By: Jan Gangsei
Available January 2016
Eight years ago, Addie Webster was the victim of the most notorious kidnapping case of the decade. Addie vanished—and her high-profile parents were forced to move on.
Mark Webster is now president of the United States, fighting to keep the oval office after a tumultuous first term. Then, the unthinkable happens: the president’s daughter resurfaces. Addie is brought back into her family’s fold, but who is this sixteen-year-old girl with a quiet, burning intelligence now living in the White House? There are those in the president’s political circle who find her timely return suspicious.
When the NSA approaches Darrow Fergusson, Addie’s childhood best friend and the son of the president’s chief of staff, he doesn’t know what to think. How could this slip of a girl be a threat to national security? But at the risk of having his own secrets exposed by the powerful government agency, Darrow agrees to spy on Addie.
It soon becomes apparent that Addie is much more than the traumatized victim of a sick political fringe group. Addie has come with a mission. Will she choose to complete it? And what will happen if she does?
Addie suddenly reappears after 8 years. This is an amazing occurrence for any family but even more striking when the missing child’s father has become president during her disappearance. It also raises red flags about how she suddenly appeared instead of being rescued. In this book we get to see the way being a captive can warp your mind and the way it can change families.
Addie was always smart and loyal, but when her loyalties are warped we see how she struggles with her memories and what she’s been taught to believe. I liked her and couldn’t believe what she was doing. But as we saw pieces of her life after being kidnapped it became easier to understand.
Darrow was amazing of course. He was the best friend who was committed to finding his friend and to helping her transition back into her life. When things don’t add up he wants nothing more than to find a way to help Addie find her way back to the right path. He doesn’t turn his back on her but can’t trust her either.
We didn’t get to know her family very well, but that makes sense based on the things she believed. I would have loved to have learned more about her family, especially her father. There was a scene when everything became clear to her that made me wish we knew more since he showed with his actions that he loved her no matter what she believed.
I really enjoyed this book, even though I didn’t like all of the questions we were left with at the end. There was specific message at the end that had me wanting to know more. Even with that the book was great. If you want to read a book that explores how a child can be slowly brainwashed to believe her family is the enemy and her enemy is her family and how she deals with it when placed back in the thick of it then you’ll want to read this one.