Steena Holmes introduces the reader to a family in crisis from chapter one in Finding Emma. At times I had to force myself to breath while I continued to read. The story could represent any family, any-time, any- where. The author’s storytelling is spot-on for this particular, desperate family.
Emma, the youngest daughter, goes missing on her third birthday. It’s now two years later and Emma’s family is falling apart. Megan, Emma’s mother, is obsessed with finding her youngest daughter. Peter, Emma’s father, stays later and later at the office. The two older daughters believe their mother only cares about Emma. Peter demands that Megan stop looking for their daughter.
Peter might as well have asked Megan to stop breathing. How can a mother give-up searching for her child?
. . . Pg 4 [“Emma!” Megan ran outside calling her baby’s name. She stopped in the middle of the driveway and scanned the area. Nothing. She wasn’t chasing butterflies, pulling flowers out of the garden, or playing with dandelions. She wasn’t anywhere.
Megan screamed as loud as she could and tears started to stream down her face.
Emma was gone.] . . .
Chapter one sets up the story and the author moves the reader forward two years later with chapter two.
Megan’s every waking moment and even her nightmares involve finding her daughter. She knows Peter isn’t happy with what he now calls her obsession and her two oldest daughters believe they are just in the way.
Steena Holmes writes raw and compelling emotion. Every heartache is believable; every sound of silence in dialogue is precisely placed for maximum affect.
Laurie, Megan’s best friend, is the one person who supports her even when Laurie doesn’t agree with every decision Megan makes. Laurie is believable as a best friend and she helps balance Megan’s character.
In chapter six we meet five-year-old Emmie. She’s living in the country with her grandparents and has been told her mother is in heaven.
Jack and Dottie might have been perfect grandparents for Emmie, except they aren’t who they say they are.
Finding Emma is a read where every action, every thought, every emotion drew me forward and deeper into the story. I found myself worrying about the characters I liked so much. How will they survive the hurt and loss because—someone will be without a child when the story’s over
Finding Emma by Steena Holmes is an excellent read. I always enjoy a book that leaves me with solid subject matter to think about and perhaps explore further.