Five Days Gone: The Mystery of My Mother's Disappearance as a Child

Five Days Gone: The Mystery of My Mother’s Disappearance as a Child by Laura Cumming was a memoir with a fascinating premise – when she was three, Laura’s mother was kidnapped and then returned to her family. Her mother doesn’t remember this kidnapping, but discovers that she was adopted and that her name was changed from Grace to Betty at the same time. The book walks you through the mystery that was Betty’s life. While the book was certainly interesting and what a terrible thing to do to a child, ultimately, there was something cold and missing from the story. I wish I had noticed before I read it that it only had 3.5 stars on Amazon. It continues to bear true that whenever a book has less than 4 stars, I don’t like it either. Ah well. At least it was short.

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