The Housewarming, a review by Sherry

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The Housewarming
S.E. Lynes

Psychological Thriller
324 pages

Published October 23, 2020 by Bookouture

Ava and Matt’s young daughter Abi disappears through the open front door.  There is a massive search and all they find is her toy, Mr. Sloth, her hat and her coat.  Without knowing what happens, they can’t find any closure.

I’m not a mother, so I just can’t imagine the suffering of your daughter being missing and your guilt of your part in her disappearance.  How do you move on without knowing.  At times Ava is with her therapist and discusses that each day is new and if today goes badly, tomorrow will be new again.  How hard is it to remember tomorrow is a new chance when we ourselves fail in something trivial?  She is so sick of neighbors and friends saying God only gives us what we can handle and everything happens for a reason.  How many of us are guilty of saying these types of things trying to build someone up not realizing it may not be the first time they’ve heard that today?

The book bounces back and forth from the event in the past and the present.  The early on family drama was a little repetitive, but the book really moved along once everyone attended the neighbor’s housewarming party.  And while I suspected everyone I met in the book, including Ava and Matt, you’ll be shocked at the ending.



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