The synopsis given for this book on GoodReads actually provides clearer background information to the two narrators of the story than the narrative itself. Sure, it’s eluded to and spoken of, but the story pretty much jumps right into the action so it’s almost necessary to have read in the synopsis that Emmy is a young 20 year old mother, and that Sophie’s story takes places years later.
Emmy is a new mother who turned her back for one moment and has her newborn baby stolen from her. The situations that arise from this horrible incident forever changes her life. She foregoes her husband’s abusive attitude and heads out to search for her kidnapped child, enlisting the help of an unlikely friend.
Sophie is a child home-schooled by her mother, who keeps relocating them as they run from the “No Good”. She secretly befriends the neighbours across the street when her mother is away at work and realizes how much she has missed by being sheltered and home-schooled all these years.
The story flips back and forth between Emmy & Sophie, and there are moments where you suspect where the story is headed, or at least one of a few possibilities. I definitely found Sophie’s story more interesting and compelling than Emmy’s. There was more depth and possibility of story development with Sophie. Most of Emmy’s side all takes place in one location, with her torment of her missing baby.
You Are My Only does give a satisfying, albeit a little abrupt of an ending. You really get drawn into Sophie’s life and her newly developing friendships with her neighbours as she discovers how to break free from her stifling home life.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ (3/5 stars)