Saturday, 9 August 2014

Finding Emma and Emma's Secret by Steena Holmes

My Rating: 3/5

Finding Emma is about 3 year old Emma being taken from her family. Without giving away too much of the storyline, Finding Emma essentially follows  Emma's family as they deal with her loss. It is now 2 years since Emma had been taken. Her mother, Megan, won't give up hope, seeing Emma everywhere. Her dad, Peter, is trying to find peace by, what I personally perceive, as giving up. One sister is regretful, believing Emma's disappearance is her fault. The other is struggling to find attention.

The story also follows Emma (or Emmie) and the older couple she's been living with. Whilst guilty of taking her, you cannot help but feel for the older couple as their circumstances unravel. Regardless of the circumstances, they really do love her and have taken good care of her. The story ends with Emma being reunited with her family.

While I found myself immersed in this book, there were a few things that bugged me. The relationship between Megan and Peter baffled me somewhat. While I realise such circumstances could be straining on any relationship, the relationship between Megan and Peter was often conflicting and confusing. You cannot have hope of finding your daughter if you are trying to metaphorically bury her all the time and chastising your wife for having hope. Megan coincidentally gives up hope when things look to be the brightest. Other than those little things, the book was an ok read.

 Emma's Secret is the sequel to the story. Emma has been reunited with her family, but can she forget the family she's known for the last 2 years? Similar to the first book, I enjoyed the book albeit a few niggly bits in the storyline. Again, Megan and Peter's relationship was quite confusing.

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