In the Pacific Northwest lies the Olympic National Forest which is breathtakingly beautiful and undiscovered. From that forest comes a 6 year old girl who behaves like an animal. She does not speak, doesn’t not seem to understand anything, and she is alone.
Enter Dr. Julia Cates. As a top child psychiatrist she has seen many the troubling case, but after a scandal shatters her career, she wants to give it all up. Her estranged sister, who is the police chief in their Washington hometown gets in touch with her after this girl appears from the woods. Ellie has no idea what to do, but feels that if her sister could just spend some time with this wild girl, they could put the pieces back together.
Once the media finds out that Julia is the one working with the wild girl, they descend on the town, making their case known that they want this forest girl put in an institution until they can identify her. Julia has started calling the girl Alice, and has forged an impossible bond. She starts relying on her sister and Dr. Max, who has his own secrets.
Then, a shocking revelation that could change the course of everything. Where will Alice end up? Can Julia even think about giving her up when she is the only person Alice trusts?
I loved this book. I loved the characters evolved, their back stories, and the fact that I could not put it down! Definitely a great beach read. Don’t miss it.