“Found, Near Water” by Katherine Hayton is a powerful and raw story about six women and how they lost their children. While the author weaves an interesting tale of tragic circumstances and how they irrevocably change the characters' lives, it pulls you in and leaves you gasping at the sheer horror of some of the events. Christine, a former psychiatrist, leads us through most of the story lending support to a divorced couple who have lost their daughter. That is a complex plot, where things aren't always what they seem and sure to keep the reader on their toes. There are intermittent parts that explain each woman's life and their loss. Christine's marriage is falling apart, her husband is an alcoholic, her support group isn't much support anymore, and a known pedophile that killed one woman's daughter has been released from prison. Christine finds it hard to care about any of it, trudging through every day of her own life trying to forgive herself for what she could or could not have done to save her own daughter. I enjoyed the story. However, there were too many details and events in the plot left unexplained, open ended, or seemed to come clear out of the blue that left me feeling like all the dots weren't connected, and for that reason, I hope it was planned that way and there is going to be a sequel.
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