On a sunny afternoon, Maya, a couple’s therapist who researches the secrets of memory, disappears. One moment she is on the beach, with her husband and three children, enjoying their holiday stay at her parents’ kibbutz. When her son waves a camera at her, crying “Mommy, smile!”, Maya suddenly feels a stab. She turns her back and walks away.
“Mommy will be right back,” promises her husband to their three children, and to his older child from previous marriage, who surprisingly does not seem worried about Maya’s disappearance to the sliest bit. By noon, whispers are heard in the guesthouse dining room that one of the guests has gone missing. Security officers are called to investigate, as fears and rumors spread. Was it kidnap? Was it suicide? Was she the ‘happy woman’ she appeared to be? What shadows lay pray behind her ‘happy family’? Why does her husband refuse to involve the police?
The search reveals sides of Maya and her family, never exposed before. There, at the pastoral landscape of her childhood, the story drifts back to the Yom Kippur War, when the father Maya never knew was killed. The man who didn’t want her, the man who said to her mother, “Everything will be fine, just smile.”
This was an interesting book to read. When I say interesting, I mean it. There were so many things going on in this book, relationship wise, that I did have a hard time keeping up with them.
I liked Mia’s character. As a mother of 3 children, I can definitely feel the stress of being pulled in 3 different directions. I think Mia handled it better than I did….lol. Her relationship with her husband (Eran) was a lot more complicated. To be honest, I thought Eran was an idiot and maybe he needed Mia to leave him. Because he definitely didn’t rise to the occasion when it was discovered she was missing.
Overall, a very well written book about family and their dynamics/secrets. I would suggest to the author that she rereads the blurb on Goodreads/Amazon. Mia’s name is spelled wrong (and after all the stress that it is Mia with an ia not a ya) and there are some spelling errors.
Would I read it again? Yes
Would I reccomend it to family and friends? Yes
Age range? Adult.
Amazon links. I will include the Kindle link but the book is on preorder. Also, please remember that the prices on Amazon can and will change:
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Disclaimer: I received Smile, Mommy from eBookpro for free for my honest review. All opinions are mine and mine alone. I also received no financial compensation for this review.
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