Remember Me Like This

By Bret Anthony Johnston

3 out of 5 stars

11-year-old Justin Campbell goes out to skateboard and disappears. The family is devastated. There are years of searches and tears. Eric, his father, begins an affair. Laura, his mother, spends her time watching over a dolphin at Sea Lab. And young Griff, tries to continue his life and even has a girlfriend but that hole is always there. Then they get the phone call, Justin has been recognized at a local flea market. Life takes another turn for the Campbell family. They find out he was taken by a local man and has been nearby the whole time. As they try to sort out their various feelings of joy, anger, sadness, frustration, can they begin the process of healing?

This was a very dark book at times that was interspersed with little rays of hope. They all walk on eggshells around each other, hoping to learn the truth but maybe really not wanting to know it at all. Sometimes I just wanted to reach in and hug one of them. I couldn’t say this would be for everyone because the storyline might be too harsh for some but I had to keep reading and hope that there would be redemption for all of them and that they could and should forgive themselves.

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