One night teenage sisters Cass and Emma leave their affluent suburban home and don’t come back. Some think they went to the beach and drowned, as Emma’s car was found abandoned there.

Three years pass. Suddenly Cass shows up at her home where her mother and stepfather live with just the clothes on her back.

But no sign of her older sister Emma.

Cass (Cassandra) tells her family and the FBI that she and her sister were kidnapped. She says they were taken to a mysterious island where they were held until Cass managed to escape.

But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up.

Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.


My Review:

Cass was not a particularly likeable protagonist. I got the feeling right away that she was not telling the truth about what happened to her. And the story about her sister didn’t really ring true either.

It is apparent right away that Cass has a deep seated hatred of her mother. Yet part of her still wants her mother’s approval. Complex feelings that children don’t understand.

This was a good read. But the ending didn’t seem plausible to me.


About The Author:

Wendy Walker

Wendy earned her J. D., magna cum laude, at the Georgetown University Law Center where she was awarded  the American Jurisprudence award for her performance in Contracts and Advanced Criminal Procedure.  She received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Brown University and attended The London School of Economics and Political Science as part of her undergraduate studies.

Prior to her legal career, Wendy was a financial analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co., in the mergers and acquisitions group. She has also volunteered at the ACLU, Connecticut Legal Services and Figure Skating in Harlem where she served on the Board of Directors for over twelve years.

Wendy is currently writing her third thriller while managing a busy household.

Disclosure: I was given this book free for my honest review.


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  1. Brenda,
    I just finished “Just Us”,the 4 ladies,the leader is married to the doctor…Refreshing your mind ?
    I liked it a lot but pretty much figured out the end….I got it on Audible, figured out HOW to make a good book last,fall asleep and I have to keep going back to the last part I remember, L.O.L.

  2. Glad you were up front regarding the ending. I’ve tried to get interested in suspense novels and have said I get impatient with them. I’ve blamed it on myself, but I do get irritated when the story line or ending just doesn’t seem plausible. Thanks!

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