Jake was a complicated character, different than other psycho's in Lifetime movies, he didn't steal from the mother, didn't harm her until the end and stood to gain nothing. All he wanted was a relationship with the mother, seemed to genuinely care for her. True, he killed 2 people in the movie but, that makes him more complicated. I felt for him because he had no family nor friends, he seemed lonely and he was mentally ill. He was on clozapine and lithium carbonate, not sure if he was taking his meds. He said he felt alone and he thought he found someone who cared about him, but she was using him. Again, great movie with complex characters. One thing bothers me a little about all Lifetime movies, I hate how they portray mental illness, it's like all people who are mentally ill are crazy or dangerous, which is totally not true. Aside from that, I enjoy complicated characters, Jake for some reason reminds me of Secret Window Mort.
I was convinced until the last 3 minutes that Michelle wasn't the little girl that was lost, however some factors changed my mind. #1 The little girl in the beginning was clearly leaving, the way she looked at her mother and told her she loved her was as if she was never coming back. #2 Michelle, the protagonist, never seemed bothered by Cathy, she seemed to really like her and enjoy her company. She even defended her and said she was decent. #3 When Michelle was locked in that old room and got up off the bed and sniffed the bunny, why do that if you know you aren't Michelle? Also, when she tore up the room, it was as if she was looking for something. An average person would not know there was a cassette tape in the vent. Michelle actually felt around for the tape, like she was sure something was there. #4 Michelle must have kept in contact with Cathy in order for her to know that Michelle was pregnant and send a gift. If this psycho, crazy woman locked you in a bedroom under the false belief that you are her daughter, why feed into her delusions? Better yet, why talk to her at all? Michelle seemed happy at Cathy's gift, she smiled as she read the card from Cathy and hugged that bunny to her and the way she smiled when her husband told her that she needed to tell Cathy the truth said it all. Michelle was the little girl from the beginning the whole time. Not sure if it was to get revenge against her dad or maybe because she missed her mom, either way, she was Michelle and I was thoroughly surprised.