I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Amy Hatvany could publish her grocery list and I’d read it. She has this ability to hook a reader from the first page without her book being a thriller and make you feel every emotion.
Somewhere Out There starts off with a glimpse of Jennifer, a young mom to two girls, living out of her car and trying to get them taken care of and fed. Not being careful enough, she is caught shoplifting and even after an explanation, the store doesn’t want to cut her any slack. Her social worker suggests that giving up her girls will be the best thing she can do for them moving forward.
Fast forward 30 years where we meet mother and caterer Natalie and cocktail waitress Brooke, the two girls Jennifer gave up. The reader is introduced to their current lives and how each grew up in very different circumstances. The book flashes back to what happened to Jennifer once she was arrested for shoplifting and, subsequently, what happened in the past as the girls grew up and how that shaped them in the present.
I love how everything Hatvany does is so realistic. She doesn’t have Natalie living a picture perfect life with a lawyer husband and two kids. She struggles between work and motherhood and even has spats with her husband, just like real life. What may look more perfect on the outside is anything but.
As I read this, I kept going back to the fact that I couldn’t put this book down starting on page 2. It’s rare that a women’s fiction story hooks me so quickly.
This is one you’ll want to discuss with all your friends and will make you want to complete your Amy Hatvany library. As usual, I cannot wait for another new release from her.
Thanks to BookSparks as part of their #mywinterisbooked campaign for the copy in exchange for an honest review.