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Until I Find You


Rea Frey

By: Rea Frey

ISBN: 1250241588

Publisher: St Martin's Griffin

Publication Date: 08/04/2020

Format: e-book and audiobook

Narrator: Samantha Desz

My Rating: 5 Stars + Top Books of 2020 In Until I Find You, celebrated author Rea Frey brings you her most explosive, emotional, taut domestic drama yet about the powerful bond between mothers and children…and how far one woman will go to bring her son home. The Set-Up Soon, Rebecca Gray won’t be able to see. Diagnosed in her twenties with a degenerative eye disease, each day her world grows a little darker. She’s moved to the suburbs to raise her son, Jackson. In the wake of her husband's death, it should be a quieter, easier way of life.

It won’t be.

The Moment That Changes Everything

When Bec awakes after fainting in the park, she makes promises to start taking better care of herself. When her son begins to cry, she approaches the crib.

Reaches in.

Picks him up.

But he’s not her son.

The Search

There’s nothing Bec won’t do to find Jackson. But she’s a blind woman in a world where seeing is believing. The police think she’s confused. Her friends don’t see any differences. Relying on the conviction of her instinct and the power of a mother’s love, Bec must push the limits of her world to uncover what happened to her baby boy…and bring him home for good.

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Praise


"Frey is a rising star in the suspense scene"— Booklist

"Frey is a rising star in the suspense scene, and by telling the story through the eyes of a woman who can't see, she adds a unique element, in addition to pulling at heartstrings with which every new mother can identify."

-Booklist on Until I Find You


"This emotional roller coaster satisfies."

- Publishers Weekly on Until I Find You


“A beautifully, poignant, emotional story, Until I Find You examines what it means to trust yourself, even in a world where seeing is believing, and you can’t see to believe. With well-written characters and suffused with emotion, Until I Find You is a riveting story about the power of a mother’s love.”

-Christina McDonald, USA Today Bestselling Author


“Until I Find You is a roller coaster of twists and turns with love, friendship, and betrayal all hanging in the balance. A must read!”

- Matthew Farrell, bestselling author of What Have You Done


"Have the tissues handy―and be prepared to be hit with an avalanche of emotion while reading Until I Find You, an absorbing story of a mother desperate to bring her son home. Completely captivating, utterly compelling―a must read!"

- Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, authors of The Two Lila Bennetts


My Review



Captivating. Intense. Gripping!


Love this cover! UNTIL I FIND YOU is another slam-dunk domestic suspense thriller by the amazing Rea Frey.


Her novels are impossible to put down, and her latest is no exception. I will read anything she writes. The minute you start a book by her, you know it is a rare treat, and you will be hooked immediately.


I thought I posted this review when I read the book; however, appears I was in the middle of a major move at the time. When I went to link it to the latest novel, I did not find it, so here goes.


Meet Rebecca Gray. She is nearly blind with a degenerative eye disease; she is a recent widow and the single mother of an adorable three-month-old boy, Jackson.


Rebecca is well organized and always counts her steps due to her disability. Her world is both humbling and frightening.


Prior to her condition, she was with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra which led to the diagnosis of Stargardt disease and Charles Bonnet syndrome. Her career died with her vision which was a catastrophic loss.


She is still suffering grief from the loss of her husband. She is a wonderful caring mother worrying about every detail and often exhausted from the care of your adorable young son, considering her disabilities and living alone without assistance.


As the book opens, Rebecca goes to the park with the stroller to meet up with some other neighbor moms. Chris died about a year earlier as did her mother. She cannot afford a nanny and is the sole provider and caretaker. She always keeps Jackson safe.


All of a sudden she faints and falls from the bench. Then the unbelievable happens, when she gets home she realizes this is not her baby? Where is Jackson?


She feels like someone is watching her. She becomes both paranoid and frantic. Who will believe her? This is not her son.


Her baby is always the best and this baby is colicky and fussy. The police are called but apparently, no one believes her.


The tension builds and Rebecca is utterly frightened and filled with worry and fear about her son. Luckily she is able to re-connect with a childhood friend, Jake Donovan and her ex-boyfriend that is a detective to have someone on her side.


Why would someone swap a baby? Suspense builds to the explosive conclusion when all is revealed--OMG!


This is one INTENSE BOOK! Heart rendering, I loved everything about this book. Totally unpredictable. It is suspenseful, mysterious, scary, plot, and character-driven. It is hypotonic, atmospheric, and absorbing. Can you imagine being blind and raising a baby alone?


Rea is a master storyteller, writing with ease and precision, getting into the hearts and minds of her characters like no other. I loved the ending!


Meticulously researched she made you feel you were in Rebecca Gray's body in a dark world without eyes. Where would we be without eyes that we take for granted?


FIVE GLOWING STARS and Top Books of 2020.


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A special thank you to St Martin's Press and NetGalley for an advanced reading copy. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by the talented Samantha Desz, for an award-winning performance!




About the Author

Rea Frey

THERE’S NO ROOM FOR PLAN B.

I’ve lived a really full life. (Don’t worry. I won’t bore you with the details.)

While I did go to Columbia for fiction writing a million years ago, I abandoned it for journalistic pursuits. I worked several death row cases. I penned some health and wellness books. I worked for women’s magazines, newspapers, and corporations, where I was the writer monkey for endless clients.

Through it all, I really wanted to write fiction. But I wasn’t sure I had the story.

Until I did.

While my path to publication seems somewhat like a dream, it was a long, arduous process to get here. The only reason I got a two-book deal with one of the Big 5 publishers is because I didn’t give myself a plan B.

I finally had a story to tell. But more than that, I had a sense of urgency. I gave myself eight weeks to write a novel.

I wrote it in a month.

From there, I landed a stellar agent, a two-book deal, a movie deal, and then another two-book deal. I navigated the rocky terrain of the publishing industry, spent a shitload of money on PR, events, and digital marketing, and tried to nail the perfect recipe for success.

My book got a lot of buzz. It was even named one of Marie' Claire’s Top 27 Books and was a Silver Falchion Award finalist.

During that time, I quit my full-time job at a branding agency and organically began getting nonfiction book proposal clients who also wanted to reach their dreams.

I love working with potential authors who have an idea they need brought to life. I realized my super power is in giving voices to others, sure—but more than that, it’s getting others to believe in themselves as much as I do.

This industry takes a lot of self-belief, hard work, and knowledge of how publishing works. My clients get a full-spectrum experience. It’s what I love the most.

When I’m not promoting my novels, NOT HER DAUGHTER and BECAUSE YOU’RE MINE, you can find me homeschooling my daughter, spending time with my hubby, traveling, exercising, cooking, or plotting my next great adventure. Read More


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