Thursday, January 14, 2016

REVIEW: Finding Emma by Steena Holmes

Finding Emma by Steena Holmes 
Finding Emma (1)
By Steena Holmes
Genre(s): Contemporary, Mystery 
Pages: 265
Published: April 2012

Official Summary:  "Megan sees her daughter Emma everywhere. She's the little girl standing in the supermarket, the child waiting for the swings at the playground, the girl with ice cream dripping down her face. But it's never Emma. 

Emma's been missing for two years. 

Unable to handle the constant heartache of all the false sightings, Megan's husband threatens to walk away unless Megan can agree to accept Emma is gone. Megan's life and marriage is crumbling all around her and she realizes she may have to do the thing she dreads most: move on. 

When Megan takes a photo of a little girl with an elderly couple at the town fair, she believes it to be her missing daughter. Unable to let go, she sets in motion a sequence of events that could destroy both families lives."

Review:  This was a very empathetic story to read.  Very moving. And any parents worst nightmare.  Two years ago three year old Emma went missing from her home/yard.  One minute she is with her family and the next gone.  No trace or clues are found as to what happened.  I cannot even begin to truly imagine what that must be like.  Steena Holmes does an amazing good of showing us on possible scenario to watch play out.  This is a very down to earth, putting yourself in someone else's shoes. 

Megan, Emma's mother, looks into more safety plans for kids but cannot seem to move beyond the loss and is often in trouble for seeing her daughter in other kids and refuses to give up searching.  Her husband wants to move on with their lives and possibly away from her.  And what about their other two daughters?  We get so many different personalities in the face of a tragedy and each one unique.  Each will pull on those empathy strings we have attached to our hearts.  

But this isn't just their story.  We also get Jack and his family his happy, loving yet slightly broken family.  What his story is I will not say, but it sure had me contemplating how this might end and what would the outcome have on each and every character.    It has all the feels in it for readers to enjoy.  Yet not overwhelmingly so.  It brushes us just enough to begin to understand.  While one cannot begin to understand where someone who has lost a child is coming from, this book opens our eyes to a few possibilities.  IT has a very real feel to it all.  The characters are rich and the story is emotionally charged.  

1 comment:

  1. wow this one sounds like a tearjerker. Not sure I could stand to read it. But sounds it would probably one of those when I start it I'd have to finish.


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