Monday, August 30, 2021

Where I Left Her by Amber Garza

When her teenage daughter goes to a sleepover and doesn’t come back… It’s a mother’s worst nightmare come true. Where I Left Her by Amber Garza.

From the author of When I Was You comes a spine-tingling new thriller about a mother’s worst nightmare come true, when her teenage daughter goes to a sleepover and doesn’t come back.

Whitney had some misgivings when she dropped her increasingly moody teenage daughter, Amelia, off at Lauren’s house. She’d never met the parents, and usually she’d go in, but Amelia clearly wasn’t going to let something so humiliating happen, so instead Whitney waved to her daughter before pulling away from the little house with the roses in front.

But when she goes back the next day, an elderly couple answers the door—Amelia and Lauren aren’t there, and this couple swears they never were, that she’s at the wrong house. As Whitney searches for Amelia, she uncovers a trail of lies her daughter has told her—from the Finsta account to rumors of a secret relationship. Does she really even know this girl she’s raised? And Amelia’s not the only one with secrets. Could Whitney’s own demons have something to do with her daughter’s disappearance, and can Whitney find her before it’s too late?


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Where I Left Her by Amber Garza

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
Psychological Thriller

Whitney is trying her best to raise her daughter, Amelia, through the rebellious teenage years. Whitney is a divorcee who is struggling with how to connect with her daughter and not be the pushy mom who is overbearing. But because Whitney has a past that includes behaviors she's starting to see in her own daughter, it makes Whitney want to hold on that much stronger to her little girl.

Amelia is a sixteen-year-old brat. In all honesty, I disliked her character right away. She's entitled, spoiled, whiny, and somewhat annoying. I felt sorry for Whitney's character at the beginning of the story because Amelia had no respect for her mom.

This is a story told on two different timelines. I found the format somewhat choppy and difficult to read, but I think that's just personal preference. You get to see Whitney's life in parallel with what's happening currently with her own daughter's life.

As the story unfolds, you'll wonder who is telling the truth. It's a twisty, turning road that you'll find yourself wandering. Whitney will have flashbacks to her past, Amelia will see a different path, and Lauren... well, Lauren will give you a whole different perspective.

Once you read the conclusion, you'll be left wondering how one lie can snowball into a lifetime of choices and lies. Is that really all it takes? At times, this book felt like it was dragging on. I understand needing the background, but it was a lot of back and forth. Overall, it was a good psychological thriller and even though I guessed the ending, it didn't detract from the story at all.

TRIGGER WARNING: While there are a few triggers in this book, I am only going to warn about one: PPD. It doesn't play a huge role in the majority of the story, but it is a theme throughout. I am only warning about this one because to warn about the others would be to spoil the surprise.



Author Bio

AMBER GARZA has had a passion for the written word since she was a child making books out of notebook paper and staples. Her hobbies include reading and singing. Coffee and wine are her drinks of choice (not necessarily in that order). She writes while blaring music, and talks about her characters like they're real people. She lives with her husband and two kids in Folsom, California, which is also home to another Amber Garza.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Where I Left Her by Amber Garza to read and review.

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