Narrator: L. J. Gantzer
Published by Recorded Books on April 26, 2004
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Length: 11 hours 58 minutes
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An ordinary snapshot causes a mother’s world to unravel in an instant. After picking up her two young children from school, Grace Lawson looks through a newly developed set of photographs. She finds an odd one in the pack: a mysterious picture from perhaps twenty years ago, showing four strangers she can’t identify. But there is one face she recognizes—that of her husband, from before she knew him. When her husband sees the photo that night, he leaves their home and drives off without explanation. She doesn’t know where he’s going, or why he’s leaving. Or if he’s ever coming back. Nor does she realize how dangerous the search for him will be. Because there are others interested in both her husband’s past and that photo, including Eric Wu: a fierce, silent killer who will not be stopped from finding his quarry, no matter who or what stands in his way.
Her world turned upside down, filled with doubts about her herself and marriage, Grace must confront the dark corners of her own tragic past she struggles to learn the truth, find her husband, and save her family.
It was an ordinary day like any other but from the moment when Grace
Lawson picks up her pictures from the photomart, her life was never the same. But I’m getting ahead of myself. The story actually begins with a surprising admission from a prisoner serving a life sentence for murder. That sets off a chain of events that reaches back 15 years to the present.
Since it is a mystery, I can’t tell you much more. What I can say is I was off balance for most of the book. There were several storylines in play that I knew had to be connected but couldn’t figure out how. And, with one exception, I was never sure who the bad guys were. But that one exception was a doozie. This guy was SERIOUSLY scary…I mean bone-chilling frightening.
The bottom line
I figured out some of this by the end of the book but not a whole lot. It was a little complicated but I didn’t have any issues keeping up. Of course, those curveballs at the end were truly out of left field! And the ending still has me pondering. But isn’t that typical with a Coben story? I loved this book.