The Liar's Child by Carla Buckley
I just discovered I never loaded the review for The Liar's Child. My mom's Alzheimer's has led me to a point where I burned out and needed to walk away from everything for a bit - well as much as I can when I'm trying to be with her, run my business, and be there for my kids' big life steps (graduation from college for one and purchase of the first home for another).
Sara Lennox moves to North Carolina to escape her past. She doesn't expect to get drawn into her neighbors' lives in their seedy little apartment complex. Pre-teen Cassie and her younger brother Boon seem to be on their own more than they are with their dad, who is doing everything he can to keep his family together.
When a hurricane threatens the coast, Cassie and Boon are left alone. Sara makes a rash decision to get the kids and escape the storm. What she does threatens to reveal the secrets she's trying so hard to hide. It also raises questions as to why it was so easy for her to walk away with two children, and what is going on with their father? There's one more character in the story that makes you wonder what is his place in this book?
The Liar's Child has a lot of twists. I was drawn to the kids from the start, though Cassie could be a bit exasperating, much like a tween I guess. Sara was unusual. You know she is hiding something, but it's hard to get a read on what it is. The slow reveal of the secrets and twists kept me hooked. Some didn't surprise me, others did. One thing remained clear, I loved the ride.