Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch

 At age 8 Scarlett was abducted and given to "Stepmother" where she became a servant and was told her parents didn't want her anymore.  Scarlett's life was harsh even though Stepmother seemed to appreciate her work.  After several years with Stepmother, Scarlett was found wandering down a road and reunited with her family.  But coming home has not led to a happily ever after ending.  Scarlett's younger sister Melody doesn't seem to want to have anything to do with her despite their closeness before Scarlett's disappearance.  Also, their mother has left the family with only a vague note to explain her absence.  When she begins a new job at an amusement park, Scarlett is in for another shock:  one of her co-workers looks exactly like Pixie - another girl who was forced to be a servant at Stepmother's house.  But it doesn't seem possible since Scarlett is sure Pixie is dead.

This is one of the most difficult synopses I have ever written because there is a twist that makes it hard to describe the book fairly without giving anything away.  The twist even made it hard for me to figure out exactly what HAD happened when I finished the book.  I fell asleep last night sorting it out in my head while appreciating how the author managed to write the book without giving things away.  I was caught up in the story and raced through the book to figure out what the heck was going on!  Now that I know, I'm not sure I loved the book or story overall, but I would recommend it to readers who appreciate crime/suspense books.

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