Library Journal Review
Everything falls into place when Trent Grant proposes to Brooke Hayes. But the hole in her heart over not having a mother to share things with just won't mend. On the day of her father's funeral, though, she learns from her grandmother that her mother, Sarah, is very much alive. Brooke begins a journey to find the mama she thought was dead and retrieve a little piece of the self she feels is missing. What she discovers breaks Brooke's heart. She learns that not only does she have new siblings but that Sarah had created another life without her firstborn. Brooke wants answers, and she is determined to get them no matter who gets hurt in the process. The price Brooke pays may be the steepest of all, for revenge is a dish best served cold. Intricate family ties and rash decisions make Brooke one girl you have to follow until the end of her tale. Verdict NAACP Image Award winner and best-selling author Billingsley (Let the Church Say Amen) has written another engrossing page-turner about a complicated mother-daughter relationship that readers will enjoy into the wee hours.-Jane Blue, Andrews P.L., NC © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Popular author Billingsley writes both romance (The Perfect Mistress, 2016) and family-oriented fiction (The Secret She Kept, 2012); this falls into the latter category. Brooke Hayes' mother, Sarah, died when she was seven. Now, 20 years later, Brooke still doesn't feel as if she'll ever recover from that loss. But when her father dies, her surviving family members deliver some shocking news: Sarah was not killed by a drunk driver as Brooke's father had claimed; instead, she abandoned her husband and daughter to start a new life. The revelation upends Brooke's picture-perfect life, and soon she's putting her engagement and her career on hold to relocate to Atlanta, where her mother now lives with her new husband and their children. As Brooke struggles with whether to confront her mother, she becomes involved with Sarah's husband, Anthony, and college-aged son, Alex, and decides to use them to seek revenge. Suspenseful and a bit melodramatic, Billingsley's novel will keep readers guessing until the last page.--Harmon, Lindsay Copyright 2018 Booklist