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Lost Girls Paperback – January 3, 2017
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"A concise, bold crime tale that, even in its darkest moments, shines with brilliance." ~Kirkus Reviews
"This has got to be the best YA Contemporary Thriller that I have read so far this year." ~Lauren's Page Turners
"Had my heart racing the whole time!" ~Christy, Goodreads review
"I was immediately hooked on this story and finished the book as fast as I could." ~Kelly, Goodreads review
"Overall, this was a really fantastic, albeit dark, read, and I was absolutely captivated solving the mystery of her past and disappearance..." ~Olivia, Goodreads review
"I knew that Lost Girls was going to be an interesting read, but I didn't expect it to be so totally engrossing!" ~Lovey Dovey Books
"The author keeps you on the edge of your seat with the feeling of unease, with the idea that Rachel can't be safe until she remembers what happened to her." ~Jennifer, Goodreads review
"I was hooked from start to finish, and even after the book concluded, I was still ready for more...If you're looking for a book that will get you out of a reading slump and has so much intensity that you will read through the night, then you need to read Lost Girls." ~Jillian, Rant And Rave About Books
About the Author
Born in the Midwest, former magazine editor Merrie Destefano currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two German shepherds, a Siamese cat, and the occasional wandering possum. Her favorite hobbies are reading speculative fiction and watching old Star Trek episodes, and her incurable addiction is writing. She loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies, and listen to alternative music―although rarely all at the same time. www.merriedestefano.com
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Ultimately, this story is a mystery, with Rachel trying to figure out what happened to her during the two weeks she was missing, and the year before that which disappeared from her memory because of the two-week kidnapping. The clues were laid out so smoothly, each adding dimension to the story and making it come clear one puzzle piece at a time. Wonderful. Kept me turning pages until the wee hours!
The story begins with a girl in a ditch with no memory of how she got there or the last year of her life. From that point forward, she has to try to figure out what happened, how it happened, and how to prevent it from happening again all while trying to regain her memory and insert herself back into her family life. Even her bedroom doesn't look right.
It's fast-paced, with all the notes of a high school drama that pan out in thriller-fashion, and spirals to an adrenaline-rushed finish with an iconic ending that I won't spoil.
Lost Girls came out on January 3rd.
To make matters worse, she learns an entire year has passed but she has no memory of it. She is now 17. She is shocked to see that her room is now a goth haven and all her clothes are black. This is not the person she remembers herself being.
Technically a Young Adult novel, this debut book by Merrie Destefano is suspenseful enough to keep adults riveted as Rachel sets out to discover what happened to her during that missing year. The more she investigates, the more her memories return.
Destefano kept me on the edge of my seat as Rachel’s investigations lead her into the dark and seedy side of life. While what she discovers could get her killed, she ignores her fear and continues to push forward.
Despite the excellent writing, plotline, and spine-tingling suspense, Lost Girls suffers from a problem that seems to plague most indie books: the lack of a professional edit. Its numerous grammar and punctuation errors and repetitious words detract from its quality. Still, if readers can overlook these issues, they will be in for an exciting read.