Charlie Donlea, one of the most original new voices in suspense, returns with a haunting novel, laden with twists and high tension, about two abducted girls one who returns, one who doesn t and the forensics expert searching for answers.
Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods.
A year later, the bestselling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity. It s a triumphant, inspiring story, except for one inconvenient detail: Nicole is still missing. Nicole’s older sister Livia, a fellow in forensic pathology, expects that one day soon Nicole’s body will be found, and it will be up to someone like Livia to analyze the evidence and finally determine her sister’s fate. Instead, the first clue to Nicole s disappearance comes from another body that shows up in Livia’s morgue that of a young man connected to Nicole’s past. Livia reaches out to Megan for help, hoping to learn more about the night the two were taken. Other girls have gone missing too, and Livia is increasingly certain the cases are connected.
But Megan knows more than she revealed in her blockbuster book. Flashes of memory are coming together, pointing to something darker and more monstrous than her chilling memoir describes. And the deeper she and Livia dig, the more they realize that sometimes true terror lies in finding exactly what you’ve been looking for.
This is a brilliant story with an avalanche of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing till the very last sentence!
The story is beautifully-written and I very much enjoyed the fact it dives right into the mystery which hooked me up straight away. The characters have quite a lovely depth to them. Some are likeable, some are hard to digest. As I kept flipping through the pages, I genuinely didn’t know what to expect anymore as the secrets kept unravelling and the suspense kept building up, swiftly pulling me into a thrilling journey. And just when I thought I had it all figured out, BAM, more disturbing facts came to light. The last sentence of the book got me pondering for a while as I wasn’t quite sure if that was the end or the start of a sequel but I liked it as it was such a clever way to exit what’s been an incredibly-suspenseful-spectacle.
In a nutshell, this book is definitely worth a read and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a thrilling story that keeps getting better and better till the very intriguing end.
I would like to thank Kensington Books, NetGalley, and Mr. Charlie Donlea for sending me an advanced copy of this beautiful novel.
Goodreads link: The Girl Who Was Taken
Amazon link: The Girl Who Was Taken