The Girl You Lost
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Eighteen years ago your baby daughter was snatched. Today, she came back. A sinister and darkly compelling psychological thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Girl With No Past. Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them. Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace – and can Simone trust her? When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her baby and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts. Simone is inching closer to the truth but it’ll take her into dangerous and disturbing territory. Simone lost her baby. Will she lose her life trying to find her? Read what people are saying about The Girl You Lost ‘Oh my gosh! What a stunning story. I couldn’t put this book down and devoured it over a weekend . . . Giving a 5 star rating has never been easier.’ StefLoz Book Blog ‘WOW!! This book left me speechless! Completely threw me for a loop!! I seriously could not put this book down.’ My Own Jackpot ‘WOW this book was intense! . . . amazing and so disturbing all at the same time . . . So many times I would say “OH MY GOD" out loud.’ Steph and Chris’s Book Review ‘This is the best book I think I have read in a long time. I was completely hooked from start to finish . . . made me cry, laugh, scream, beg, and plead at the characters within this book and kept me guessing right till the end. Amazing!!!! If you only read one book in your life. Make it this one.’ Joss Dreaming of Publication ‘Wow, I am still trying to pick my jaw up off the floor after this ending. It is so creepy crazy. There was absolutely no way I saw the ending coming . . . I'm still stunned and I finished reading the book 30 minutes ago and I've had two cigarettes! . . . This was one thrilling ride . . . I strongly in all sincerity recommend this book!’ The Reading Room ‘I still I have that "I didn't see that coming" feeling … excellent.’ Sarah’s Cozy Book Nook ‘OMG it is good, it is better than good it is mind-blowing . . . I absolutely loved it and devoured this in one evening. I simply could not put it down . . . I was on the edge of my seat having palpitations . . . This is one hell of a gripping story so if you love psychological thrillers then this is a must read for 2016. I am giving this an easy 5 massive well-deserved stars.’ Chelle’s Book Reviews ‘Had me gripped from the first few pages, and at no point does the story disappoint. Love a good twist? This is the ULTIMATE thriller.’ The Bookshelf Blog ‘The suspense is epic in Kathryn Croft’s latest novel. The fear and dread she generates is for me what makes her one of THE best thriller writers. The shocks just keep coming and the ending is just how I wanted to it to be. It’s just perfect.’Postcard Reviews ‘A powerhouse of emotions . . . Put simply, it’s wickedly engaging, and one I’d absolutely recommend.’ Little Bookness Lane ‘This book really surprised me. Considering the fact that I have read more thriller books and watched more thriller/mystery shows than I can count I have pretty much resigned myself to the fact that nothing could surprise me any more. Guess what?? This book has taught me there are still books out there in the mystery genre that could surprise me . . . I would recommend this book to all the mystery lovers out there. I don't remember the last time I enjoyed a thriller/mystery genre book this much.’ Nair the Critique
Simone Porter and her husband, Matt, have rebuilt their lives after the abduction of their six-month old daughter, Helena, eighteen years ago, but when a mysterious young woman, Grace. appears claiming to have information about Helena, then disappears herself, Simone will risk everything to find out the truth.
The child star of E.T. describes her own nightmarish descent into alcohol and drug addiction--habits that were encouraged by her unique lifestyle--and her decision to enter therapy at age thirteen.
Anne Ursu, author of the National Book Award nominee The Real Boy, returns with a story of the power of fantasy, the limits of love, and the struggles inherent in growing up. When you’re an identical twin, your story always starts with someone else. For Iris, that means her story starts with Lark. Iris has always been the grounded, capable, and rational one; Lark has been inventive, dreamy, and brilliant—and from their first moments in the world together, they’ve never left each other’s side. Everyone around them realized early on what the two sisters already knew: they had better outcomes when they were together. When fifth grade arrives, however, it's decided that Iris and Lark should be split into different classrooms, and something breaks in them both. Iris is no longer so confident; Lark retreats into herself as she deals with challenges at school. And at the same time, something strange is happening in the city around them, things both great and small going missing without a trace. As Iris begins to understand that anything can be lost in the blink of an eye, she decides it’s up to her to find a way to keep her sister safe.
