“Ten years after the tragic disappearance of her twin sister Leah, sixteen-year-old Mia Klein still struggles to exist within a family that has never fully recovered. Deep in the dark recesses of her mind lies an overwhelming shadow, taunting Mia with mind-splitting headaches that she tries to hide in an effort to appear okay.
Leah Klein’s life as she knew it ended the day she was taken, thrust into a world of abuse and fear by a disturbed captor―”Mother,” as she insists on being called. Ten years later, any recollections of her former life are nothing more than fleeting memories, except for those about her twin sister, Mia.
As Leah tries to gain the courage to escape, Mia’s headaches grow worse. Soon, both sisters will discover that their fates are linked in ways they never realized.”
Why I need it:
This book seemed a little stereotypical to me but then I reached a certain part of the blurb that caught my attention. A female kidnapper? That is what “Mother” has to mean, right?
I have read quite a few novels about women taken and held captive for years but I have never read one where the kidnapper was a woman, unless you count The Girl Next Door but that was more of an abusive parent figure rather than a kidnapping. I find female kidnappers interesting. Typically they don’t take girls for sexual reasons. True, there are examples where that has happened but normally the woman functions as part of a couple. In this blurb there is only “mother” mentioned. Women usually kidnap to fulfill motherly or financial needs, or as an act of revenge. Since this kidnapper goes by “mother” I assume it is the motherly motivation. If this is the case I am really pumped for this book. I haven’t read one that focused on that sort of kidnapping before.
^Spot the weirdo who reads criminal psychology books for fun.
Overall this book seems like your typical crime novel about someone trying to track down their missing and presumed dead relative with a few twists thrown in. It could be an interesting view on a rarely written about crime (abduction due to maternal desire) so I am going to be picking it up any way.