This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. I finished it in one day. I completely felt for Allie from the start of the story. A woman who has spent a decade in prison for a crime she says she didn't commit. Who is released only to find that life on the outside is now extremely difficult, relationships are strained, and her daughter doesn't want to have anything to do with her. She is desperately trying to get her life back but also can't put the past behind her and is determined to clear her name. She is a strong woman in the story but also lonely and vulnerable at times. Once I finished, I felt like I had a little bit more of an understanding of what it must be like to try to get your life back after such a long time gone.
Certain characters are out to get Allie as soon as she returns home and it's easy to see who is trying to hide something right from the start. Not so easy however, to figure out what really happened until the solution is handed to you in the last few chapters of the book. Let's just say that the true nature of certain characters is slowly revealed as the suspense builds. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire last third of the book and found myself talking to the characters at pertinent moments until it ultimately came to a head. I was completely satisfied with the way the author decided to conclude the story and felt really good when I finally closed it at the end.
The book was well paced and hard to put down, even for a few minutes. A great mystery and I rooted for Allie throughout the entire story.