Book Review: The Girl Who Wasn’t There
Good Morning Everyone and Happy Monday!
I hope you had a nice relaxing weekend and are ready for the week ahead of us. I got plenty of R&R and a lot of great reading in. That’s what brings me here today. It’s book review time!
This time I read The Girl Who Wasn’t There by Nick Clausen.
Fun fact, this story was recommended by my good friend Iseult Murphy. The blurb sounded so interesting I just had to snatch it up!
So how did I enjoy this read? Scroll on down, folks!
Monsters are real. And they steal children.
A young girl disappears without a trace.
The police have no clue as to what might have happened.
The severed family is thrown into despair as weeks go by, and still no sign of her.
The girl’s older brother begins looking for her on his own.
Soon he becomes convinced that a supernatural being has taken her.
Unfortunately, it turns out he’s right …
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I gave this book four and a half stellar stars!
Wow, this book really surprised me. No, really. This is the highest rating I’ve ever given a book in 2nd POV. I did initially give a big old groan when I realized it was in second person (for some reason it’s always been my least favorite perspective and I have this annoying bias against it) but then I mentally kicked myself and forced myself to give this story a chance. I’m really glad I did!
In a nutshell, this story is about a brother Andy and his sister Rebecca. One day Rebecca goes missing outside the library and never returns. Andy is devastated, but as the days go by, he is more and more determined to find his sister. Can he put the pieces together in time to save her? Is she already dead? And most of all, do monsters really exist?
I loved this book!
First off, the characters were really great. We explore this book through a combo of Andy and Rebecca’s viewpoint, and both are distinctly different. Andy is introverted and has a slower journey of trying to figure out what happened when he can’t ignore certain elements that bug him from the day she disappeared. On the other hand, Rebecca is a bit more extroverted and we explore what happened to her as well as the constant horrors that await her after she is kidnapped. Overall, I think I liked Rebecca’s chapters just a bit more because they moved much faster, but I also loved Andy and the elements present in his chapters as well (not spoiling it for you!).
The plot was exciting and pulled me in right away. Your sister has been taken AND you think a monster did it? Hand me my torch and pitchfork! From chapter one I had to know what was going on and each little clue for Andy gave me hope that he would find Rebecca. I think plotwise Andy’s chapters were better and had more substance, but Rebecca’s gave more immediate gratification with the events that were happening. The first section of the book is Andy’s, the second is Rebecca’s, then the third section is both of their perspectives. It was a great duality and I really flipped through those pages.
If I had to pick at anything, I would say that Andy’s portion at the beginning could drag just a bit, but I really don’t have any serious complaints about this book. It was well-written (especially for 2nd POV), intriguing, and full of mystery, monsters, and action. What more could you ask for? I highly recommend this one!
That’s a Wrap!
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