The Missing Girl
By Jenny Quintana
Published By: Mantle Books ~ 28 Dec. 2017
Review: Kelly Lacey
When Anna Flores’ adored older sister goes missing as a teenager, Anna copes by disappearing too, just as soon as she can: running as far away from her family as possible and eventually building a life for herself abroad.
Thirty years later, the death of her mother finally forces Anna to return home. Tasked with sorting through her mother’s possessions, she begins to confront not just her mother’s death, but also the huge hole Gabriella’s disappearance left in her life – and finds herself asking a question she’s not allowed herself to ask for years: what really happened to her sister?
With that question comes the revelation that her biggest fear isn’t discovering the worst; it’s never knowing the answer. But is it too late for Anna to uncover the truth about Gabriella’s disappearance?
The cover is striking and memorable, but I urge you (if like me you have the hardback version) to take a peek under the dust jacket. The blood-red cover with gold lettering on the spine is thrilling and truly spectacular.
Anna has no choice but to return home to settle her mother’s estate. She’s been hiding for so long but now she is out of excuses. The story flip-flops from current day to the 80’s. Where we get to puzzle together the fragments of the story and find out what happened to Anna’s sister Gabriella.
I was a little slow to catch the pace of the book. It’s not one to be rushed, there are details and important information as you go along. I loved the nostalgic references from the 80’s and it made me reminisce.
I liked Anna, I felt sorry for her. Her whole life defined by the death of her sister. How awful would that be? No wonder she withdrew from everything that was a reminder. But now she’s back and she is faced with the option of opening closed doors and asking what happened to her sister and getting answers.
I really enjoyed the book, it had me up until the wee hours. I had to know what happened to Gabriella and to find out if the truth will bring peace to Anna.
A brilliantly written debut novel with bite!
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