Review of Audiobook Gone Tonight by Sarah Pekkanen

Twisty-turny, sometimes unexpectedly!

Blurb: Catherine Sterling thinks she knows her mother. Ruth Sterling is quiet, hardworking, and lives for her daughter. All her life, it’s been just the two of them against the world. But now, Catherine is ready to spread her wings, move from home, and begin a new career. And Ruth Sterling will do anything to prevent that from happening.

Ruth Sterling thinks she knows her daughter. Catherine would never rebel, would never question anything about her mother’s past or background. But when Ruth’s desperate quest to keep her daughter by her side begins to reveal cracks in Ruth’s carefully-constructed world, both mother and daughter begin a dance of deception.

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Catherine Sterling thinks she knows her mother, Ruth, although there are gaps in her knowledge that she’s always trying to fill. But doubt begins to creep in when her mother’s behavior changes, when it seems she might have early onset Alzheimer’s, when things don’t add up. Ruth, on the other hand, is never sure if she knows her daughter, but she will always protect her, regardless of what happens.

I have to give it to Sarah Pekkanen who kept the curveballs coming much like a Major League Pitcher. Just as I became settled in one viewpoint, she shifted it until an entirely different scenario stared me in the face. And I loved it. I will say that it’s difficult to give much detail for the mere reason that your experience of the story would be altered. Suffice to say, that I really enjoyed the story and loved all the wrenches thrown into the works.

I was not as enamored with the narration by Kate Mara, however. The chapters were told in different POVs, but Mara never shifted her voice to distinguish between Catherine or Ruth. Indeed, the narration was quite bland–not horrible, but just meh. Unfortunately. This was one in which the narrator is really a narrator and doesn’t add much to the story other than reading it to you.

My rating of this book is based on the audiobook. The novel would get a half star more on its own.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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