Ellen Gleeson is a busy single mom and newspaper reporter, and despite the fact that layoffs at the newspaper loom on the horizon, ratcheting up the stress another notch, she believes that her life is just about perfect.
Rushing home from work one day and eager to face domesticity, she is blindsided by a picture on a small white card - one of those "missing children" advertisements. At first glance, she is sure that the poor lighting of her porch is the explanation. But upon closer inspection, as her blood chills, she confirms that the child in the photo is an identical match to her own adopted three-year-old son Will.
A beloved child she met while doing a story - at the time, he was recuperating in a hospital following heart surgery - and in the weeks that it takes to complete her assignment, she has fallen in love with the child. Everything seemingly lines up neatly in the process of adopting this supposedly abandoned child.
Now, with her world crashing around her on all fronts - her work life and home life are up for grabs - Ellen scrambles to find out the truth...while juggling all aspects of her life, as if she still has everything under control.
As the suspense mounts, we follow Ellen as she attempts to backtrack on the adoption process; with one trail after another leading to "dead" ends, she begins to doubt her own sanity - and then wonders about her safety.
I especially enjoyed one technique the author used - presenting increasingly short chapters as the suspense elevated - until I found myself flipping pages even faster. At the end of each short, suspenseful chapter, she left the reader on a cliff, eager to push ahead.
A thrill ride that kept me up at night, "Look Again" is a delightful tale with poignancy, mystery, and even that "love stuff," as Ellen begins to fall hard for an unexpected man in her life.
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