Thursday, May 23, 2013

ARC review: The Longings of Wayward Girls by Karen Brown

Note: I gratefully received this book from NetGalley and Atria Books in exchange for an honest review.
Book summary(via Goodreads):
It’s an idyllic New England summer, and Sadie is a precocious only child on the edge of adolescence. It seems like July and August will pass lazily by, just as they have every year before. But one day, Sadie and her best friend play a seemingly harmless prank on a neighborhood girl. Soon after, that same little girl disappears from a backyard barbecue—and she is never seen again. Twenty years pass, and Sadie is still living in the same quiet suburb. She’s married to a good man, has two beautiful children, and seems to have put her past behind her. But when a boy from her old neighborhood returns to town, the nightmares of that summer will begin to resurface, and its unsolved mysteries will finally become clear.
This insomniac's opinion:
I am not usually a big fan of mysteries, but this novel was well written and entertaining. It did take me quite a few chapters before I truly felt interested in the characters, but around a third of the way in I found that I was taken. I voraciously finished the remaining two-thirds in a single sitting. The author did a great job of weaving the story of the past securely into the story of the present. I found the ending to be a little less than desirable and maybe a bit to tidied up for my taste, but overall a very enjoyable read.
Worth staying up all night to read?
Yes, I think so.
Rating: 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 for Goodreads.

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