Something happened to her mother that night. Something no one wants to talk about. But she’s determined to uncover her family’s dark secrets, even if they bury her.
Five-year-old Sloane McBride couldn’t sleep that night. Her parents were arguing again, their harsh words heating the cool autumn air. And then there was that other sound–the ominous thump before all went quiet.
In the morning, her mother was gone. The official story was that she left. Her loving, devoted mother! That hadn’t sat any better at the time than it did when Sloane moved out at eighteen, anxious to leave her small Texas hometown in search of anywhere else. But not even a fresh start working as a model in New York could keep the nightmares at bay. Or her fears that the domineering father she grew up with wasn’t just difficult–he was deadly.
Now another traumatic loss forces Sloane to realize she owes it to her mother to find out the truth, even if it means returning to a small town full of secrets and lies, a jilted ex-boyfriend and a father and brother who’d rather see her silenced. But as Sloane starts digging into the past, the question isn’t whether she can uncover what really happened that night…it’s what will remain of her family if she does?
Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak is a wonderful read. It’s full of emotions running sky high. Immediately, I was drawn into the main character. Her thoughts and fears felt like my own. Sloane’s pain became my own the moment I met her. Sloane was viewed from the beginning as nobody to her family and those in New York. But running from her demons and losing her only friend, leaves her facing them head on. There was a streak of determination and strength flowing from this woman. I could not turn the pages fast enough. The entire novel was like this. Character driven…plenty of action and just enough insight to make it feel real. Overall, I enjoyed reading this contemporary piece if fiction. I recommend it to women everywhere. Before We Were Strangers is a very deep yet dark tale.