Review: Evidence of Life
Author: Barbara Taylor Sissel
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Published: March 26, 2013
Paperback arc, 320 pages
On the last ordinary day of her life, Abby Bennett feels like the luckiest woman alive. But everyone knows that luck doesn't last forever. As her husband, Nick, and daughter, Lindsey, embark on a weekend camping trip to the Texas Hill Country, Abby looks forward to having some quiet time to herself. She braids Lindsey's hair, reminds Nick to drive safely and kisses them both goodbye. For a brief moment, Abby thinks she has it all—a perfect marriage, a perfect life—until a devastating storm rips through the region, and her family vanishes without a trace.
When Nick and Lindsey are presumed dead, lost in the raging waters, Abby refuses to give up hope. Consumed by grief and clinging to her belief that her family is still alive, she sets out to find them. But as disturbing clues begin to surface, Abby realizes that the truth may be far more sinister than she imagined. Soon she finds herself caught in a current of lies that threaten to unhinge her and challenge everything she once believed about her marriage and family.
Evidence of Life by Barbara Taylor Sissel is a thought-provoking story about a woman who is faced with probably one of the most agonizing events a person can face. The story focuses on Abbey, a wife and a mother of two. Her husband and daughter leave for a weekend camping trip. Abbey's world gets turned upside down when the two go missing. No trace is left behind. Abbey has to face her worst fears, but she still holds out hope that they may still be found alive. Desperate for clues to their whereabouts, Abbey turns up information that her husband might not have been the man she though him to be.
I immediately felt sympathetic toward Abbey. Losing someone you love is tragic enough, but not knowing what has happened to them, whether they are alive or dead, would drive anyone mad. And that's where Abbey is. She has the support of her friends and family around her, but they want her to grieve and move on. She also has doubts as to their motives. Abbey goes through a range of emotions throughout this book. I thought the author did a good job conveying the varied emotions someone might go through in this case.
The overall story was good. Sissel tackled many aspects of relationships, and how an event like this can affect them. Abbey's relationship with her son, mother, and bff really get raked over the coals. Abbey isn't a flawless character. She has many obstacles to overcome. I do love her perseverance and unwillingness to accept anything until she knows the truth. Reading a story like this makes you think about what's important to you, and how easily it can vanish.