The Missing Treasures of Amy Ashton

Gallery. Jun. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9781982163525. $28. F
DEBUT Amy Ashton was devastated when her boyfriend Tim and her best friend Chantel disappeared more than 10 years ago. She can’t believe they ran off together, but that appears to be what happened. Now she works a dull job and tries to cope by filling her house with objects like mugs and wine bottles, to the point that she makes narrow paths to move through the stacks. She won’t let anyone into her house and won’t let anyone in emotionally, either. She just wants to be alone with her collections because they won’t leave her. But her new neighbors, including two outgoing young boys, and new clues regarding the disappearance coax her to reconsider whom she can trust and if she can change. Debut author Ray tells Amy’s story in alternating past and present timelines, which makes for successful exposition and draws readers into the mystery.
VERDICT The novel unfortunately drifts into TV movie territory, but readers will root for Amy, who’s winningly drawn as a kind soul undeserving of heartbreak. For fans of sensitive, uplifting women’s fiction, with a little mystery.
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