By Alice Hoffman

The "New York instances" bestselling writer of "Second Nature" and "Here on the earth" provides a "captivating...truly unique novel" ( "Cosmopolitan" ), the tale of a divorced lady, her dissatisfied teenage son, and the occasions that adjust their lives in methods either basic and awesome. while Keith Rosen runs clear of his Florida domestic - inexplicably taking alongside a motherless child - his mom is at a loss for words and terrified. She takes to the air her personal trip to discover him. And "Turtle Moon" follows their course, in a "suspenseful, superbly written" tale that confirms once more the beautiful expertise of Alice Hoffman.

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Nobody wondered Bethany approximately her earlier, even supposing a number of ladies in her development gave her suggestion. regularly, they instructed Bethany, ask a guy if he has a legal historical past prior to courting him. by no means bad-mouth your ex in entrance of your baby; no matter if you’re nonetheless offended, greater let alone him in any respect. while her pals provided one another tricks on how you can take care of their children’s difficulties, Bethany simply pretended to hear. Her child, who used to be now fourteen months previous, was once as candy as ever, even perhaps sweeter, as though she have been being fed sugar water instead of homogenized milk and applesauce. How may perhaps a toddler conceived in a determined final try to continue a wedding jointly be so good-natured? How had she been capable of examine her new identify so speedy, to understand, instinctively, to not examine strangers, and to sit down on her mother’s lap down within the laundry room and never make a peep? at any time when Bethany checked out her child, she knew she had performed the suitable factor. If there has been an issue, it used to be simply that they either suffered from insomnia, as though they have been someway extra capable of be their actual selves after darkness fell. Bethany frequently did her errands within the night, and he or she took the infant grocery buying in Hartford seashore, the place the Winn Dixie used to be open twenty-four hours an afternoon. It was once there that she first sensed that somebody used to be following her. Bethany used to be within the frozen-food aisle, getting the bagels the infant cherished to chunk on while she used to be teething, while she felt anyone at the back of her. She grabbed her cart and went instantly to the checkout line. She scanned the aisles; if she had noticeable even a shadow, she may have picked up the newborn and bolted, leaving her cart at the back of, yet there has been not anything suspicious, quite a few late-night consumers, and Bethany enable Rachel play with a bag of plums whereas she unloaded her cart. The parking zone was once approximately empty while Bethany rolled her cart out. It was once a sizzling, starry evening. In her seat within the cart, the child used to be overlaying her eyes and taking part in peek-a-boo. She had now not but began to talk, yet Bethany understood her all of the related. “I see you,” Bethany had stated, giggling, after which she felt it back. She seemed over her shoulder. nobody used to be there, yet this time she knew she was once correct. She driven the cart correct as much as her automobile, unlocked the doorways, and slid the infant into her motor vehicle seat. Bethany used to be respiring not easy and her ears have been burning. She opened the trunk and threw the groceries within. She stored feeling whatever, like a shadow that used to be passing over her personal. She obtained in at the back of the wheel and quick locked all of the doorways. “Ba-ba,” the infant cried, short of her frozen bagel instantaneously. “As quickly as we get home,” Bethany acknowledged. Her fingers have been shaking as she sponsored out. It used to be foolish; right here she used to be, within the comparable car parking zone she got here to for all time. She drove to the go out and stopped at the back of a station wagon idling on the pink gentle. An outdated guy of seventy-five or 80 used to be on the wheel. Bethany appeared within the rearview reflect so she might see her child. Rachel whimpered, nonetheless hoping for her bagel. “Peek-a-boo,” Bethany sang, after which she observed the auto at the back of her with its headlights grew to become off.

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