Sunday, October 12, 2014
Book of the Week - The Forgotten Girl by David Bell
NAL 978-0451-41752-7 448p. 2014 - October
Years after leaving Manhattan to move back to his small hometown, Jason, who works in advertising and his wife are surprised when his long out of touch sister Hayden turns up and asks them to take care of her teenaged daughter for forty-eight hours. Hayden has had a difficult life due to addiction so when she drops out of contact and her abandoned car is found blood-speckled up on Heroin Hill, there is substantial reason to worry. Almost three decades earlier, on the night of their graduation, Jason’s best friend disappeared after a fight but continued to send cards to his parents a few times a year. The tension mounts as long ago relationships and conflicts come into focus in this atmospheric suspense novel dealing with disappearances sucks the reader in. It has much the same feel as Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey.