Updated: Apr 20
By D. J. Palmer
An Enjoyable Runaway Family Drama With Tons of Twists
Michael Hart is taking his family to NYC for a little vacation. When Michael returns to the hotel after picking up a pizza on their first evening in the city, he finds his wife and two children have disappeared. He fears they’ve been kidnapped but soon discovers that his wife, Natalie, appears to have left on her own, taking their children with her. The police want to know why, and so does Michael, while keeping his past a secret.
Natalie thinks she has Michael all figured out and has hatched a plan to escape from him permanently. Her plans to run away with the children, however, are threatened by her insomnia. Ever since she learned of Michael’s infidelity and his past, she has not been able to sleep more than a few hours a night, and now she is suffering from delusions. So what is real and what is she imagining, and who can she trust.
Both Michael and Natalie tell their version of the story. Natalie's viewpoint is from both the past and the present. Michael's version of the story is told only from his present-day journey to reunite with his family.
The characters are interesting. Natalie's insomnia and delusions make her story doubtful. But we soon learn that Michael has secrets all his own. Throughout the book, you will be questioning the integrity of every version of the story our characters tell. Everyone, even the police officer who volunteers to help Michael, seems to have an ulterior motive.
While the story is a little far-fetched at times, it was enjoyable. The writing is solid, and the pacing is quick.
Author Daniel J. Palmer Writes psychological thrillers and family dramas. His previous novels include The Perfect Daughter (2021) and The New Husband (2021). Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher St. Martin’s Press
Published May 10, 2022