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
When Dr. Greer Dobbins receives a call from her daughter’s school to confirm that her little girl is out, she is surprised. 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.
They discover 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 divorce details to the police, Greer must inform them that neither she nor Neil is from the United States. In providing information about Neil’s parents and siblings, she reveals that 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, searching 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.
I enjoyed how the author didn’t allow the book to end until all the questions were answered. I love this in a good novel: everything is resolved before the book end and we have a solid and satisfying conclusion.
Plot Movement / Strength: 4/5
Entertainment Factor: 3/5
Authenticity / Believable: 3/5
Thought Provoking: 3/5
Overall Rating: 3 / 5 stars
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E.n.g.r.o.s.s.i.n.g. Thanks for this review. 😛