Promises Beth thought marrying gentleman farmer Edgar Collins would rescue her from a life of endless servitude, but her future would be bleaker than she could ever imagine . . . Pain When the legitimacy of her twin babies is questioned, the tiny infants are sent far away. James is adopted by Edgar's uncle, the very wealthy Lord Redfern, master of Redfern Abbey. But Daisy is sent to a cold-hearted childless couple who raise her to be a maid, rather than a daughter. Passion When Daisy, at sixteen, finally escapes her hard life with her adoptive brother Boyd, they arrive at the Abbey to seek work. Little does Daisy know that her flesh and blood is the next in line to be lord of the Abbey. There is a strange connection between Daisy and James, something they can neither explain nor ignore. But will the truth be discovered in time?
Eva's life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. She was made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her "other," if she ever died. Eva spends every day studying that girl from far away, learning what Amarra does, what she eats, what it's like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready. But sixteen years of studying never prepared her for this. Now she must abandon everything and everyone she's ever known—the guardians who raised her, the boy she's forbidden to love—to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive. What Eva finds is a grief-stricken family; parents unsure how to handle this echo they thought they wanted; and Ray, who knew every detail, every contour of Amarra. And when Eva is unexpectedly dealt a fatal blow that will change her existence forever, she is forced to choose: Stay and live out her years as a copy or leave and risk it all for the freedom to be an original. To be Eva. From debut novelist Sangu Mandanna comes the dazzling story of a girl who was always told what she had to be—until she found the strength to decide for herself.
"Shadows were meant to stay stuck, like ears and promises." On the morning of Gail's birthday, she watches her shadow slip under the kitchen door. She's not surprised it decided to leave. Her dad has gone for good. Her big sister Kay, once Gail's best friend, has disappeared into sadness – and now her shadow has left too. Determined to make things right, Gail chases after the shadows. But her adventures take her to unexpected places and she soon discovers that where there are shadows, there's darkness, and that she's not the only one looking for something missing... In a world of light and shadow, despair and hope sit side by side. Can Gail recover what the sisters have lost? A lyrical, immersive, and luminous tale of sisterhood, The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow tells of bravery, the power of friendship, and being strong enough to ask for help when we really need it. Emily Ilett, winner of the 2017 Kelpies Prize, is an arresting, vital new voice in children's literature.
For Poni, life in her small village in southern Sudan is simple and complicated at the same time. Stay in school. Beat up any boy who tries to show attention. Watch out for the dangers in the river. But then the war comes. And when soldiers arrive in her village, and bombs begin to rain from the sky, there is only one thing for Poni to do. Run. Run for her life. Poni does run from the bombs, and though many of the villagers do not escape, she does. An unknown man carries her across the river in the dark, and then she is walking — a long, dusty trek across the east African countryside with thousands of refugees. Along the way, many die from starvation, land mines, wild animals and despair, but Poni does not, driven by the sheer will to survive and the hope that she can somehow make it to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, and one day be reunited with her family. She does make it to Kakuma, where she is almost overwhelmed by misery that surrounds her. Only Lokure, a boy from her village, can give her the emotional and intellectual sustenance that she craves as much as food. But when her foster mother makes plans to exchange her in marriage for a meager dowry, Poni realizes that she must leave the camp at any cost. Her destination is a compound in Nairobi run by the strict Sister Hannah. There, if she is lucky, she will be able to continue her education and even, one day, convince authorities that she is worthy to go to the land of opportunity called America. Even more than the dramatic events of the story, it is Poni’s frank and single-minded personality that carries this novel. She is willing to do whatever it takes to live, but she certainly doesn’t escape survivor’s guilt. In a heartbreaking final twist, she finds her mother just as she is about to leave for the US, and must make the hardest decision of all.
Rachel Friedman has always been the consummate good girl who does well in school and plays it safe, so the college grad surprises no one more than herself when, on a whim (and in an effort to escape impending life decisions), she buys a ticket to Ireland, a place she has never visited. There she forms an unlikely bond with a free-spirited Australian girl, a born adventurer who spurs Rachel on to a yearlong odyssey that takes her to three continents, fills her life with newfound friends, and gives birth to a previously unrealized passion for adventure. As her journey takes her to Australia and South America, Rachel discovers and embraces her love of travel and unlocks more truths about herself than she ever realized she was seeking. Along the way, the erstwhile good girl finally learns to do something she's never done before: simply live for the moment.