When Michael Frazier’s ex-wife, Erica, unexpectedly shows up on his doorstep, she drops a bombshell that threatens to rip his family apart: Her ten-year-old daughter is missing—and Michael is the father. Unsure whether this is the truth but unwilling to leave the girl’s fate to chance, Michael has no choice but to follow the elusive trail of the child he has always wanted but never knew he had.
Over the course of one night, lies that span a decade come bubbling to the surface, putting Michael, his wife, and his whole family in jeopardy. And as the window for a little girl’s safe return closes, Michael will have to decide who can be trusted and who is hiding the truth....
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Questions for Discussion
1.Michael has had no contact with his ex-wife, Erica, since they divorced a decade earlier. Are you surprised they haven’t been in touch? Do you think it is unusual for people to have a “starter marriage” like this one?
2.Erica chose not to tell Michael about Felicity because she wanted to prove she could raise a child on her own and be mature and responsible. Do you understand her reasoning? Or do you think she should have told Michael, since he was likely the child’s father?
3.Angela, suspicious of Erica when she shows up out of the blue, tries to talk Michael out of going with Erica. Would you have objected to Michael’s going with his ex-wife if you were Angela? Do you understand why Michael wants to go with Erica to look for Felicity? How much do you think this might be related, even subconsciously, to Michael’s feelings about his deceased sister?
4.Angela learns that Gail has been in contact with Erica. She has even met with her and met Felicity. Do you understand why Gail wanted to see Erica in person and learn more about Felicity? Do you blame her for cutting Erica off? Was she right not to tell Michael or Angela?
5.Detective Griffin becomes emotionally involved in Felicity’s case, going as far as to overstep her bounds as a police officer. Do you understand why she cares so much? Do you blame her for anything she does?
6.Angela and Jake Little join forces to try to track down Michael and Erica. Do you understand why they form this unlikely partnership? Do they share the feeling of being somewhat jealous of and concerned about Michael and Erica’s relationship?
7.Michael and Angela are struggling to have a child of their own. Do you think that makes Michael’s desire to find Felicity more powerful? What would it be like for Angela to have to adapt to Michael’s having had a child with another woman?
8.We learn early in the book that Michael’s sister died in an accident. How do you see Robyn’s death affecting Michael’s family nearly two decades later?
9.Lynn’s initial goal is to learn who Felicity’s father really is. Do you understand why Lynn has an intense desire to prove Felicity’s paternity?
10.Erica admits that at times she feels overwhelmed by the pressures of being a single mother. Is it understandable that sometimes she wanted to leave her responsibilities to Felicity behind? Do you think all single parents feel this way at some point?
11.We learn that Robyn’s death wasn’t exactly the accident the family thinks it was. How much do you blame Lynn for what happened that day on the swing? Do you blame Michael for not keeping a better eye on his sisters? Do you blame Michael’s parents—especially his father—for favoring Robyn and making the other children jealous?
12.With all that they’ve learned, what challenges do Michael and Angela face at the end of the book?