megan allows herself to be drawn to him, even when doing so causes her guard to be let down. Unfortunately, Megan sees a person from her past, which she knows to mean that she may have to leave her life behind to keep her freedom.
I will make this review short and precise, unlike a lot of my rambly reviews because I do not want to say too much and give away the plot, which fyi does not at all match the synopsis that goes with the book. I went into this story expecting a mystery with a doppelganger and some twisty plot. What I actually got was a very dark read that I don’t actually think I was prepared for. Disclaimer about the book: it dealt with human trafficking, brain washing, past abuse, corruption of police, as well as current scenes of rape and physical and mental abuse as well as torture and the recovery that goes along with such events. I was incredibly surprised by what the story was about, and to be honest I do not know if I would have read this book if I had known the actual topic. That being said, it was a very well written book with character depth and an easy reading style that made the pages fly by regardless of the dark content. I rooted for Megan and her strength to endure even while I did not necessarily agree with the choices she made (but who am I to judge since I have never been in that situation), and I will admit to being madly in love with Nick who I am pretty sure if the perfect man (albeit fictional, sigh). This was a very compelling read, but I personally do not gravitate towards the dark twisty realistic books on a general basis since real life is depressing enough and I like to escape in my reading. This was not an escape for me, but a cold dose of reality that made me really sad since this goes on all the time. I don’t think I will read anymore in the series because I had enough, but I am sure that other people will really like this book and others like it because it was well done just terrible at the same time.
I received this title from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.