Saturday, October 8, 2011

Cemetery Girl by David J Bell

Four years after Tom and Abby's 12-year-old daughter vanishes, she is found alive but strangely calm. When the teen refuses to testify against the man connected to her disappearance, Tom decides to investigate the traumatizing case on his own. Nothing can prepare him for what he is about to discover.(Synopsis from Goodreads)

Cemetery Girl was an addictive novel, that kept me up till 3 in the morning to reach the conclusion.  Bell weaves a believable tale of a parent’s worst nightmare. He delivers it with an authentic voice in Tom Stuart.

Protagonist Tom Stuart, father of Caitlin and husband of Abby tells this riveting story from his perspective.  The story is broken into three parts.  The first part deals with events leading up to Caitlin’s disappearance. The second takes us through the aftermath and how it impacts them.   In the third part of the book Caitlin returns, thin, dirty and silent.  She is changed; gone is their beautiful vibrant daughter.  This isn’t how they imagined her return, and Tom is still seeking answers.
This story while fictional could be ripped from the headlines of any news paper. It gives us an in-depth look at the chilling horror of having your child abducted.  Tom and Abby are flawed, both as humans and parents. I would be naïve to believe I was a perfect parent. I think we all question ourselves. Bell’s characters show us their raw emotions. They give voice to unspeakable thoughts making this all the more surreal.  While this isn’t a Stephen King novel, the tale is so real, so horrible that you will find yourselves checking on your kids in the middle of night.
Cemetery Girl will leave its mark on the reader. The next headline of a child’s abduction will draw you back in and make you think about the unthinkable.  I will unquestionably be reading more of David J Bell’s work.
I gave this book 4 coffee cups out of 5.

Buy here : B&N or here: Amazon
Author website: David J Bell

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At October 8, 2011 at 10:54 AM , Blogger Literary Chanteuse said...

Wow this sounds like a powerful story!

At October 8, 2011 at 1:22 PM , Blogger Pam said...

Great review and I can't wait to sink my teeth not this one.


At October 8, 2011 at 2:59 PM , Blogger Pam said...

Sink my teeth INTO this one!!!!!!! HAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

At October 8, 2011 at 7:05 PM , Blogger Stormi said...

Sounds like a interesting one! Thanks for stopping by my blog and following me. I am following you back. :)

At October 9, 2011 at 12:29 PM , Blogger Susan said...

Really was impressed with your thoughts and feelings about "Cemetery Girl" My Laptop has a boo boo,so I couln't post my Blackberry just can't post on BN..Will hv it back on Wed..Remember As a Cardholder of GP..We have each others back..Must agree with Pam..I am putting The Cemetery Girl on my me Would PM you,but can't BN NEEDS an App...on twitter. VTCozy...Susan

At March 10, 2012 at 8:12 AM , Blogger Andra Lyn said...

I love those books that keep you up late at night...even if you feel like you've got the worlds worst hangover when you wake up lol. Thanks for the great review!

At May 30, 2012 at 11:18 AM , Blogger The Literary Darling said...

Oh I don't know if I can handle child abduction. I'm already crazy overprotective of my kiddos. I check on them all through the night already! If I read this, I might drive myself crazy and never sleep!


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