Saturday, March 12, 2016

#BOOK #REVIEW: The Girl You Lost. . .


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 daughter 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? 


The entire time I read this book, I cannot and would not want to imagine what any parent must feel like to lose a child, especially when that child was abducted. It’s one thing to lose your child due to unfortunate circumstances through death, because let’s face it, most parents want their children to outlive them and not the other way around. 

Simone Porter is one of those unfortunate parents whose six-month old baby, Helena, was taken from her. Actually, her infant was with her paternal grandmother who took her out for a stroll at the park to give their parents a much needed break. After all, babies can be a lot of work, and Simone and Matt were extremely young when they had their first child. Of course, nothing seemed out of the ordinary, at that time, until after what turned out to be a nice romantic evening alone with her hubby, the phone rings and their nightmare begins. Helena is missing and nowhere to be found. Those are words that no parent ever wants to hear!

As much as Simone and Matt wanted desperately for those words to be untrue, the fact of the matter was, that bell could not be un-rung. Now it’s eighteen years later, and although life went on, Simone and Matt became even closer throughout that time pulling on each other’s strength to get them through. There was absolutely nothing that could faze them—with all the nut jobs and crazies telling them they knew where their daughter was and who had her, and no matter how many times they would get their hopes up, it always turned out those individuals were wrong. 

Simone worked as a journalist for a news broadcast, while Matt was a doctor. Life was life and pretty bleak, as the standard of living goes, but one day a young girl approached Simone and relayed a story to her that she could not ignore. Life was beginning to have some zest and take on a whole new meaning. Simone was skeptical, seeing as how she’s been down that road before, but this young lady got under Simone’s skin, and the question is why now? Could this young lady that goes by the name of Grace be her long lost Helena? Simone certainly had her doubts, that is, until Grace produced something that no one ever knew about. The police deliberately left out a very small detail eighteen years ago to separate the crazies from the real abductor(s). Grace was losing Simone and she knew it, so she gave her a small toy that was given to her by her mother. Right away, Simone’s thinking there were thousands of those toys made, but something about that toy made Simone pause. Is Grace her Helena?

As the reader begins to uncover the facts of this story, you will soon discover that everything you think you know isn’t exactly as it appears. And suffice it to say, about twenty percent into the book, I had two suspects that were the likely abductors, and I turned out to be correct about one of them. This was a pretty thrilling read, but once again, it didn’t make me work too hard to figure out who and/or what was behind the abduction of Helena. In fact, it was Simone who gave it away from the very beginning. I couldn’t help but to keep wishing that I had been wrong, but I wasn’t. Depending on how closely you pay attention to the detail, you, too, will figure it out. But then, after you begin to get deeper into the characters, it’s not so much as to who did it, but why? That, folks, was the part that blew me away! The ending was bittersweet. 

There are many twists and turns to this story. It kept me engaged and wanting to learn more and more about what the hell was going on? I can definitely see this story turned into a good movie. Mello and June gives this book four stars. The story will keep you turning or tapping the pages, depending on whether you’re using paper or an eReader. It’s written very well and will keep most rooting for the protagonist. If you’re looking for a good thriller to get you through these cold winter nights, this is a must-read! Enjoy!

Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer

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