Maybe Tess is overprotective, but passing her daughter off to her ex and his new young wife fills her with a sense of dread. It’s not that Jason is a bad father—it just hurts to see him enjoying married life with someone else. Still, she owes it to her daughter Poppy to make this arrangement work.
But Poppy returns from the weekend tired and withdrawn. And when she shows Tess a crayon drawing—an image so simple and violent that Tess can hardly make sense of it——Poppy can only explain with the words, “He did kill her.”
Something is horribly wrong. Tess is certain Poppy saw something—or something happened to her—that she’s too young to understand. Jason insists the weekend went off without a hitch. Doctors advise that Poppy may be reacting to her parents’ separation. And as the days go on, even Poppy’s disturbing memory seems to fade. But a mother knows her daughter, and Tess is determined to discover the truth. Her search will set off an explosive tempest of dark secrets and buried crimes—and more than one life may be at stake.
As I buried myself in the intricacies and suspense of The Unheard, I couldn’t stop turning the pages. Tess is struggling to understand what she sees in her daughter’s behavior, but in trying to sort through the clues, she keeps making missteps, and those around her, including the police, are annoyed with her and almost at the point of charging her with an offense.
But Tess knows there is something very wrong in her daughter’s world, so she will risk everything to find the proof of it. Perhaps she is looking at the wrong person, or in the wrong direction, but she knows she will uncover the truth.
What she has to do to finally sort it all out could put her in danger, but she can’t stop now! A book that will be one of my favorites this year. 5 stars.