When you’re lost sometimes the only way to look forward is to look back…
Three women. Two generations apart. One secret they share.
Maine, 1997. As the people of Fort Meadow Beach celebrate the Fourth of July, four-year- old Daisy Wright disappears and is never seen again.
Maine, 2022. Fired from her job and heart-broken, Peyton Winchester moves back home for the summer. Bored and aimless, she finds a renewed sense of purpose when going through her old diaries she is reminded of her dream of becoming a journalist. Returning to life in her home town brings back all kind of memories – including Daisy’s disappearance when she was a young girl herself.
As Peyton begins to search for answers about Daisy’s disappearance, she finds that they might be closer to home than she thinks – and their lives become intertwined with irreversible consequences.
Marina McCarron was born in eastern Canada and studied in Ottawa and Vancouver before moving to England. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Publishing degree. She has worked as a reporter, a freelance writer, a columnist and a manuscript evaluator. She loves reading and travelling and has been to six of the seven continents. She gets her ideas
for stories from strolling through new places and daydreaming. Her debut novel, The Time Between Us, came to her as she stood at Pointe du Hoc on a windy June day and asked the magical question, what if…?
My thoughts: I really enjoyed this, supposedly Peyton is looking into the disappearance of little Daisy but really the mystery she’s most interested in is that of her mother, Lydia. Cold and remote, critical and clearly unhappy, she’s someone whose entire past is an intentional blank. When Peyton finds an old Christmas card, it starts her off trying to find out what happened to make her mother the way she is.
Intertwined with Peyton’s complicated summer of rediscovery is the story of Eualla, a young girl in rural Tennessee decades before, who she is and her life is a bit of a mystery to the reader but it does all make sense.
A clever, moving, complex story of mothers and daughters, of generational trauma and love.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.