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evidence-of-life-225Reviewed by Krystal Larson

Have you ever had one of those days when you felt as if that day was one of the happiest of your life…and then it all went down the drain? Imagine the pain, sadness, and embarrassment that you would feel and you’ll know what it’s like to be in Abby’s shoes.

Abby has gone from “on top of the world” to “down in the dumps.” She was on a simple vacation with her husband and daughter when a storm ripped through the area; her husband and daughter disappeared. Naturally, everyone presumes that her family has died, but Abby holds out hope that she might be reunited with them despite the odds. As Abby searches for clues about her family’s disappearance, she discovers that she didn’t know her husband as well as she thought she did and that their married life was somewhat of a mirage. She finds a few stand-out facts and items that lead her down a path she never thought she would take. Can Abby face the truth? What *is* the truth?

Evidence of Life examines how well married couples know each other and their relationship with each other. The reader will get a chance to delve deep into Abby’s memories, hopes, and fears. Her character is integral to the understanding of the novel itself and the main point of view presented to the reader. Her determination to find her family is admirable; she truly loves her daughter and, despite the odds, her husband. The reader will be rooting for Abby like I did when I was turning the pages. The other characters all have a specific part in the novel that is difficult to guess at. Lindsey, Abby’s daughter, is the typical American girl; how does she factor into the mystery? What sort of secrets was Nick, Abby’s supposedly devoted husband, keeping? The characters vary from supporting characters to those that provide the reader with little extra tidbits of information.

The plot itself isn’t the most original in the world, but author Barbara Taylor Sissel managed to capture and hold the my attention through vivid twists and turns. Sissel describes the setting and characters very well – to the point where I could actually picture them in my head. I did enjoy the mystery aspect of the book the most, as well as the secrets that a marriage hides. This book brought up questions that I normally wouldn’t have thought of and left me with questions even after the last page. Evidence of Life is recommended to adult readers.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Krystal is a young college student who loves meeting new authors and finding great books! Her favorite place to read is the Botanic Gardens.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Meryl L. Moss Media Relations. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.