Book Review, Contemporary

Book Review – What Happens Next

What Happens Next

by Christina Suzann Nelson

Popular podcaster and ex-reporter Faith Byrne has made a name for herself telling stories of greatness after tragedy–but her real life does not mirror the stories she tells. While her daughters spend the summer in Hawaii with her ex-husband and his new wife, she must manage life on her own. But all that changes when she’s asked to spotlight her childhood best friend’s missing person case on her podcast.

Dora Crane has never accepted that her younger daughter could be dead, keeping her home looking the same as when her daughter disappeared. But when her husband leaves her, and her older daughter intervenes, she agrees to counseling and to pack up her missing daughter’s belongings under one condition: Faith Byrne comes to Deep Valley and sheds light on the cold case.

As the investigation moves forward, the two women uncover desperate secrets, and Faith and Dora must face the long-hidden truth before they can begin to move forward.

Award-winning author Christina Suzann Nelson masterfully leads readers on a journey of discovery, healing, and friendship in this suspenseful and poignant tale.

My Thoughts

I found this story to be a page turner from beginning to end.
I could not stop reading.
Faith is going through a hard time in her life (her husband left her), when she learns unexpectedly that her best friend from her childhood days, Heather, has been missing for 36 years.
Brooke, Heather’s sister comes and asks Faith to consider helping them find out what happened, in hopes that it will finally give closure to their mom, who has not dealt well at all with losing her daughter.
Faith returns to the small town with so many memories from her summer of being 10. She stays in her grandma’s house, and tries to solve this long-gone-cold case, which feels oh-s0-new to her.
The story is written in multiple POV. First, we have Faith.
The others are Dora, and then also Heather, telling it from her own eyes.
This story deals with grief, and how to move on. It gives all the really hard things to deal with.

Dora shows us how very traumatic it would be to lose your daughter, and then not have closure. Never know what actually happened, or if she might still walk in the door.

The mystery kept me guessing. I had a few ideas of what might have been, but it was only a guess.
I found myself unable to put this book down, and kept reading…late…until the very end.

This is a book that is not the easiest to read, but is so good.
Facing hard things head on, moving forward, learning to grow because of them, these are only a few of the issues you will find in these pages.
I highly recommend this book.
Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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