Where I Left Her; Amber Garza
Mira - 2021
Whitney is a divorced mother to a moody, disrespectful sixteen year-old named Amelia. As the story begins Whitney is using her GPS to drive Amelia over to the home of Lauren, a newer friend that she is planning an overnight with. Amelia, like many teens, has a way of making Whitney's life more than challenging lately, so Whitney is looking forward to kicking back and having an evening to herself.
The following morning after Whitney's calls to Amelia's phone go unanswered she drives over to the tract house neighborhood where she dropped her daughter off. When an elderly couple answer the door and everyone seems surprised, Whitney thinks she could have the wrong house yet, she remembers the red door and rose bushes. Confused and disoriented she rides around the the connecting neighborhood but ends up back at the home of the elderly couple. Where is Amelia?
The story is clearly every parent's worst nightmare and it has a somewhat creepy feel at times. The story backtracks to seven weeks earlier and progresses to the present and the reader gets to speculate about what has happened to Amelia and her friend. There were also flashbacks to Whitney's own teenage years that makes the reader wonder where the story is headed but, after some unexpected curveballs, it all makes sense in the end - definitely different from anything I've read recently.
Although I did not love this one as I did the author's previous book, When I Was You, however, I was still happy I read this one.
Thanks go to Edelweiss and Mira for allowing my early access to the eGalley in exchange for my unbiased review.
Rating - 4/5 stars