What can I say about this latest novel from Megan Miranda other than it’s pure gold? Truly, it’s along the lines of “Run and grab this one as fast as you can and be prepared to stay up way past your bedtime to finish it.”
Nic dreads returning to her hometown. But she can’t avoid it after being summoned by her brother. He needs her help to make arrangements for their aging father. Her plan is to get in and out as quickly as possible, get back to her life as she knows it. History, however, has other ideas…
You see, there’s a reason she left in such a hurry all those years ago. Was it the devastating disappearance of her best friend, Corinne? Or was it something else? Whatever the cause, it’s still there after all these years. Dark secrets don’t stay hidden forever. And once you start digging, well, it’s just a matter of time until everything is out in the open. Or maybe not.
Megan Miranda has written an outstanding thriller, making me want to read all of her others. Bonus points on originality for this one as the story is told in reverse. I wasn’t sure how that was going to work at first, but by the end it all came together. A must-read for fans of suspenseful, well-told stories!
Buy It Now: All the Missing Girls
Young adult novels are all the rage these days for readers of all ages. Almost every topic has been covered, from the inevitable end of the world to bullying to love gone wrong. This first novel by Mary Jennifer Payne is both similar but different enough from others to make it worth reading.
Just as fifteen-year-old Edie is beginning to settle into a somewhat “normal” life, she and her mom, Sydney, must leave their home once again. Almost everything gets left behind, even Edie’s beloved cat, Peaches. She understands the reason they must flee yet another home, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Still, she’s a strong girl who goes along with her mom’s new plans willingly. However, when Sydney doesn’t come home after working her first shift at a new job, Edie fears the worst. Has their past caught up with them? Should Edie trust the authorities to help find her mom or is she utterly, completely on her own?
This was a quick, engaging book that had me sitting down to finish it in one evening. The author pulls you in from the moment Edie and her mom go on the run and holds you captive until the very end. It’s easy enough to guess that they’ve been victims of domestic abuse, most likely at the hands of Edie’s father. But there’s still enough of the unknown to make it an intriguing story. The characters are both likable and entirely believable, which is not very common in young adult literature these days. It’s also a fairly safe read for teens with just the hint of past and future violence. Add this one to your list of debut releases from promising new authors!
Buy It Now: Since You’ve Been Gone