Sometimes when things were too close, they weren’t as easy to see. Not until you took a step back, far enough to make the blurred edges crisp. For the little girl she’d never been and a child she’d never known.
Two women brought together because of a crime. Detective Jo Larsen has a past that she is stuck in. She avoids intimacy and as a wall around her heart but she is faithful. Faithful in that she is like a dog with a bone. When something grips her heart, she can’t let go. Jenny Dielman has disappeared and her husband is concerned because of Jenny’s past. A loss of child from a previous marriage. Jenny has been haunted by her son’s death and is unable to get past it. With her new marriage, it all seems pristine. But is it? Larsen and her partner continue to dig deeper into Jenny’s past and her past marriage. When Jenny is found by Larsen, Larsen feels a connection and becomes determined to give Jenny justice for the losses she suffered.
The narration is told by the two women – Jenny’s narration by her journal as she searches for the answers to her son’s death and Larsen as she finds the answers to what happened to her and her son and the connection that they all share. This was a balanced plot and character driven crime mystery that has you guessing to what happened and why. Was Jenny crazy or did she have reason to believe that a crime was committed to against her son. Larsen who worked better thru the connection she had with her victims than the average detective. Larsen who never was a little girl but had to grow up fast and Jenny who would never hold her child again and the loneliness it caused. The connection between the two drove the plot and the characters. I liked it!
A Special Thank You to Thomas & Mercer and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.