After Anna was divided into two parts, one where Anna was missing and the second after she returned. I hate to say this but this was a perfunctory read. Everything proceeded as I expected it to, without much excitement or unexpected developments.
Anna disappeared when her mother, Julia was late picking her up. Naturally, the community bashed Julia and shamed her for working. That, to me, made me sympathize with Julia instantly. I think Julia was the reason I kept reading this. I liked her, and felt bad for that her life was in shambles. Since she was in the process of leaving her husband when Anna disappeared, Julia basically reacted to her missing child all alone. She didn’t even have a friend to talk to. She seemed like a devoted mother who was just deeply wounded by the disappearance of Anna.
The real fallacy of this novel was that there were only three main characters: Julia, her husband, and her mother-in-law. So, I was convinced that one of them had taken Anna. In that sense, it wasn’t really all that much of a mystery. Also, Julia relationships with both her husband and her mother-in-law were constantly at a heightened negative state. That added another element of stress to the novel.
This was an okay read, but cold have used a few subplots, additional characters and much more motivation for the villain.