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Everybody knows everybody in The Hollows, a quaint, charming town outside of New York City. It’s a place where neighbors keep an eye on one another’s kids, where people say hello in the grocery store, and where high school cliques and antics are never quite forgotten. As a child, Maggie found living under the microscope of small-town life stifling. But as a wife and mother, she has happily returned to The Hollows’s insular embrace. As a psychologist, her knowledge of family histories provides powerful insights into her patients’ lives. So when the girlfriend of her teenage son, Rick, disappears, Maggie’s intuitive gift proves useful to the case—and also dangerous. 

Eerie parallels soon emerge between Charlene’s disappearance and the abduction of another local girl that shook the community years ago when Maggie was a teenager. The investigation has her husband, Jones, the lead detective on the case, acting strangely.  Rick, already a brooding teenager, becomes even more withdrawn.  In a town where the past is always present, nobody is above suspicion, not even a son in the eyes of his father.  

“I know how a moment can spiral out of control,” Jones says to a shocked Maggie as he searches Rick’s room for incriminating evidence. “How the consequences of one careless action can cost you everything.”

As she tries to reassure him that Rick embodies his father in all of the important ways, Maggie realizes this might be exactly what Jones fears most. Determined to uncover the truth, Maggie pursues her own leads into Charlene’s disappearance and exposes a long-buried town secret—one that could destroy everything she holds dear. This thrilling novel about one community’s intricate yet fragile bonds will leave readers asking, How well do I know the people I love? and How far would I go to protect them?

From the Hardcover edition.

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Left Me Wanting More!!
May 13th, 2015
This novel was listed as a Recommended Read and for the low price that I paid for it, I was shocked at how awesome of a read it was!! I loved being able to read from more than one characters views. I was sad when it ended and felt like I got through the novel way too fast; that is what happens when you find an interesting easy read. Hands down I would recommend this!!!
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Excellent read
May 7th, 2015
Thoroughly enjoyed this book -- a great read from start to finish and found it hard to put down. The characters felt true-to-life, each dealing with their own personal issues, but all connected to each other in different ways. I very much like Lisa Unger's style of writing.
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3 of 3 people found this helpful
February 16th, 2015
I wasn't too impressed by it. The story was developed well. I did find issue with the story flipping from one character to the next mid chapter with no warning. I would find myself a bit lost and finding myself thrown off. I didn't feel connected to any of the characters the way I usually do when I'm engrossed in a book. I felt that it took me longer to finish due to this. In my opinion it was a good book, but it could have been better.
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2 of 2 people found this helpful
Though provoting
May 13th, 2013
Very interesting book. Makes you stop and think about how the past stays with us and how all our paths are intertwined.
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