Friday, March 06, 2020

Review: Grace is Gone by Emily Elgar

Title: Grace is Gone
Author: Emily Elgar
Published: January 2020, Harper Paperbacks
Format: ARC Paperback, 336 pages
Source: Publisher

From the bestselling author of If You Knew Her comes this harrowing tale of suspense—a story ripped from today’s headlines—of a tight-knit English community, who’s rocked by the murder of a mother and the mysterious disappearance of her daughter, and the secrets that lie concealed beneath a carefully constructed facade.

A small town’s beloved family.

A shocking, senseless crime—and the dark secret at the heart of it all.

Everyone in Ashford, Cornwall, knows Meg Nichols and her daughter, Grace. Meg has been selflessly caring for Grace for years, and Grace—smiling and optimistic in spite of her many illnesses—adores her mother. So when Meg is found brutally bludgeoned in her bed and her daughter missing, the community is rocked. Meg had lived in terror of her abusive, unstable ex, convinced that he would return to try and kidnap Grace…as he had once before. Now it appears her fear was justified.

Jon Katrin, a local journalist, knows he should avoid getting drawn back into this story. The article he wrote about Meg and Grace caused rifts within his marriage and the town. Perhaps if he can help find Grace, he can atone for previous lapses in judgment. The Nichols’ neighbor, Cara—contending with her own guilt over not being a better friend to Grace—becomes an unexpected ally. But in searching for Grace, Jon and Cara uncover anomalies that lead to more and more questions.

Through multiple viewpoints and diary entries, the truth about Grace emerges, revealing a tragedy more twisted than anyone could have ever imagined…

My thoughts: I absolutely loved this book and I went into it only reading the synopsis, not anything else and for that, I am so glad. I think this is one of those books where the less you know about it, the better. And for that every reason, my review is going to be a bit vague.

It wasn't until about halfway through that I realized where this book was going, or at least had an idea, and once I did, I knew exactly what was going on and believe it or not, was even more excited about the book. And it totally did go there and wow...what a story! It had captured my interest from the beginning, but midway, just hooked me even more. 

I loved the way the story was told, alternating between Cara's point of view, the neighbor of Meg and Grace, and Jon's point of view, a local journalist. There are also diary entries from Grace interspersed throughout that are quite eye-opening. Having the story told this way allows it to unfold layer by layer and the impact is quite powerful.

Do yourself a favor and don't read too much about this book before picking it'll thank me later. But do pick it's a fantastic read and it you are as obsessed with this subject as I am, you will definitely love this book. This is the first time I've read anything by Emily Elgar but it won't be the last.


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