When Margaret and Steve Frawley come home to Connecticut from a black-tie dinner in New York, their three-year-old twins, Kathy and Kelly, are gone. The police found the babysitter unconscious, and a ransom note from the "Pied Piper" demands eight million dollars. Steve's global investment firm puts up the money, but when they go to retrieve the twins, only Kelly is in the car. The dead driver's suicide note says he inadvertently killed Kathy.
At the memorial, Kelly tugs Margaret's arm and says: "Mommy, Kathy is very scared of that lady. She wants to come home right now." At first, only Margaret believes that the twins are communicating and that Kathy is still alive. But as Kelly's warnings become increasingly specific and alarming, FBI agents set out on a desperate search.
Reading this novel was just like enjoying a detective movie. Each scene was short but rapid. To me, it was easy to go deep into the story. The author was great at describing the image of different characters, so as a reader, I could imagine myself as a reference. Besides, the most interesting and attractive part of this book was the "twins' talk" between Kelly and Kathy. The so-called twins' talk was like the sixth sense, and the twins could sense what the other's experience. However, nobody could totally believe the existence of twins' talk before they saw the proof, including me.
Each chapter was delivered by different person's view, such as the twins' mother, Margaret, the kidnappers, the FBI agents, and the outsiders. By telling story from different people's viewpoints, the fragments started to make a whole. Just like a huge puzzle, it was impossible to start it from the center; on the other hand, the most effective method was construct it from its edges.
I have to admit that this novel was absorbing, but on the contrary, there were too many relevant names confusing me, I mean, the names of police and FBI agents, even though they didn't affect the story line. Anyway, I thought it was caused by my lack of reading English novels, and I hope it would be improved by next novel I read.