Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Review for ONLY EVER HER by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing

It was to be the perfect wedding—until the bride disappeared.
Annie Taft’s wedding is four days away, and it will be one of the grandest anyone can remember in her small South Carolina town. Preparations are in order. Friends and family are gathering in anticipation. Everything is going according to plan. Except that Annie herself has vanished. Did she have second thoughts?
Or has something much worse happened to the bride-to-be?
As the days pass, the list of suspects in her disappearance grows. Could it be the recently released man a young Annie misidentified as her mother’s killer? Could it be someone even closer to her?
While her loved ones frantically try to track her down, they’re forced to grapple with their own secrets—secrets with the power to reframe entire relationships, leaving each to wonder how well they really knew Annie and how well they know themselves.

My Thoughts…
The story is one that’s been heard before.   A bride disappears before her wedding.   The difference is this bride has a history of disappearing for a few days at a time and always reappearing like no time had passed.   Everyone in this story is holding their breath hoping that this is was the case this time too.    As I kept reading I could tell that there was going to be more to this story than a bride with cold feet.   

I liked that there were many characters telling the story.   I found it easy to tell who was telling their tale and to see how life was affecting them.   Their thoughts on Annie’s disappearance, the way the police and the town was handling the investigation, and what they thought of Annie was not always the same for each person.    It was interesting to see how their points of view could be different for the same happenings. 

I am a fan of Marybeth Mayhew Whalen and was excited when I heard she had a new book coming out.   This isn’t my favorite but it is a great addition to my collection of books by authors I look forward to.   

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