For fans of Jodi Picoult and Anna Quindlen, comes an “astonishingly profound…exquisitely written drama” (Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You) about a husband and a wife, a missing child, and the complicated family secrets that can derail even the best of marriages.
It’s been a busy—and expensive—few years for Matt and Elise Sorenson and their young daughter Gracie, whom they affectionately call Little Green. Matt, a Manhattan lawyer, has just been offered a partnership, and Elise’s equestrian ambitions as a competitive dressage rider may finally vault her into the Olympics. But her long absences from home and endless hours of training have strained their relationships nearly to the breaking point.
Now they’re up in the Adirondacks, preparing to sell the valuable lakefront cabin that’s been in Matt’s family for generations. Both he and Elise agree it’s time to let it go. But as they navigate the memories the cabin holds—and come face to face with Matt’s teenage crush, now an unnervingly attractive single mother living right next door—Gracie disappears without a trace.
Faced with the possibility that they’ll never see their daughter again, Elise and Matt struggle to come to terms with what their future may bring. The fate of the family property, the history of this not-so-tiny town, and the limits of Matt and Elise’s love for each other are inextricably bound up with Gracie’s disappearance. Everything for the Sorenson family is about to change—the messy tangle of their past, the harrowing truth of their present, and whether or not their love will survive a parent’s worst nightmare.
Nuanced characters and high-stakes drama drive the plot in Cohen's latest (after The Search Angel). Elise is a renowned dressage rider whose accident on horseback while pregnant caused their now eight-year-old daughter, Gracie, to be born with mild cerebral palsy, creating an emotional distance between Elise and her husband, Matt. Faced with the mounting expenses from Elise's riding career and Gracie's education, the couple decides to sell the acreage Matt inherited from his grandfather on Lake Placid. While at the lakefront cabin, Matt encounters a longtime crush from his past, who creates an even larger emotional rift between him and his wife. When Gracie is abducted while waiting for the bus, Elise and Matt face a potential breaking point. During Matt's quest to find his daughter, he discovers that the supposedly idyllic town where he grew up harbors some dark secrets. Simultaneously, Elise struggles with guilt over Gracie's abduction and the lack of support from an increasingly distant husband. Readers will keep turning pages to find out if Gracie is returned home safely. Although abrupt timeline jumps and overly prosaic dialogue sometimes muddle the narrative, Cohen's depiction of complex characters who constantly challenge the reader's expectations make this a worthwhile outing. \n