On the last ordinary day of her life, Abby Bennett feels like the luckiest woman on earth. But everyone knows that luck doesn't last forever...
As her husband, Nick, and teenage daughter, Lindsey, embark on a weekend camping trip to the Texas Hill Country, Abby looks forward to having some quiet time to herself. She braids Lindsey's hair, reminds Nick to drive safely, and kisses them both good-bye. For a brief moment, Abby thinks she has it all—a perfect marriage, a perfect life—until a devastating storm rips through the region, and her family vanishes without a trace.
When Nick and Lindsey are presumed dead, lost in the raging water, Abby refuses to give up hope. Consumed by grief and clinging to her belief that her family is still alive, she sets out to find them. But as disturbing clues begin to surface, Abby realizes that the truth may be far more sinister than she imagined. Soon she finds herself caught in a current of lies that threaten to unhinge her and challenge everything she once believed about her marriage and family.
With a voice that resonates with stunning clarity, Barbara Taylor Sissel delivers a taut and chilling mystery about a mother's love, a wife's obsession, and the invisible fractures that can shatter a family.Read an excerpt (pdf)
"Well-drawn characters... gut-wrenching mystery... Enjoyable and insightful." 4 stars.
—RT Book Reviews
"Evidence of Life is a strong addition to literary fiction collections, highly recommended."
—Midwest Book Review, March 2013 Reviewer's Choice
"In Evidence of Life, Barbara Taylor Sissel melds mystery and relationship issues into a page-turner that is part psychological thriller and part family drama."
—Lourdes Venard, Mystery Scene
"In Evidence of Life, Barbara Taylor Sissel delivers a brilliant thriller about love, obsession and secrets that can bring even the happiest of families to its knees."
—Torre Puckett, HTexas Magazine
"A chilling mystery with a haunting resolution you won't see coming."
—Sophie Littlefield, bestselling author of Garden of Stones
"With a realistic cast of characters who have flaws and imperfections; a richly descriptive storyline and setting full of mystery and suspense that engages the reader's imagination; and a psychological and realistic look into the complicated dynamics of relationships; Evidence of Life is a heart wrenching and riveting thriller!"
—Jersey Girl Book Reviews
"As with her other novels, Ms. Sissel expands on an every day topic, adding suspense, romance, relationship dynamics and thought provoking scenarios culminating to a never-saw-coming finale."
—CMash Loves to Read
Harlequin MIRA, Trade Paperback, March 2013, ISBN: 978-0778315162
Harlequin MIRA, Mass Market Paperback, January 2014, ISBN: 978-0778316381