I loved Me & Emma, couldn’t get it out of my mind. The ending left me with so many unanswered questions, I was thrilled when I heard there was a sequel. It came in the mail today about one o’clock. It’s 10:30 now and I just finished reading it. I took a few minutes out for my family around supper time, but my mind stayed in Carrie’s world the whole time. It’s Carrie’s voice, the voice of a young, innocent, totally lovable little girl that makes Elizabeth Flock’s writing stand out. Carrie’s voice pulls you along into her world until you feel her pain and confusion as if you are right there living it with her.
That’s why it’s such a shock at the beginning of Chapter 4, Page 43, when Flock suddenly switches to a different voice, a different viewpoint, and what feels like a totally different novel. The two story lines don’t begin to converge at all until Chapter 9, page 87. I have to admit I rushed through the chapters written in the new grown-up voice that were all about this new family and their own problems. I just didn’t care what happened to their house or whether Honor would get back together with Eddie.
I just wanted to know what was going on with CARRIE. Elizabeth Flock doesn’t disappoint, she gives us every moment of Carrie’s suffering and the other story line gives you hope that someone will rescue her in the end.
Some of the coincidences that made the story work might be a little hard to swallow if the writer were not as skilled as Elizabeth Flock. For instance, my genealogical friends would be astounded to find how quickly two little girls are able to find a recent birth certificate online.
Even so, I’m giving it five stars, after all I did gulp it down in one sitting!