20190118_135551.jpgHappy Wednesday!  Welcome to my stop on the Sophie Last Seen blog tour sponsored by Suzy Approved Book Tours! Today I have a review of this suspenseful book that is now available!

My Thoughts:

Sophie Albright has been missing for six years, since she was ten years old. She was last seen at a shopping mall, and her mother, Jesse, is at odds with herself constantly. Sophie was a challenging child, and Jesse is left haunted by memories of her daughter. 

Sophie was obsessed with birds and had beautiful journals dedicated to them. Jesse spends hours searching through these journals and visiting the mall for answers or Sophie. 

Jesse works at a bookstore, and Sophie’s best friend, Star, comes to work there, too. This makes Jesse even more uncomfortable and tests her mood. Star has not had the best childhood, and she’s holding back secrets…some of which may help solve just where Sophie is now. 

Jesse seeks help from Star and a private detective in hopes of finally finding her daughter. 

Adelstein’s depiction of Jesse is vivid and raw. I could feel Jesse’s emotions of grief as she felt them. The pacing was on point, and there were some quirky, interesting characters I loved. Jesse needs change. She needs hope. I wished it so strongly for her, probably more than she did for herself. The book has a haunting feel, a tension that was palpable, and I was absorbed in it from start to finish. 

I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. 

About the Book:

Six years ago, ten-year-old Sophie Albright disappeared from a shopping mall. Her mother, Jesse, is left in a self-destructive limbo, haunted by memories of her intense and difficult child, who was obsessed with birds. Trapped in her grief and guilt, Jesse stumbles through her workdays at a bookstore and spends her off hours poring over Sophie’s bird journals or haunting the mall to search for the face of her missing child.

When Star Silverman, Sophie’s best friend, starts working at the bookstore, Jesse is uncomfortable around the sarcastic teen, who is a constant reminder of her daughter. But Star has secrets of her own, and her childhood memories could be the key to solving Sophie’s disappearance.

With help from Star and Kentucky “Tuck” Barnes, a private detective on the trail of another missing girl, Jesse may finally get some closure, one way or the other.

About the Author:

After twenty-three years in New York City, working as a film development executive for top Hollywood producers, Marlene Adelstein began earning her living as a freelance editor working on novels and memoirs.

When she’s not reading other people’s manuscripts or writing her own, Marlene can be found walking local trails with her dog. She is partial to chocolate labs and in particular hers, a good-natured girl named Honey, who is never more than a few feet behind her. Comfortable and energized in a big city but preferring to make her home in a small town filled with other writers and artists, Marlene lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley where she loves to listen to the noise of the birds.


Thanks to the author and Suzy Approved, I am giving away one copy of Sophie Last Seen to one lucky winner in the United States. Just comment below to enter!

Have you read Sophie Last Seen, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR