Title: The House on Candlewick Lane
Author: Amy M. Reade
Print Length: 263 pages
Publisher: Lyrical Underground (February 7, 2017)
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
When Dr. Greer Dobbins receives a call from her daughter’s school to confirm that her little girl was out of school, she is taken by surprise. Ellie should have been in school.
Ellie is missing and Greer could experience no greater agony. Having been abducted by her ex-husband Neil, Ellie has been taken by her own father. A marriage that fell apart over Neil’s gambling addiction there’s no telling where he’s taken, Ellie. Distraught, Dr. Dobbins is at her wit’s end as she and the police try to piece together the details of the disappearance.
Together they discover Neil has taken Ellie from school and, even more, a man is spotted on an airport security video in Albany New York holding the hand of a little boy. The man’s face is concealed but the little boy turns around and faces the camera. The little boy is Ellie. Greer is taken aback. Neil has cut their daughter’s hair and dressed her in boys clothes.
Unfortunately for this professor things do not get better. Having already sugar coated the details of the divorce to the police (irreconcilable differences), Greer has also neglected to inform the police that neither she or Neil are from the United States. It is in providing information about Neil’s parents and siblings that she reveals that both she and Neil are both from Scotland. At this point, after discovering that both she and her daughter’s passports are missing, it is clear that Neil is headed home.
After a frantic attempt at boarding a plane without a passport and going through several airport personnel to rectify the situation, Greer heads to Edinburgh Scotland in search for her daughter. On the plane, she meets James and a casual conversation sparks the beginning of a relationship and a long search ahead. We learn more about Neil and Greer’s relationship, her strained relationship with her former parents-in-law, and other secrets the city holds.
This is my second read from Amy and I didn’t know how to feel about Greer. She’s alright, I guess. The book opened and I was interested in the story but things started to slow as Greer and the police tried to figure out what happened to Ellie. This time wasn’t suspenseful for me and instead I found it a bit slow.
Then there was Greer who seemed to have some airhead moments, asking questions whose answers to me seemed obvious. Like, how is it she was so surprised that Neil may have taken Ellie to Scotland? Or that he cut her hair. Seriously lady? Why do you think he cut her hair after kidnapping her and being on the run? Like, duh. Maybe she was just distraught because of her daughter being missing and couldn’t think straight but to be a Professor of Art and History she had some clueless moments.
However, my gripe is with Greer not Amy (lol) so despite getting into my feelings the story itself is OK and the writing is good.
Once Greer left the U.S. things got better for me. Things got real interesting once she revealed the abuse she suffered at the hands of Greer’s parents. When she took us back in time to show some of what she went through on the third floor of the house on Candlewick Lane, Amy had my full attention and I was interested to see how everything would unfold. Looking back, I wished she’d left the U.S. sooner so we could get to the juicy details.
I enjoyed how the author didn’t allow the book to end until all the questions were answered. This is something I love in a good novel (that’s not part of a series). That is, everything is resolved before the book ends. Amy won cool points from me on that. Good writing.
Plot Movement / Strength: 3/5
Entertainment Factor: 3/5
Authenticity / Believable: 4/5
Thought Provoking: 3/5
Overall Rating: 3 / 5 stars
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