Rating – 2/5 stars
Date Finished – August 10, 2017
66/120 in 2017
Publication Date – March 14, 2017
I grabbed this book from the “New Fiction” shelf at my library, intrigued by the cover and book jacket description. On a normal Fall day, Meredith Oliver leaves school and stops by a sandwich shop on her walk home, where she sees another girl from her school – the popular, beautiful Lisa Bellow. In a robbery turned kidnapping, Lisa is taken, and Meredith is left.
The book alternates from the perspective of Meredith’s mother and Meredith herself, who is struggling to carry on after Lisa’s kidnapping. This is a closely told story of a family who is devastated but also deeply, shamefully grateful that Meredith came home while Lisa did not.
I was gripped immediately by this book, but I had a hard time staying engaged to the end. I loved the close look at Meredith’s family and their dynamics, but the central action of the novel – Meredith’s visions or dreams (or whatever) – were unnecessarily convoluted and never came to any sort of resolution, and neither did the book. I love the idea of this book – the inciting incident is interesting, but the rest of the story was disappointing.