Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.
This book is all over the place. The main story is Dahlia returning to her mother’s home in order to find answers about her childhood. She and her mother, Memphis, spent most of Dahlia’s childhood living and working in seedy hotels, on the run, but from what and why? It’s pretty easy to figure out why they were on the run, even if Dahlia can’t or won’t.
When Dahlia arrives home, she finds a woman left for dead in the woods. This adds some branches to the plot, but really none of them were intriguing enough to keep me interested. It’s slow-moving, and the author’s attempt to keep the truth hidden as long as she can convolutes the story. Plot twists are just manipulations to make everything fit. You know what’s coming, just not the specifics.
The characters are awful. Her mother is strange, and gets stranger as the book goes on. Dahlia is pretty dense as she can’t see what’s in front of her and why her mother never had “paperwork” to enroll her in school. Dahlia then spends 15 years in dead-end jobs that pay cash before asking her mother. Really, it took that long? The supporting characters are a bit exaggerated, such as the medicine woman in the woods with all sorts of crazy potions and cures, a “traveler” with a low IQ, the husband who blames the woman for his indiscretions, etc.
Pass on this one.