From David Bell—bestselling author of Somebody I Used to Know and Cemetery Girl—comes a chilling novel of guilt, regret, and a past which refuses to die...
Three months earlier, Jenna Barton was supposed to meet her lifelong best friend Celia. But when Jenna arrived late, she found that Celia had disappeared—and hasn’t been seen again. Jenna has blamed herself for her friend’s disappearance every single day since then.
The only piece of evidence is a lone diamond earring found where Celia and Jenna were planning to meet, leading the national media to dub Celia “The Diamond Mom.” And even though Jenna has obsessively surfed message boards devoted to missing persons cases, she is no closer to finding any answers—or easing her guilt.
But when her son’s new girlfriend—who suddenly arrived in town without a past—disappears, a stricken Jenna begins to unwind the tangled truth behind Celia’s tragedy. And as long-buried secrets finally come to light, she discovers how completely lives can be shattered by a few simple lies.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
SINCE SHE WENT AWAY is the new book from bestselling author, David Bell. The “she” in the title is the “Diamond Mom,” Celia Walters, a wife and mother from Hawks Mill, Kentucky who disappears from a park late one night—leaving behind only one diamond earring.
Jenna Barton, Celia’s best friend, is the center of Bell’s suspenseful tale of friendships, family relationships, and the tensions that come with both. While Jenna navigates the stresses of being the primary contact for the media in her friend’s disappearance, her fifteen-year-old son, Jared, is managing his own drama. The new girl at school, Tabitha, is beautiful, interested in Jared, and proves to have a lot of secrets as well as a very controlling father.
As the plot takes the twists and turns that lead to the intense conclusion of the book, my favorite thing about David Bell’s books is as evident in SINCE SHE WENT AWAY as it has been in all of his...
I was really looking forward to this book by David Bell. I have read all the others and I thought they were great books, suspenseful and clever with well developed characters. This book was a disappointment. I expected so much more from the author based on his previous work. There were even mistakes in the book that would lead you to believe no one even proof read it. It seemed that the author struggled to come up with an ending and just tied it up for us to finish the chapter. I would not recommend.
This book seemed to be written for a teenage audience. This book contained short, stilted conversation and narrative sentences, shallow characters making bad decisions, (Really? She leaves her son alone again? After he gets beat up?), teenage sex, explanations as to why the character acted as they did after the fact, ( oh yeah, when they were kids she used to....) and a predictable plot. Poorly written and not exciting or a thriller at all.
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