Arnold pens a dramatic story about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. Her characters are our neighbors and friends, just trying to get through life the best way they know how. Readers who like words that paint a picture will enjoy this story, as the images leap from the pages. Once you start, you will not want to put this book down.

Lainey and Sydney were best friends until a falling-out in high school. When they meet 20 years later, Sydney tells Lainey that she and her infant daughter are the victims of abuse. Lainey offers to watch the baby for a few hours while Sydney works things out with her husband. Later that night Sydney and her husband are on the news claiming their infant daughter has been kidnapped. When a frantic Sydney calls, Lainey takes off with the child to protect her. (BANTAM, Apr., 384 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
Cheryl Hanson