Tom and Abby Stuart had everything: a perfect marriage, successful careers and a beautiful 12-year-old daughter, Caitlin. Then one day, while Caitlin was walking her dog, she vanished without a trace. For a while, her stunned parents grasped at every false hope and followed every empty lead, but the tragedy ended up changing their lives, overwhelming them with guilt and dread and shattering their marriage.
Four years later, Caitlin is found alive—dirty and disheveled yet preternaturally calm. She won’t discuss where she was or what happened. Then the police arrest a suspect connected to the disappearance, but Caitlin refuses to testify. The Stuarts are left with a devastating choice: Let the man who may be responsible for destroying their lives walk away—or take matters into their own hands. When Tom decides to try to uncover the truth for himself, he finds that nothing that has happened yet can prepare him for what he is about to discover.
“A thriller that reads like a collaboration between Michael Connelly and…Joyce Carol Oates” (Will Lavender), Cemetery Girl by David Bell is the kind of mystery you'll be thinking about—and talking about—long after the last page is turned.
Hardcover Book : 400 pages
Publisher: Nal Signet, Division of Penguin Putnam ( October 04, 2011 )
Item #: 13-421136
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.875inches
Product Weight: 15.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
The story was enjoyable. However, I really struggled with the concept of a mom wanting to "move on" after her daughter disappears. The persistence of the dad seemed far more real and believable. Most of the emotions in the book were believable and I was compelled to read until the end to see the outcome. I just couldn't give the book better than 3 stars as the writing did seem a bit contrived. However, I did enjoy the overall story line.
I wrote an article on this book at HerCircle Ezine's inContext portion of the website. I was impressed with how this book looked at the promise and peril of a missing child returning home. While some plot cliches (as if it was written for movie options) are to be found, overall, story was truly compelling and you cared about the characters. Mostly, you thought a LOT about the circumstances, and parenting itself and how we never really can know our children as we think we might. We also see how easily influenced a child might be and how vulnerable they are in development.
Reviewer: Kate R
I thought it was an ok book. I am a reader and will read a cereal box if that's all that's available at the moment BUT I did like this book. I liked how we got to see how they all were really feeling inside. I felt for them all a true sadness. I thought it was worth reading and would let others know to give it a shot>
I started reading this book and finished it the same day. I really wanted a happy ending, but that never happened. And that is usually how it goes in life. I liked how the book showed the uglier side of peoples reactions, which is very realistic. But I was very disappointed in the ending. Because as another person wrote on here, nothing actually happens throughout the story.