Amazingly, I have managed to write a review! (I’m afraid to look back, and see how long since the last one–this has not been a good blogging/reading year for me so far)
I got an ARC for this novel a while back (like, over three months ago :wince:). When I realized that it’s the second in the Two Daughters duology, I stopped reading, and one-clicked the first title, Yesterday’s Gone.
After a lot of false starts with other books, and tons of re-reading, I finally grabbed In Hope’s Shadow a couple of days ago–and read it in one sitting.
Hoping that late is still better than never, here’s my review.
A caveat: I definitely recommend reading these two stories in order. A warning: there are references to child abuse, references to animal abuse, and an off-page murder. Reader, beware.
In Hope’s Shadow, by Janice Kay Johnson
The setup for the two novels is this: six year old Hope Lawson is kidnapped, snatched off the playground at school. A few years later, her parents, who have not given up on finding her alive, adopt a little girl her missing daughter’s age. A couple of decades after that, Hope miraculously, unexpectedly, turns up–alive, and willing to reconnect with her parents. And her adoptive sister, Eve.
Here’s the blurb, from amazon: