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#BookReview Grace is Gone by Emily Elgar

Hello, book dragons! It has been a while… 😦 I don’t know what is happening lately, I feel very lazy when it comes to writing reviews. 😦 Do you get that? How do you deal with it? I felt quite motivated today (or maybe it’s just coffee having an effect 😀 ), so here is a review of the book, inspired by a true story. Enjoy! 😉

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Thank You very much to the publisher – Sphere for the review copy.
ISBN13: 978-0751578980
Genre:  Psychological Thrillers
Release date: 20 02 2020
Price*: Kindle £6.99 (GBP)/  Hardback £16.99 (GBP)
Kindle $9.06 (USD)/ Hardback $18.06 (USD)
Pages: ~ 352
My rating: 7/10
You can get this book here:
Amazon UK
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What I learned from this book: We do not know what is happening inside other people’s homes.

Description of the book: Meg and her daughter Grace are the most beloved family in Ashford, the lynchpin that holds the community together.

So when Meg is found brutally murdered and her daughter missing, the town is rocked by the crime. Not least because Grace has been sick for years – and may only have days to live.

Who would murder a mother who sacrificed everything, and take a teenager away from the medication that could save her life? Everyone is searching for an answer, but sometimes the truth can kill you . . .

How this book made me feel: This novel is inspired by a true story, and on my proof, it tells who’s story it is based on, that kind of ruined the reading experience for me. 😦 But do not worry, I am not going to spoil it for you! 🙂

This novel is told by Cara and Jon, two completely different characters. Cara is Grace’s friend and neighbour, her mom was best friends with Grace’s mother Meg. Cara knows Grace quite well, but was it well enough though? That is what she keeps asking herself over and over again. Jon is a journalist, who is trying to save his breaking family, and he has this strange obsession with Meg and Grace, he wants to find Grace, but I didn’t really understand why? Meg and Grace kind of ruined his life. I liked Jon and his parts of this book more, he was more interesting with his family drama and his past. Cara’s journey was okayish, she was very repetitive with all the regret about Grace, that I found quite irritating. It was very interesting to see how Meg and Grace had the community in their grip, by just being there.

The narrative was well delivered, I liked the investigation Cara and Jon were doing, as well as discovering more about Grace and Meg as the pages fly by. Even though Grace is missing, she plays very important part in this search through her diary, that was very intriguing to read. The plot is pretty slow for about half of the book and I needed more pace and suspense, but it does pick up towards the end of the book, with quite intriguing twists and turns, so don’t give up on it. 😉

The setting of this book constantly changes, depending on the characters and the memories shared. I liked the length of the chapters, it wasn’t too long, and different perspectives made this book quite easy to read. The ending of the book was very good, but it has unanswered questions that kind of left me not fully satisfied with the outcome.

So, to conclude, it is a good psychological thriller about a very strong mother-daughter bond, filled with quite disturbed characters, tight community, and the need to find out what happened to this poor disabled girl. Even though I had the spoilers, I liked this book and it had to offer to the reader, and I recommend to give this book a go, it will leave you quite shocked. 😉 Enjoy!

Thank You for Your time!<3

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About the author: She is a British novelist living in Lewes, England with her husband and son.

She has always written, but she became a novelist when Frank – a man with locked-in syndrome in her first novel If You Knew Her – wouldn’t leave her alone until she’d written about him.

She then wrote Grace is Gone because she was gripped by a true crime that happened in America and she wanted to learn more about the issues the stories raised in her mind – mostly about revenge and justice – and whether the ultimate crime can ever be justified.

*-the price was taken from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com on the current date. The price might change at the time of your purchase. The links used in this post for book purchases are affiliates.

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