Stay With Me by Alison Gaylin (♦♦♦♦)
Brenna Spector discovers only too late that her teen daughter Maya has been keeping secrets from her. Apparently she has found a community of friends online and has gotten dangerously close to one, making all sorts of personal confessions.
When Maya is humiliated at a sleepover and runs away in tears, her new-found friend is more than ready to rescue her. But who is this woman and what is she hiding? With the clock ticking, Brenna will get to the truth of her daughter’s disappearance, but… will it be too late?
I realized not so long ago, that I’m into three series so far: the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva, the Sharpe & Donovan series by Carla Neggers, and the Brenna Spector series by Alison Gaylin. I also read the first installment in the trilogy of Josephine B. by Sandra Gulland, with the other two installments yet to follow, and I have a few other trilogies I want to get into.
Back to topic, Stay With Me is the third installment in the Brenna Spector series by Alison Gaylin, after And She Was, and Into the Dark. I thought that And She Was was just OK, but Gaylin upped the ante in the books that followed. In my opinion, Stay With Me is the best of the three, but I think the future of the series may be in jeopardy because of what happened in it.
If you have been following the series, well maybe not, but if you have read my reviews on the previous installments you probably know that Brenna’s sister Clea disappeared at the age of seventeen, never to be seen or heard of again. In Into the Dark, Brenna got some answers to her sister’s whereabouts a month after she left home, and she found her sister’s diary in someone else’s possession. In Stay With Me, Brenna gets closure; the past and the present collide in a violent and unexpected way, hence my thought about the future of the series.