Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The Empty Nest - by Sue Watson

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Release Date: 11/01/19

So many feels! 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐! I was literally tearing up towards the end, on the verge of calling my own mom. I did not see that ending coming! What a twist, and trust me, this story was full of them!

As a mother, this book spoke to me on so many levels! Sue Watson, the author of The Empty Nest, put it best quite nicely in her ending letter to the reader, "Just like that first day at school, the sense of loss and the shock at how quickly our children grow and leave us hit me hard." Luckily my children are still young, but I can only imagine how I'll feel when it's my turn to experience an empty nest.

Kat's daughter is missing, but no one is taking her concerns seriously. Everyone has her pegged as the obsessive, overly protective mother who just won't stop. She'll turn up, she's probably just hungover or got caught up in university life and forgot to mention her change of plans. Maybe. Kat knows better though, she's Amy's mother. A mother knows. Besides, Amy would never go this long without some type of communication because Kat and Amy are more than a typical mother and daughter, they are best friends. Right?

Everyone has a secret in The Empty Nest. What worked quite well was how these secrets and lies were revealed throughout the story, little by little. That gradual release of information makes the final twist that much more enjoyable. Character-wise, while some would find Kat's mothering a little too much, a little extra.. I found it to be just right. Maybe because I'm a little overprotective myself. I wasn't too fond of the husband or the best friend though, their characters were written well enough for this story, I just felt for Kat.. she craved so much for that support system, but it never really felt like she had it. No matter how much she wanted to believe otherwise.

If you're sitting there trying to figure out if The Empty Nest should be your next read, stop. No need to look any further because Sue Watson is giving you everything you need right here. The feels are real, the feels are raw and on point. This five-star rating of a story was delivered, just as advertised... "an unputdownably gripping psychological thriller."

Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and the author Sue Watson for providing me with an advanced reader copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

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