Now I Found You
Publication date: July 20th 2021
Genres: Adult, Suspense, Thriller
Seven years ago, Kate Hartfield’s little sister disappeared.
An ordinary summer day of fun at the lake turned into a nightmare when young Emily Hartfield suddenly could not be found. When badly battered body parts were discovered three days later, the investigation concluded that they were Emily’s and the case was closed as an accidental drowning.
Now Kate has returned to her hometown in the Catskills for the first time since her sister’s death, for a work retreat. While at her boss’s lake house, she briefly spies a familiar face.
She’s all grown up, but Kate knows her sister’s face better than anyone. The sighting reignites the doubts Kate has always had, and forces her to revisit all the mysterious circumstances that surrounded that day. As she desperately tries to track down the girl she saw at the lake house, Kate discovers shocking secrets from the past, confronts her own guilt from that day, and becomes obsessed with uncovering the answer to one question.
What really happened to Emily?
Back at her apartment, Kate peeled off her clothes and threw them in a corner before crawling into her twin sized bed. She stared up at the ceiling, her eyes painting it with lush green trees and soft wood trails. It had been six years since she left, but she could still smell the clean mountain air. She could still feel the leaves slapping against her arms as she and her cross-country team ran through the woods. She could still hear the soft fireflies zipping through the quiet of the night, and taste the fresh raindrops that would fall softly onto her face. And she could still see her little sister, in her bright yellow swimsuit, smiling at her from the shallow end of the lake, her face partially blocked by the blinding glow of the setting sun.
Kate remembered the first time her memory of Emily had started to fade a little. It was a little over two years after Emily died. Up until then, every detail of Emily always lingered at the periphery of her brain. She didn’t even need to conjure it up, it was just always there. Every freckle on her face, the sparkle of her bright blue eyes, the softness of her lush blond hair. The smell of the vanilla sugar body splash she wore every day.
But then suddenly, on an otherwise ordinary day, Kate woke up and, for a few seconds, Emily’s face was fuzzy. Her memory did not have its usual depth and clarity. Kate had trouble feeling Emily’s silky hair through her fingers.
The memories returned in full force a few moments later, but the shock of it had engulfed her like a tidal wave, pulling her down into a deep depression. It was the first time Kate realized that her memories of Emily would not always be as strong and clear as they originally were. That over time memories would take a new form. They would become more like looking back at old photographs or home movies, rather than the very real feeling of Emily standing right there in front of her.
Kate reached for the small container on her nightstand and shook out two pills. Every so often, she found that alcohol was not enough to blur her memories and lull her peacefully to sleep. The pills snagged against the back of her throat as she swallowed them dry and waited listlessly for darkness to fall.
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Judy Thomas says
It sounds like a very emotional read.
Bella Smith says
Ooooo I just added this to my tbr!
Sounds like a very interesting story!
Joy Avery says
Terri Shaw says
This sounds like a great read.
Angelica Dimeo says
I like the cover.
The front cover photo of Now I Found You was taken from an interesting overhead perspective.
Deborah D says
How long was the writing process?
Rita Wray says
Sounds like a good book.
Christina D says
Wow.. this sounds intense!!
Bea LaRocca says
An intriguing synopsis and excerpt, this sounds like a must read for me. Thank you for sharing the book and author details
Anita Yancey says
It sounds like a great story with good characters.
Barbara Montag says
I love a suspense and thriller read!
Thank you for sharing this.
Shelly Peterson says
Sounds like a good read
Gwendolyn Jordan says
I like the cover
Cathy French says
Thrillers are my all time favorite read and this one sounds quite intriguing.
Marcy Meyer says
Sounds great. Thanks for sharing.
Kate Sarsfield says
My favourite genre!
This story sounds really interesting. Reading the blurb, I wasn’t expecting it to say that Kate thinks Emily is still alive.
Dianne Casey says
Susan Smith says
Sounds great! I like the cover and the excerpt..
deb pelletier says
The book sounds interesting.
Latifa Morrisette says
Soundslike a good read
What an intriguing book! Great excerpt. I’d love to read more.
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Sarah L says
Looks like an interesting book.
Thanks for the contest.
What a sad excerpt. Sounds like an emotional read!
David Hollingsworth says
This looks and sounds like a heartrending read!
Margaret Smith says
Sounds like an exciting book.
Ellen Stafford says
Would love to read this.
Thanks for the giveaway!
Elizabeth H. says
Wow! Sounds like a gripping mystery! Thanks for sharing an excerpt!
Pat Lieberman says
thanks for contest
Antoinette M says
Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the excerpt.
Tina R says
This sounds like a good suspense story.
People have become so accustomed to the science of DNA identification being available now that they forget that a scenario such as this was really possible not that long ago. The premise always makes for an emotional roller coaster of a story.
Amy Green says
I’m always up for a mystery with a strong female leads. Jessica Fletcher and Buffy Summers have nothing on Mila Oliver’s heroines!
BILL HOFF says
My daughter would enjoy this book