This fun to read suspense novel builds up three separate stories, then weaves them together. The first story is Alice, a single mother of three who lives in a quaint but rundown cottage at the beach. One day, she notices a man standing on the beach all alone. After he stays there without moving for the entire day, Alice goes to see if he needs help. The man has no memory of who he is, where he came from, or why he is there on the beach. Trying to be kind, Alice decides to let the man stay in the rentable shed behind her house while he takes a few days to try and remember who he is. The second story is about Gray and Kirsten and their family summer vacation to the beach in 1993. The easy going family is having a great time until they meet Mark, a young man who has taken a startlingly strong interest in Kirsten. He shows stalker-ish tendencies toward Kirsten and her family and seems to have ulterior motives. The third story is of Lily, a newly wed young woman whose new husband didn’t come home from work one day. She struggles to work with the police to find him. Without much enthusiasm from the police, Lily decides to take measures into her own hands and track him down.
The three stories begin to mesh about half-way through and continue to intertwine until all the secrets are revealed. I really enjoyed this suspenseful little novel. All of the characters are nicely developed. I liked each of the three separate stories and I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen and how all the characters were connected. There was a little predictability, but overall I thought this was a well planned out novel. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.