Friday, August 27, 2021

Review: Where I Left Her by Amber Garza

Where I Left Her
by Amber Garza

Publisher: MIRA Books
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Whitney had some misgivings when she dropped her increasingly moody teenage daughter, Amelia, off at Lauren’s house. She’d never met the parents, and usually she’d go in, but Amelia clearly wasn’t going to let something so humiliating happen, so instead Whitney waved to her daughter before pulling away from the little house with the roses in front.

But when she goes back the next day, an elderly couple answers the door—Amelia and Lauren aren’t there, and this couple swears they never were, that she’s at the wrong house. As Whitney searches for Amelia, she uncovers a trail of lies her daughter has told her—from the Finsta account to rumors of a secret relationship. Does she really even know this girl she’s raised? And Amelia’s not the only one with secrets. Could Whitney’s own demons have something to do with her daughter’s disappearance, and can Whitney find her before it’s too late?

Kritters Thoughts:  A mother in need of a minute away from her moody teenager drops her at a home for a sleep over and doesn't realize that this simple Friday night will take a horrible turn. 

Single mom Whitney has been battling her teenager, Amelia, for months as she is entering that phase where friends take precedence over family.  Whitney agrees to a sleep over at a house that she doesn't know with parents she hasn't met and the next morning things aren't right.  

There were a few storylines going on in this one book.  There is the search for Amelia that is clearly marked with a timeline as to how long she has been missing as Whitney searches for her.  There was a storyline where Whitney goes back in time a few months back and the reader gets the back story to how this mother/daughter relationship went downhill.  And the final storyline takes the reader far back in time to Whitney as a teenager as she is having similar friend experiences that her daughter is going through and the battle as a young woman finds out who she wants to be and who her friends are.

All of these storylines unfolded just right!  It was so interesting to watch Whitney and her story get repeated with her daughter and her realize that as much as she tried to protect Amelia, her daughter still went down a questionable path.  

The ending definitely shocked me and I was left with my mouth hanging open and I still wonder how I feel about the last page, but I an honestly say that I enjoyed reading this mother/daughter duo and how they navigated this hard time where a kid separates from their parent.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 104 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from HarperCollins.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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