Where Are the Children Now?

S. & S. (Where Are the Children, Bk. 2). Apr. 2023. 288p. ISBN 9781982189419. $27.99. SUSPENSE
Hidden behind the isolated beaches of Cape Cod and the sandy dunes of Southampton lurks a dark story of twisted jealousy and terrifying revenge. Someone is stalking Melissa Eldredge. Forty years before, in Clark’s original ground-breaking psychological suspense novel Where Are the Children?, the plot detailed a psychopath who kidnapped five-year-old Melissa and her brother Mike. In this sequel, Melissa is now an adult and a successful attorney who advocates for criminal justice reform through her wildly popular podcast, The Justice Club. Melissa has tried to forget her long-ago abduction and live by the mantra “happiness is a choice,” but it’s not working. At least she has her new husband Charlie and his adorable, almost three-year-old daughter Riley. But when Riley goes missing under Melissa’s watch, law enforcement suspects that she’s involved, as the coincidences that mimic her kidnapping from decades before are too great to ignore. As the family struggles to find Riley and prove Melissa innocent, they discover that things are not what they seem.
VERDICT This tantalizing follow-up to Clark’s 1975 winner seamlessly continues with her style and voice, including Easter eggs from the original. Burke captivates readers with compelling twists and multiple bombshells in a reverent bow to the Queen of Suspense.
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