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Publisher Description

Something happened to her mother that night. Something no one wants to talk about. But she’s determined to uncover her family’s dark secrets, even if they bury her.

Five-year-old Sloane McBride couldn’t sleep that night. Her parents were arguing again, their harsh words heating the cool autumn air. And then there was that other sound—the ominous thump before all went quiet.

In the morning, her mother was gone.

The official story was that she left. Her loving, devoted mother! That hadn’t sat any better at the time than it did when Sloane moved out at eighteen, anxious to leave her small Texas hometown in search of anywhere else. But not even a fresh start working as a model in New York could keep the nightmares at bay. Or her fears that the domineering father she grew up with wasn’t just difficult—he was deadly.

Now another traumatic loss forces Sloane to realize she owes it to her mother to find out the truth, even if it means returning to a small town full of secrets and lies, a jilted ex-boyfriend, and a father and brother who’d rather see her silenced. But as Sloane starts digging into the past, the question isn’t whether she can uncover what really happened that night…it’s what will remain of her family if she does?

Fiction & Literature
December 4
MIRA Books
Harlequin Digital Sales Corporation

Customer Reviews

moms like dress up 2 ,

Great Read

First time reading this Author! I loved it! Will read more!

Carol M Smith ,

Brenda Novak’s Before We Were Strangers

This book opens with a quick burst of energy.
The pace is fast and strong with mind blowing
twists. A real puzzler full of surprises!!
Sloane McBride was five years old when her
mother disappeared. Even though her father
claimed her mother was unhappy and left to go
on her own, Sloane always felt foul play took part
in her mother’s disappearance.
Now twenty three years later, Sloane has returned
home much to the dismay of her father, brother
and her once best friend who got pregnant to
Sloane’s old boyfriend after she left. Now this
friend has supposedly re-befriend Sloane....BUT
who can Sloane really trust as she digs into the
mystery regarding her mother disappearance.
Plenty of drama, intrigue, tension, suspense and
thrills and chills.
You get to accompany Sloane on her quest due
to the author’s well written story.
The story intensifies from the beginning to the
end as dark secrets are revealed.
I volunteered to read Before We Were Strangers.
Thanks to the author for the opportunity. My opinion
is my own.

mj_toth ,

Intense second chance romance with a great mystery

Intense second chance romance with a great mystery. Sloane left her home and everyone she loved behind, building a successful career as a model. When a major part of that world dies, she realizes she needs to face the old demons she walked away from and returns home to find out what really happened to her mother when she was 5 years old. Being embraced by her old best friend Paige is unexpected. Paige married Micah, the man Sloane loved and left behind, but they are divorced. Seeing Micah again brings back all the old memories & feelings but Sloane works to keep her distance knowing she won’t stay. Micah is blown away when he sees Sloane again. He wants to hate her but can’t, that love never died, just laid dormant. Sloane’s task of solving her mother’s disappearance puts her in direct contention with her father and brother. This won’t be an easy road to unravel the mystery given that her father wields a lot of power in town. The complexity of the relationships adds another dimension to the mystery. I love that parts of the story are told from different characters letting us know each one’s true motivations. I got completely drawn into this story constantly wondering what really happened while wondering if love would really get a second chance.

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