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Since She Went Away Paperback – June 21, 2016
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Praise for Since She Went Away
“[A] tantalizing thriller…Bell keeps readers on edge throughout.”—Publishers Weekly
“The totally unexpected ending alone is worth reading this thriller…an exciting read.”—RT Book Reviews
Praise for David Bell
“One of the brightest and best crime fiction writers of our time.”—Suspense Magazine
“A natural storyteller and a superb writer.”—#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Nelson DeMille
“David Bell writes spellbinding and gripping thrillers that get under your skin and refuse to let go.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Linwood Barclay
About the Author
David Bell is a bestselling and award-winning author whose work has been translated into six languages. He’s currently an associate professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He received an MA in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a PhD in American literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. His novels include Bring Her Home, Since She Went Away, Somebody I Used to Know, The Forgotten Girl, Never Come Back, The Hiding Place, and Cemetery Girl.
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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 novels: Bell is terrific at developing relationships in his stories and showing the nuances of connections between family members and friends.
Finally, I also have to note that the cover of SINCE SHE WENT AWAY is gorgeous, and I hope it catches the eye and draws in readers who have yet to discover this book and the author’s other compelling mysteries.
As with his others, SSWA is a classic whodunnit mystery with a side of character study; you always have the chance to follow along and try to solve the crimes yourself which is why I find these stories so engaging. The suspense is slow building but the interest is there from the first page; as a reader you are consistently led to a miniature reward while then returning to patience for the next reveal. The ending was a bit abrupt, but all the major questions are answered and gives closure to the reader. I was a bit surprised while reading this one as it was told in a completely different way than expected; I like how Celia’s character is left very vague and she almost takes a backseat to most characters, even though she is the focus of the main mystery. My favorite characters ended up being Jared and Sally; my only complaint was because I enjoyed Sally so much, I wish her character had somehow been worked into the few remaining chapters of the book.
All of David Bell’s novels have stunning covers, and this one is no different; I loved the pop of red in the umbrella and the smokey haze over the trees. These books are the chicken noodle soup of mysteries; they are not violent, graphic, and gory, but they contain all the intrigue of a high octane thriller and have the appeal of a cozy mystery without the storyline actually being cozy. If you’ve never given his novels a try, you really are missing out on some fantastic reads, as they have the potential to appeal to a very broad range of folks. I’m glad I picked this up when I did as it is the perfect read for cooler weather; I recommend snagging a copy and curling up by the fire with a hot cup of coffee. Well done David and cannot wait to see what you come up with next!