Three months earlier, Jenna Barton was supposed to meet her lifelong best friend Celia. But when Jenna arrived late, she found that Celia had disappeared—and hasn’t been seen again. Jenna has blamed herself for her friend’s disappearance every single day since then.
The only piece of evidence is a lone diamond earring found where Celia and Jenna were planning to meet, leading the national media to dub Celia “The Diamond Mom.” And even though Jenna has obsessively surfed message boards devoted to missing persons cases, she is no closer to finding any answers—or easing her guilt.
But when her son’s new girlfriend—who suddenly arrived in town without a past—disappears, a stricken Jenna begins to unwind the tangled truth behind Celia’s tragedy. And as long-buried secrets finally come to light, she discovers how completely lives can be shattered by a few simple lies.
Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star
I have long loved this genre of book and this book was one of my favorites of this year. A twisting story that was impossible to figure out until the final denouement, I was gripped from the beginning and raced through the book trying to figure things out.
The story of Jenna and Celia's friendship is woven throughout the story of Celia's disappearance and at many times I thought I might know what had happened but then the story would go off in another direction.
To add to the intrigue, Jenna's son has a girlfriend who also disappears and more questions arise. More and more things begin happening and with the story being told through alternating perspectives, the story quickly gains traction. The story kept getting more and more confusing until the very end when the ultimate reveal made everything make sense and in a very satisfying way.
I loved this book and the fact that it was impossible to figure out. I almost want to go back and read it again right away to experience it all over again. David Bell was not an author that I had previously heard about but I am very much intrigued to read something by him again.
Thank you to Berkley Publising Group for our review copy. All opinions are our own.
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