“A wife/mother's worse nightmare ....
“Once I got into this book, I couldn't put it down, then I got to the end, which I found very unsatisfying.”bookaholic wrote this review Wednesday, June 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“Abby kisses her husband, Nick and daughter, Lindsey goodbye. They are going on a father/daughter camping trip. Abby did not know that this would be the last time she would see her husband and daughter again.
Abby does not believe what the cops are saying about Nick. They are saying that he planned to run away with their daughter and loads of money. Abby decides to investigate herself and find the truth. How will Abby handle the truth when she learns it?
This book is full of emotions. I can not imagine being in Abby’s shoes. I would go insane with grief and just plain insane if my husband and daughter went missing. Nonetheless I could not fully relate to Abby. I felt that Nick was not that great of a husband and so the strong need to find him I just could not figure out the reason why. I could understand Abby wanting to find her daughter, Lindsey but again not Nick.
In addition, I found that Abby got on my nerves after a while. She was weak. She kept going all over the place with out any plans. It was no wonder that people thought she was going crazy and hearing things she wanted to hear. Like the white noise from the telephone being a sign that her daughter was alive. The ending seemed like there was suppose to be a happy ending. Overall I did find this book to be an enjoyable one. It did have my attention.
“Came close to giving this two stars. The intrigue kept me reading...I wanted to know what happened. But I found Abby infuriating. She ignored obvious signs of someone entering her house. Kept running from place to place. Wouldn't a woman stay home if she believed her family might still be alive? They might come home! She had a rather distant relationship with her son. And why did people think they had to keep things from her? She didn't seem all that fragile. I didn't find Hank believable. And the end...a little too sappy.
“This wasn't the best choice of reading material while experiencing the death of a childhood friend. The issue in the book hit way to close to home at times, and I really struggled in the beginning.
With that said, once I put my own issues and feelings aside and immersed myself in the story, it picked right up. It went from sadness to mystery. That I could definitely handle.
While I didn't love the story, mainly with the sensitivity of my own life taking a role, I did enjoy the mystery. I'm sure plenty of people with no immediate connections to the issues will enjoy it even more.”
“A wife/mother's worse nightmare ....
When Abby Bennett's husband Nick and fifteen year old daughter Lindsey go on a weekend camping trip to the Texas Hill Country, a devastating flash flood storm occurs, they are missing and presumed drowned but their bodies are not recovered. Devastated and unable to process the loss of her family, Abby refuses to believe they are dead and is obsessively determined to search for them. But when the investigation uncovers unexpected and disturbing information, what Abby discovers about Nick and Lindsey's disappearance will leave her questioning everything about her marriage, family and friends.
Evidence Of Life is an intriguing novel full of mystery, questions and unexpected twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing. Author Barbara Taylor Sissel weaves a compelling and thought provoking tale set in Texas and written in the third person narrative. The reader follows Abby Bennett's quest as she tries to discover the truth about her husband Nick and daughter Lindsey’s disappearance during a massive flash flood.
The author provides the reader with an intricate mystery, leaving clues throughout the story while alternating between Abby's quest, her mindset, and flashbacks to earlier times in her life and marriage, which keeps the reader engaged and turning the pages.
With a realistic cast of characters who have flaws and imperfections; a richly descriptive storyline and setting full of mystery and suspense that engages the reader's imagination; and a psychological and realistic look into the complicated dynamics of relationships; Evidence Of Life is a heart wrenching and riveting thriller!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
“Barbara Taylor Sissel does it again. She pulled me in right from the start with this story.
Abby Bennett is faced with the worst fears...the tragic loss of her husband and daughter. As she discovers inconsistencies and unanswered questions, she cannot process grief because she isn't sure of death. Some unexpected events keep this story fresh and give you some surprises. All is not what it seems, sometimes.
The characters are well written. The story takes place in Texas, the descriptions of the terrain makes me want to visit soon!
I'm so happy to have stumbled upon this great author because I've now read all her books. If Evidence of Life is your first exposure to this author, you should definitely check out her other books as well. ”