Title: Somewhere Out There
Author: Amy Hatvany
Publisher: Washington Square Press
What happens when two sisters who were torn apart when their young mother abandoned them—and grew up in tragically different circumstances—reunite thirty-five years later to find her? For readers who love Jodi Picoult, acclaimed author Amy Hatvany fearlessly explores complex family issues in her gripping, provocative new novel.
Natalie Clark knew never to ask her sensitive adoptive mother questions about her past. She doesn’t even know her birth mother’s name—only that the young woman signed parental rights over to the state when Natalie was a baby. Now Natalie’s own daughter must complete a family tree project for school, and Natalie is determined to unearth the truth about her roots.
Brooke Walker doesn’t have a family. At least, that’s what she tells herself after being separated from her mother and her little sister at age four. Having grown up in a state facility and countless foster homes, Brooke survives the only way she knows how, by relying on herself. So when she discovers she’s pregnant, Brooke faces a heart-wrenching decision: give up her baby or raise the child completely on her own. Scared and confused, she feels lost until a surprise encounter gives her hope for the future.
How do our early experiences—the subtle and the traumatic—define us as adults? How do we build relationships when we’ve been deprived of real connection? Critically acclaimed author Amy Hatvany considers controversial and complicated questions about childhood through the lens of her finely crafted characters in this astute novel about mending wounds by diving into the truth of what first tore us apart.
This is my first Amy Hatvany novel. I have heard her novels are usually very emotional and Somewhere Out There delivered it assuredly. I like how Hatvany uses the alternating three character perspectives, Jennifer, Brooke, and Natalie, to tell the story. I found easier to understand what each characters are going through emotionally. This way also shows they all have flaws but made us, the reader, still care for all three of them.
Throughout the entire book, I kept thinking what if Jennifer did not give up her custody of her children or Natalie’s adoptive parented adopt Brook too, what would happen to them . But then again she did not have much of a choice. This books reminds me of my own sister. Even though we are six years apart and live half of the world apart from each other since I was twelve, the bond between us is as strong.
Overall, I really enjoyed the novel. However, the ending left me hanging. I feel like there is more to the story.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Received a free copy from BookSparks in exchange for an honest review.