This was definitely a different book. At first, I couldn't tell who was crazier, the mother or the daughter. I started with the mother and why she kept driving around the country. Her poor daughter didn't go to school until the 8th grade. Then she didn't know her name until about that time as well. This poor girl had a strange life to begin with. And what was up with all the goings on about crickets?
Then after they got to Aurora and Dahlia had gone to school, had left Aurora for 15 years, came back and then she started smelling things and seeing things, then I thought she was going crazy.
This poor mother and daughter were spending their lives working for minimum wage under the counter cleaning hotels, houses or whatever they could find. This was all because the mother hated paperwork. Dahlia didn't even know whether she had a birth certificate or even a social security number. When she asked her mother about it, her mother would change the subject.
All Dahlia can remember from her childhood is leaving in the middle of the night to go to yet another motel, or living above a gas station, or car garage or living in the backseat of her mother's car. She remembers that her mother did buy her a Columbia Encyclopedia because she kept asking so many questions. She almost wore that thing out.
And then . . . after one tragedy after another, her mother sits her down and tells her the truth. It is unbelievable and shocking. Definitely one I did not see coming.
I found this be a highly entertaining and mesmerizing read. I really felt for the characters at least one point or another during my reading of this book. Sometimes more than one point. The author did a great job with the story and definitely with the ending.
Thanks to Berkley Publishing for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.