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I really like the way this author writes She knows how to tell a story She creates very interesting characters, though not always likable This was my second book by this author and I enjoyed this one even than the first Three different perspectives that flip from past to present weave seamlessly to an explosive ending Cults are fascinating to me The fact that people can give up everything they know to follow someone who knows where is mind boggling It makes me wonder their mindset and the persona of the leader and how dynamic they must be This story does a good job of capturing how a person can be in a bit of a crisis, or feel stuck in a rut and then they are ripe for the picking I liked Meredith She was the backbone and the one I felt the most sympathy for Abbi is a child and understandably makes childish choices that have bad consequences As for Scott and Kate, I ll let you form your own opinions A quick entertaining read, look forward to the next one Thanks to NetGalley, the author and Thomas Mercer for a copy in exchange for a review. We wanted to see if what we had was powerful enough to make someone give up the love they had for something greater That quote sums up this book pretty well A mother gives up her family willingly or not read to find out and then escapes and returns 10 years later after her daughter has grown into a teenager and her husband has buried her and remarried.The book blurb hinted at a cult being involved in this story and I fucking love cult stories so I requested this A cult is involved and that s half of the story, but the cult wasn t clearly defined Maybe I just read too much and so I was underwhelmed by the culty bits because they followed a clear cult script and there wasn t anything new A reader not as familiar with cults may find this exciting.The toher half of the book that s not cult bits was family drama and that was interesting, but could have been so much better I wanted perspective from Meredith the new wife on her husband s first wife s return from the dead I saw the ending coming and shrug A good fluff book to read if you re on an airplane or commuting and need a little distraction, but don t want to think too much.2.5 stars. One Woman S Reappearance Throws Her Family Into Turmoil, Exposing Dark Secrets And The Hidden, Often Devastating Truth Of Family Relationships Kate Bennett Vanished From A Parking Lot Eleven Years Ago, Leaving Behind Her Husband And Young Daughter When She Shows Up At A Montana Gas Station, Clutching An Infant And Screaming For Help, Investigators Believe She May Have Been Abducted By A CultKate S Return Flips Her Family S World Upside Down Her Husband Is Remarried, And Her Daughter Barely Remembers Her Kate Herself Doesn T Look Or Act Like She Did BeforeWhile The Family Tries To Help Kate Reintegrate Into Society, They Discover Truths They Ve Been Hiding From Each Other About Their Own Relationships But They Aren T The Only Ones With Secrets As The Family Unravels What Happened To Kate, A Series Of Shocking Revelations Shows That Kate S Return Is Sinister Than Any Of Them Could Have Imagined I was excited to be approved on Netgalley for this book, because I read Lucinda Berry s previous release, The Perfect Child and really enjoyed it Admittedly, I was anxious about how When She Returned was gonna be, and sadly, I was left a bit disappointed.The things I loved about The Perfect Child were sadly not all in this one When She Returned feels a bit lacking in suspense Once you have an idea what s going on, that s pretty much it, there are no surprises And I just didn t have that mounting dread that I loved so much from her previous book With that said, I didn t feel like it was a chore to read this book, though The characters were interesting and convincing enough to carry me though.Which brings me to my next point I still like Lucinda Berry s writing style Even though I was a bit disappointed by the story, that s just it It s the story, and not the author that didn t gel with me I will continue to eagerly read Lucinda Berry s other books in the future I received an advanced copy from Netgalley, in exchange for a review. What a superb thriller I love how the narrative alternates between Kate, the abducted wife, and Meredith, Scott s new wife, as well as Abbi, Kate and Scott s daughter Such nuanced and believably developed characters are rarely found in commercial fiction, but I guess that s because not many are written by a trauma psychologist Tense, tight, believable and compassionate Brava A woman gone missing for 11 years returns to her family with a baby in tow, and the puzzle pieces of her life unfold in flashbacks all leading to the burning question What really happened to Kate Bennett As the reader, I really thought I figured it out It seemed pretty straightforward, especially as Kate recounts her story And, it s mesmerizing At the center is a charismatic leader who Kate befriends while writing an article on his organization To Kate s husband, Scott, her return is miraculous To Kate s daughter, Abbi, her return is an opportunity to reconnect with an almost mythical person To Scott s new wife, Meredith, Kate s return is uncomfortable and unsettling Kate herself appears fragile, scarred, and yet tenacious She has survived insurmountable odds, physical torture, and psychological manipulation This profile reveals a lot about the person she has become.Where this story really hits the high note is close to the end with a surprise twist that left me mouth agape Say what The author did a good job of lulling me into believing one thing and then, wham , mic drop Well done Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC of WhenSheReturned Review to come closer to publishing. Worth a read if you want a twisty mystery This book revolves around the return of a missing woman, Kate, 10 years after she originally goes missing It is told from the point of view of her daughter Abbi, the new wife of her then husband, Meredith, and Kate herself However, Kates point of view takes place in the past exposing the events that took place while she was missing and gradually moves forward in time until we reach the present day Both Abbi and Merediths POV are told in present day throughout.It s an interesting concept and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one Would recommend for someone looking for a holiday read or some general messed up family mystery.I did have some problems however Without giving spoilers, all I can say is we re not given a proper background on Kate s decisions throughout I didn t find the reasoning compelling enough for her to stay in the situation that she did We as the reader were only shown the bad events over the years, which makes you question why constantly I think to make this believable there should have been insights into the good stuff that would give reasoning to the motive of this main character.Also, the new wife Meredith is unbelievably calm and okay with the return of her husbands old wife which he constantly says he adored and pined for when he thought she was dead missing Wish that there d been tension written in from her characters POV cause, let s face it, the return of your husbands first wife that was presumed dead would be pretty life shattering occurrence.Thanks NetGalley for the ARC of this book. This book has a refreshing intense storyline you don t see everyday At first I didn t know if it was something I would like because it was out of the ordinary, but I really loved this book When I was half way through I could not put it down, I had to know the end and wonder what I would do in that situation The story is told out of the eyes of the missing female, the daughter and the new wife and it will hold you tight.This is a ARC from the publisher, which I got for a honest review. Kate and Scott had an enviable life once that is, until she vanished into thin air, leaving all of her belongings in the car and her loving family at home Over a decade later, after she s been declared dead and Scott has been remarried to a fellow widow Kate s found terrified, pleading for help with a seven month old infant in her arms Now everybody s life is turned upside down and the secrets begin unraveling When She Returned is a psychological thriller written by an actual psychologist, which is what ultimately drew me in Surely if anybody can write a psychological thriller, it s somebody who underwent years of schooling to understand the human mind and behaviour Right I have to admit I skimmed over the Then sections out of pure boredom They were jam packed with useless dialogue and seemed kind of filler ish As if Lucinda Berry had a word goal, and those chapters were dedicated to meeting it The cult itself was incredibly underdeveloped and underwhelming, and the ending was, too I saw that plot twist coming from a mile away.I absolutely adored Meredith and her sons, I suppose, though we don t see much of them She was incredibly patient and understanding, even with her husband doting on another woman, and even with everybody snapping at her all the time I guess I liked Abbi, too, since I could understand her excitement at finally meeting her mum and making memories with her once and for all But you know who I pretty much always disliked Scott Meredith really deserves better.Overall, and even if some parts are predictable or frustrating, I enjoyed this book If you re looking for a short thriller, try this one out Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for providing me with a copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.