Author: Alexandra Burt
Release Date: July 7th, 2015
First I remember the darkness.
Then I remember the blood.
I don’t know where my daughter is.
Estelle Paradise wakes up in a hospital after being found near dead at the bottom of a ravine with a fragmented memory and a vague sense of loss. Then a terrifying reality sets in: her daughter is missing.
Days earlier, Estelle discovered her baby’s crib empty in their Brooklyn apartment. There was no sign of a break-in, but all traces of seven-month-old Mia had disappeared. Her diapers, her clothes, her bottles—all gone.
Frustrated and unable to explain her daughter’s disappearance, Estelle begins a desperate search. But when the lack of evidence casts doubt on her story, Estelle becomes the number one suspect in the eyes of the police and the media.
As hope of reuniting with Mia becomes all she has left, Estelle will do anything to find answers: What has she done to her baby? And what has someone else done to her?
After the publication (and success) of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, it seems that many books have tried and failed to hop on the psychological thriller bandwagon. This one, however, is not one of those unsuccessful attempts. Alexandra Burt drew me in with the complex inner monologue of her main character, Estelle. It is through Estelle that we take this frightening, strange, sad journey that left me guessing and in complete shock until the very end of the book. Much like Alice from Alice In Wonderland, there were moments where I felt like I had it all figured out until another small piece of the world became uncovered leaving everything I considered real behind.
As for the characters in Remember Mia, Burt fleshes them out in a way that caused me to become very involved with them. I began to view the case as if it were a real life event causing me to have genuine wishes for Mia’s safety and a variety of emotions toward, and a small fascination with, Estelle.
If you enjoy books that pull you in from the first page and keep you so fully engrossed that you find it difficult to put the book down and even will think about the characters even when you are engaged in everyday life, Remember Mia is a book that you should not miss. It was a truly exciting reading experience.