EXCERPT: I’m staring at a hand that appears as if it’s sticking out of a grave. Jumping back in horror as if someone branded me with a hot iron, I gasp for air. This can’t be happening. It must be some kind of sick joke.
But the hand is small…and human. I count five fingers before my mind goes into overdrive.
An overabundance of flies swarm the open air around the skin, aiming for an empty spot to settle on. Their intent is to feed on her. I’m going to be sick from the stench, or maybe it’s the fear of my discovery.
I stare at the olive fabric gathered around a wrist that’s sticking up out of the garbage at a rest stop in Texas. After pawing through the trash on top to discover whose arm it is attached to, I make out the torso of a woman.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: When 17-year-old Maddy Pruitt vanishes from her sleepy town, word on the street is that she ran away. The daughter of an abusive alcoholic with a quick temper, she had every reason to leave in search of something better, and everyone who knew Maddy knew the type of company she kept wasn’t always ideal.
But when a second 17-year-old girl from a local, affluent family turns up missing shortly after Maddy’s disappearance, the circumstances become suspicious. Even though the girls are perfect strangers from opposite sides of town, attended separate schools, and traveled in different social circles, it turns out they have more in common than anyone could have imagined.
With the clock ticking, those closest to the girls lead a frantic search, uncovering secrets, lies, and a web of deceit that might have the girls paying an ultimate price…if they don’t find them in time.
MY THOUGHTS: What can I say? Awkward writing about a very topical subject. Repetitive. I lost count of how many times in the prologue we were told it was a rest stop in Texas. I got absolutely no sense of suspense.
It is extremely confusing in parts, implausible in others. I seriously considered not finishing, and seriously wish I had listened to my inner voice. By the time I got to the end, I had completely lost interest which, perhaps was just as well as I found the ending to be absolutely implausible.
Not something I am going to recommend, but with a good edit and a bit of rewriting, it has the potential to be a good read.
THE AUTHOR: Marin Montgomery grew up in the Midwest but traded in the cornfields for desert and now calls Arizona her home.
When she’s not thinking up her next psych twist, she can be found playing a mean game of Scrabble, binge-watching a variety of television shows, and hanging with her Goldendoodle, Dashiell.
DISCLOSURE: I listened to the audiobook of The House Without a Key written by Marin Montgomery, narrated by Charles Constant, Hilary Huber and Neva Navarre, published by Tantor Audion, via Overdrive. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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