When She Returned by Lucinda Berry

When She Returned

One woman's reappearance throws her family into turmoil, exposing dark secrets and the hidden, often devastating truth of family relationships.Kate Bennett vanished from a parking lot eleven years ago, leaving behind her husband and young daughter. When she shows up at a Montana gas station, clutching an infant and screaming for help, investigators believe she may have been abducted by a cult.Kate's return flips her family's world upside down--he...

Details When She Returned

TitleWhen She Returned
Release DateOct 15th, 2019
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Audiobook, Psychological Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Adult, Crime, Adult Fiction

Reviews When She Returned

  • Linda
    Things have come undone.....Lucinda Berry presents a storyline that has the feel of shifting sand under your feet. Can't quite get the balance of it all. Can't quite get a handle on those ships that set sail in these choppy waters.Kate Bennett is a stay-at-home mother of five year old Abbi in Northern California. The "stay-at-home" portion seems to be driven by her husband, Scott. Kate longs to be back in her journalism lane free from what she pe...
  • Shelby
    11-years ago wife and mother, Kate Bennett disappeared in California without a trace. After months turned into years, her husband, Scott and her daughter, Abbi were forced to move on with their lives. Abbi is now 16 and barely remembers her mom. Scott has since remarried another widow named Meredith, brought together by their shared grief. Now unexpectedly, Kate is found at a gas station in Montana, a 7-week old baby on her hip. Severely malnouri...
  • Bren
    The problem with having a fairy-tale relationship story was how much other people were invested in keeping the fairy tale alive. It wasnt just our storyit was everyones. Lucinda Berry, When She ReturnedI have to go with the crowd here. I have read many reviews for this and most people did not seem to love it nor hate it and that is exactly how I feel.So this book is about Kate who vanished without a trace 12 years ago from a target parking lot. ...
  • Mark
    Fast and Furious!Kate disappears from a parking lot 11 years agoHer hubby and daughter are devastatedEventually Scott remarries and him, his new wife Meredith and his daughter Abbi have a new life but they never forget KateAnd then, one day, she appears, with a babyWhere has she been? Who took her and why?Im not going to say the answer to any of the questions but its a fascinating and very dark story and extremely well researched, thought out, pr...
  • Chantal
    This book has a refreshing intense storyline you don't see everyday. At first I didn't know if it was something I would like because it was out of the ordinary, but I really loved this book. When I was half way through I could not put it down, I had to know the end and wonder what I would do in that situation? The story is told out of the eyes of the missing female, the daughter and the new wife and it will hold you tight.This is a ARC from the p...
  • MissBecka
    Holy crap!Gotta say that was highly entertaining!!! Much love to the crew at NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for my DRC.
  • Bridgett
    Well, this definitely wasn't what I was expecting after reading The Perfect Child, a far superior novel by Lucinda Berry . I loved that book. When She Returned...not so much. Don't get me wrong. This is very well-written, and if you're looking for a character study examining the effects of losing a loved one to a cult (or how incredibly smart people fall into such a destructive trap), this is definitely a story you'll love. I just couldn't really...
  • Louise Wilson
    Scott and Kate are happily married. They have a five year old daughter, Abbi. Then one day Kate just seems to vanish from a Target parking lot. At first Tome refuses to believe that Kate isn't coming home. But eventually life moves on and Tom remarried. Now eleven years have passed and Kate turns up with a baby. Kate is like a stranger to them now. Abbi, Kate and Tom's daughter, barely remembers her other. How will they all cope with the situatio...
  • Linda Strong
    Kate Bennett went shopping and disappeared. Her keys, purse, groceries were found in her car still parked at the shopping mall. She left behind her husband, a young daughter, and a promising career.Eleven years later showed up at a gas station, clutching an infant and screaming for help.In the meantime her husband had her declared legally dead and has since remarried. Her daughter barely remembers her.Problems begin when the former husband invite...
  • Melissa
    Wow--that's exactly the way a psychological thriller should be. Kept me guessing what exactly was going on the entire way through, and what a ride that was. Lots of surprises, and I had a difficult time putting it down (I know it sounds cliche, but it's the truth!)The narrative moves quickly and we get points of view from three characters in the past and present. It sounds like too much, but the flow works well and makes complete sense, each of t...
  • Rachel
    *thank you to Netgalley, Lucinda Berry and Thomas & Mercer for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*4.5 stars!When She Returned is my second novel by Lucinda Berry. Once again she has written an extraordinary story! Centred around the past and the present, a mother has ended up in being lured into a Cult by a man named Ray. For 11 years her husband, Scott and now 16 year old daughter, Abbi, have been trying to find her. Then sudde...
  • Christine
    Three Stars. I want to start by saying this is my third novel by Dr. Lucinda Berry and I absolutely LOOOVED The Perfect Child and Saving Noah. I have recommended both over and over to my friends in mental health and child welfare. When She Returned, was not on the same level as the two previous novels mentioned. This never grabbed me and was rather predictable. I didn't feel any emotional connection or pull towards any of the situations in the bo...
  • Miriam
    5 stars audio4.5 stars story. Wish more of Lucinda Berry's books can in audio form.
  • Miriam
    Definitely a crazy plot... as a mother and wife, I couldnt relate to Kate .. the whole brainwash story seems so unrealistic. However, we see it in real life all the time. Definitely a crazy plot... as a mother and wife, I couldn’t relate to Kate .. the whole brainwash story seems so unrealistic. However, we see it in real life all the time.
  • Denise
