When She Returned Kindle Edition
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Dr. Lucinda Berry is a trauma psychologist and leading researcher in childhood trauma. She uses her clinical experience to create disturbing psychological thrillers, blurring the line between fiction and nonfiction. She enjoys taking her readers on journeys through the dark recesses of the human psyche.
If Berry isn't chasing after her ten-year-old son, you can find her running through Los Angeles, prepping for her next marathon. To hear about her upcoming releases, visit her on Facebook or sign up for her newsletter at https: //about.me/lucindaberry.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- Print length : 293 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (15 October 2019)
- ASIN : B07MQRYBKP
- Language: : English
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- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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Kate and Scott, married for 17 years, had a 5 year old daughter Abbi. Kate goes out one Sunday to get a few groceries, and seemingly disappears off the face of the earth.
She was a stay at home Mum who had previously worked as a reporter, a career that she loved.
At the time of her disappearance, she had been given a fantastic opportunity to get back into the workforce after her boss Leo, had received a call from someone, requesting Kate to be the person to interview Ray Fischer. Ray was the leader of the religious group/cult, 'Love International' who had up until this time, refused any interviews at all. It was too good of an opportunity to turn down..
This story is told by Meredith, Scotts current wife, whom he married sometime after Kate was declared legally dead. Her POV is told in the 'present'
Abbi, also 'present' POV, who is now 16 years old and doesn't have many memories of her mother,
and Kate, who tells her story from the 'past', (and her 11 years missing)
First of all I cannot imagine how a sane person could get caught up in a cult and then suffer torture while in the cult.
This book kept unsettling me even days after having finished it.
Not for me.
When She Returned is my second novel by Lucinda Berry. Once again she has written an extraordinary story! Centred around the past and the present, a mother has ended up in being lured into a Cult by a man named Ray. For 11 years her husband, Scott and now 16 year old daughter, Abbi, have been trying to find her. Then suddenly, there she is. She has turned up at a Gas Station clutching a baby to her chest. She is reunited with her family and as the story unfolds, it seems things aren't exactly as they appear and then the unthinkable happens which changes the families world once again.
I was drawn into this story from the very first couple of pages. It never got boring. There are 3 people telling this story. Kate, the mother. Abbi, the daughter. Meridith, who is Scott's new wife. It makes this such a fascinating read. It felt quite accurate aswell, like how the characters played out is what I would pretty much expect. The reactions to Kate having been found and brought back to stay in herr old home and then Kate's PTSD. There were a few things about that that I had agreed with because it's exactly how it would have played out. I would definitely recommend this, especially to those with an interest in cults as that is a pretty heavy theme in this book. I really enjoyed this and no doubt it won't be my last book by Lucinda Berry.
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Opening with Scott, Meredith and Abbi driving to Montana, When She Returned gets off to an intriguing start with Lucinda Berry littering the opening with details of the far-reaching and ultimately futile search for Kate with Scott even considered a viable suspect. Where has Kate been and if she was kidnapped, who took her? After being medically cleared by the hospital Kate is free to leave with the FBI firmly believing she joined a cult, and Scott determined to install her and the new baby into his current domestic set-up. But with Meredith left on the sidelines and little thought for her feelings, tensions run high with Scott still insistent that Kate would never have left voluntarily.
A three way narrative recounts the story with teenage daughter, Abbi and new wife, Meredith’s individual perspectives in the present and a ‘then’ narrative following the perspective of Kate at the time of her disappearance when she was keen to get back to work as an investigative journalist. As Abbi focuses on getting to know her mother and the FBI struggle to break through Kate’s wall of silence, the response of Meredith to her return is more circumspect and as her stay goes on she begins to wonder whether Kate is really as traumatised as Scott believes. Whilst I could empathise with patient and caring Meredith, vulnerable Abbi and felt Scott’s earnest desire to believe in his childhood sweetheart, I struggled with Kate’s narrative that quickly makes clear she was brainwashed by a cult with a very charismatic leader and prior to her departure was already uncertain about her future with Scott.
Once Kate’s story moves into cult territory my interest waned and although there is a twist into the close, I felt the suspense fell out of the story and it lost its forward momentum. Readers are given unnecessarily in-depth insights into the cult that Kate was part of which add little to the wider story of a family struggling to cope with the woman who has returned to them. I wanted to understand how the characters felt and the implications of Kate’s return, however Kate’s narrative is pure backstory that fails to convey any of her present day emotions or fears.
I have no idea whether the scenario of an unstable and PTSD suffering character such as Kate returning so quickly to her old home life is at all realistic and was in fact surprised her departure was such an immense shock seeing as she was already becoming entrenched in the Love International community prior to her exit.
An interesting read but I do have reservations about the novels progression and abrupt end.
I was surprised she was collecting her daughter from pre-school on a Sunday......thought I'd read it wrong but flicked back and I hadn't. I was shocked too to read one character had had a misdemeanour for shoplifting in her TWENTIES !! Seemed late to start at that age !
There were no mistakes which is impressive but sadly the story was not for me.