A weekend beach trip sounds perfect for a group of women who enjoy discussing literature and sipping wine in the back of a fledgling bookstore. But as the departure date arrives, most have to back out due to family demands, work needs, and illnesses. Thirty-something mothers Emma, Jackie, and Kari still get to go and are viewed as “the lucky ones.”
Until they vanish.
The three drive off on Thursday, their luggage stocked with stylish outfits, swim wear, and sunscreen. When they don’t return on Sunday or respond to calls and texts the affected husbands, ex-husband, and friends know it’s out of character. They call the police, but no clues emerge for months.
The men and their children strive to cope with the necessities of a life thrown into ambiguity, while dealing with their own personal growth needs. Emma’s ex-husband Russ struggles to connect with his pot-smoking teenage son. Jackie’s husband Phil, a professor, is increasingly attracted to a female student. Kari’s husband Tom, a restaurant owner, finds solace in the bottle. And sales executive Ben, who tries to be the “rock” for his three friends and their children, has his own issues beneath his “I’ve got it all together” demeanor.
Months turn into years. Emma’s father, real estate magnate Mario Lazano, has questionable associates and an armed security detail. Two enemies have united against Mario, unbeknownst to him. Former son-in-law Russ puts increasing pressure upon Mario to solve what the detectives cannot, before the adults and children lose all hope of life ever returning to normal.
You’ll especially enjoy this book if you are one or more of the following:
- Someone who enjoys Romantic Thrillers or Literary Mysteries
- A book club member
- An avid reader
- A spouse
- A parent
Questions you’ll ponder while reading this book:
- What would you do if your spouse vanished without a trace?
- What would you tell your kids?
- How would you go to work?
- How would you embrace the future?
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