Thursday 21 January 2016

The Girls She Left Behind by Sarah Graves

The Girls She Left Behind by Sarah Graves
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Bestselling author of the Home Repair Is Homicide series
A Bantam Hardcover | On Sale January 12, 2016
Lizzie Snow is back in The Girls She Left Behind the sequel to Winter at the Door. This time, she has to find Tara Wylie a young girl that has gone missing. She has disappeared before so no one is worried at first, but then Tara's mother gets a Help Me text message from Tara and the timing couldn't be worse; kidnapper Henry Gemerle has escaped and he has previously held three girls captive for 15 years. Is he the one behind Tara's disappearance? 
I read the first book in this series at the beginning of 2015 and loved and have been looking forward to reading the next book in series since then. Lizzie Snow is still searching for her missing niece, but she is thinking of moving from Bearkill back to Boston after everything that happened in Winter at the Door, but then Tara sends a help message to her mother and she has to put every thought about the future on hold to find the girl.
This is a page-turner from the start and I loved that, it's never a dull moment, though I did feel sometimes a bit frustrated by some people's inability to tell the truth, but that's part of the story. I like that Lizzie's relationship with Dylan hasn't turned romantic and that Trey is still there a good friend and perhaps something more in the future. I especially like that this hasn't turned into a triangle drama. Lizzie's personal life is not the focus in this book, the missing girl is and that's something that I'm happy about. Of course, there are moments between Lizzie and Dylan and Lizzie and Trey. But they are not dominating the book. And, this is a series where I actually like both guys so it will be interesting to read future books to see what will happen. And, I'm very curious about Lizzie's niece that's missing, will she ever find her?
The case with the missing girl was was interesting and the story took turns that I didn't always expect and sometimes turns that I suspected. And, the ending is, well let's just say that like the first book is the ending packed with action.
You don't have to read the first book; Winter at the Door, to keep up with what is going on in this book. But the first book is really good so I recommend reading it if you get the chance.
I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!
“Graves’s dark second Lizzie Snow mystery (after 2015’s Winter at the Door) examines the ugly, soul-destroying things that mark the aftermath of a child abduction.”
Publishers Weekly 
“…[a] tense and fast-paced tale of love gone horribly and fantastically wrong.”
“An action-packed psychological thriller that readers cannot put down. Both insightful and twisted…This haunting novel is a must-read.”
RT Book Reviews (four stars)
SARAH GRAVES lives with her husband in Eastport, Maine, in the 1823 Federal-style house that helped inspire her Home Repair is Homicide books. The series and the author's real-life experience have been featured in House & Garden and USA Today.

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