    Kate Bennett, married to Scott for 17 years and has a 5 year old daughter, seemingly vanishes one day. All of her belongings were left in the car in a Target parking lot. "She disappeared like a ghost, with her keys in the ignition and her purse on the passenger seat -- no sign of a struggle." An exhaustive search by the FBI and a massive press push turned up nothing and Scott was even a suspect for quite a time. After about four years, Scott and...
  • Kalyn Woodbury
    Kate and Scott had an enviable life once that is, until she vanished into thin air, leaving all of her belongings in the car and her loving family at home. Over a decade later, after she's been declared dead and Scott has been remarried to a fellow widow- Kate's found terrified, pleading for help with a seven month old infant in her arms. Now everybody's life is turned upside down and the secrets begin unraveling..When She Returned is a psycholog...
  • Jennifer Holloway Jones
    I loved the overall premise of this book. Kate goes shopping one day and never returns home. They find her car and there is no trace of what has happened to Kate. One day she returns. Her husband has remarried and her daughter barely remembers her. As the investigation begins, they find out that it was her choice to leave them. She has become invested in Love International after interviewing them as a reporter. She, also, returns with an infant o...
  • Alice Bye
    5/5 ⭐ Oh damn. Oh wow. Oh damn. I thought this was gonna be a simple kidnapping case blah blah. Man was I soooo wrong!! Hell yes cults!! Holy crap this was intense! 5/5 ⭐️ Oh damn. Oh wow. Oh damn. I thought this was gonna be a simple kidnapping case blah blah. Man was I soooo wrong!! Hell yes cults!! Holy crap this was intense!
  • Romancereadingaddict
    Kate went missing 11 years ago when she went to the supermarket. The family doesnt know what happened to her because she vanished. No body was found. Her husband thought he would never see her again. He has been raising their daughter and found himself a new wife. When Kate is found with a baby across the country. We find out that she was in a cult. I loved how the other showed you past and present. Definitely a Paige turner. I really want to rea...
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    Slightly spoilerish After eleven years missing, Kate returns home with a newborn baby. Her husband Scott, now married to Meredith, wants the old Kate back. Abbi, only five when her mom disappeared, just wants to know her mother. The mystery of Kates missing eleven years haunts everyone.I didnt enjoy WHEN SHE RETURNED as much as most of Lucinda Berrys novels. Of the three narrators, Abbi was the only one I enjoyed. Vulnerable, yet strong, the teen...
  • Danielle Russell
    Wow. Such an intense thriller! I love how wonderfully creepy and disturbing it is. I'm a big fan of Lucinda Berry's. She grabs your attention right off the bat, and makes it hard to put down!
  • Melissa Borsey
    I really enjoyed getting caught up in this crazy storyline about a mother who returns years after she disappeared. I should have anticipated the ending but I didn't and it blew me away. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
  • Ali
    3.5 stars...What a smart little book!It is not long but quite packed up with action twists and turns.It's the type of book you want to read in one sitting.Scott and Kate and Thier daughter Abbie had their perfectly set suburban life. Untill one day Kate vanished without trace.Years of grief, hope and search didn't bring Kate back but made Scott move on and settle with Meredith.All going in its usual pace until one day, as unexpectedly as Kate dis...
  • Bridget
    'When She Returned' by Lucinda Berry was an incredibly intense, powerful, and dark story. This novel was undeniably addictive and engrossing, written exactly the way a good psychological thriller should be, and kept me guessing as to what exactly was going on. With oodles of surprises, I had a difficult time putting it down.Kate Bennett, married to Scott, is a stay-at-home mum of five year-old Abbi and they live in Northern California. But restle...
  • Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
    "We wanted to see if what we had was powerful enough to make someone give up the love they had for something greater." That quote sums up this book pretty well. A mother gives up her family (willingly or not? read to find out) and then escapes and returns 10 years later after her daughter has grown into a teenager and her husband has buried her and remarried.The book blurb hinted at a cult being involved in this story and I fucking love cult stor...
  • Andrea Pole
    When She Returned by Lucinda Berry is a gripping read that pulled me in immediately with its intriguing premise. Having read the author's previous novel, I was more than anxious to devour this one, and it did not disappoint.Kate Bennett has been missing for eleven years, presumably having been abducted from a Target parking lot, leaving behind a husband, Scott, and five year old daughter, Abbi. The family is left devastated, but Scott eventually ...
  • RedRedtheycallmeRed
    There are three POV in this book: Abbi and her stepmother Meredith have present day POV, Kate's POV happens in the past where we see how she got involved with the cult. Meredith was pretty much in a no-win situation, her husband's dead wife suddenly isn't, and now she's living in their home. She alternated between jealousy, suspicion, and "why won't anyone think of my feelings?" and not quite enough compassion.Abbi was just trying to connect with...
  • Carla (Carla's Book Bits)
    I was excited to be approved on Netgalley for this book, because I read Lucinda Berry's previous release, The Perfect Child and really enjoyed it. Admittedly, I was anxious about how When She Returned was gonna be, and sadly, I was left a bit disappointed.The things I loved about The Perfect Child were sadly not all in this one. When She Returned feels a bit lacking in suspense. Once you have an idea what's going on, that's pretty much it, th...
  • Rachel Hall
    Although I got on far better with When She Returned than the previous novel by Lucinda Berry that I read and found it a worthwhile read, it has a fair way to go to meet the intense psychological thriller label that has been thrust upon it. At less than 300 pages the story gets off to a promising start with Arcata resident, Scott Bennett, taken to Montana by the shocking news that his wife, Kate, who disappeared eleven years earlier has turned up ...