allLinda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Forgotten Girl” by David Bell, Berkley, December 31, 2019
Before I formally write my review of “The Forgotten Girl” by David Bell, Berkley, December 31, 2019, I would like to write a note of explanation.
I have a confession to make! I am really guilty of doing something that I warn other readers not to do. It’s really not my fault in a manner of speaking. I started reading “The Forgotten Girl” by David Bell at 11:00 PM last night and read it in one sitting. Needless to say, I am emotionally wiped out!” I should know better than to read a chilling thriller, that is intense, captivating, riveting, enthralling, exciting, and suspenseful novel late at night. I was left thinking and really disappointed that the story is over.
I love the way that David Bell tells his stories. It seems to start “What if…………… and just takes off!! I appreciate the way that the author vividly describes his characters, their actions, their motivation, and the landscape. The themes that run through this book are family, friends and their deep dark secrets. Do you really think you know someone? There are twists and turns, strange, quirky, threatening characters, bizarre occurrences, and murder.
The author describes his characters as complex and complicated. The doorbell rings and Jason Danvers opens it and is surprised to see his younger sister Hayden. Hayden had been an addict and an alcoholic and seems to have cleaned up her act. She needs to take care of private business and asks Jason and his wife Nora to watch her 17-year-old daughter. Hayden’s presence brings up bad memories for Jason.
In the past, Jason had a fight with a close friend, who just left and disappeared. Hayden had been very wild. In the present, she seems to have pulled herself together. Jason wonders “What if she really is clean.”, or “What if she is looking for trouble?” I would highly recommend this thrilling suspense novel for those readers that enjoy a thought-provoking book. Warning: Do not read before you go to sleep!!