ISBN #: 978-1936587414
Page Count: 236
Copyright: September 3, 2011
Publisher: Brighton Publishing LLC
Bunting Valley, North Dakota - a scenic and picturesque town where nothing dreadful ever happens - is a place where people feel safe leaving their front doors unlocked and their cars running in the driveways. So when beautiful, blue-eyed, three-year-old Maggie Taylor mysteriously vanishes, the Bunting Valley Police Department begins a kidnapping investigation that uncovers unthinkable crimes spanning many years - not only in Bunting Valley, but also in surrounding states and jurisdictions.
Bea Miller is a penniless widow, living a meager existence among the town's residents with her four young, rambunctious boys. Her entire life she wished and dreamed of having a little girl of her own. When everything she did to have one of her own failed, Bea takes matters into her own hands and lives by the chilling words of her estranged father, "If you want something, take it."
She and the boys visit a local beach and find the little girl of her dreams. She snatches the girl and they disappear in seconds, only to leave the parents bewildered and devastated.
Through the handwritten journals of Bea Miller, she takes you on a journey into the deranged mind of an individual who believes you can make your own wishes come true - at any expense; and sadly, also at the expense of others.
Be Careful What You Wish For takes us into the life and mind of Bea Miller. Drawing on the journals she wrote throughout her life, the reader is introduced to Bea as a child in an abusive, dysfunctional home, and follows her through life to the point where she decides to kidnap a little girl, the only thing she believes is missing in her life. When she is eventually caught and arrested, the reality of what Bea is capable of finally comes to light.
Based loosely on her own abduction as a child, Ms. Avery takes her story to the extreme in the pages of her book. Her characters are simple, yet in Bea, we see a disturbed mind at work, and while occasionally a bit "far out," as the novel went on, I was hooked on the small details that led to a larger picture. Just when you think you figured it all out, a new clue emerges that leads down a new trail.
Relatively short, with just 228 pages, there is a lot covered. No fancy writing, or complicated metaphors, just plain, good entertainment with a crime thriller feel.
*A physical copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.