Finding Melissa

The novel Finding Melissa by Cora Taylor is about a family torn apart when a small child is kidnapped. There are three perspectives in the story. It focuses mainly on the sisters living completely separate lives but there are the occasional chapters about the kidnapper who changed their lives.

The plot is predictable. I anticipated the moves of the antagonist and the young women. There are connections between two police cases that seem stretched and unrealistic.

What made the book worthwhile was the relationships. Leesa’s connection with the kids she babysits and Aunt Rosie are the best parts of the novel. The plights of the sister who remained have been explored in many other stories but it still evoked sympathy. She has survival’s guilt and neglectful parents, as is often the case when a family is devastated by the loss of a child.

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