As someone who occasionally downloads books from NetGalley as part of blog tours, I get the occasional prompt to consider reading whichever books they are offering for review. On a whim, I decided to grab a pre-release copy of Since She Went Away, a mystery by David Bell. I’m glad I did.
About the Book (from Amazon)
Three months earlier, Jenna Barton was supposed to meet her lifelong best friend Celia. But when Jenna arrived late, she found that Celia had disappeared—and hasn’t been seen again. Jenna has blamed herself for her friend’s disappearance every single day since then.
The only piece of evidence is a lone diamond earring found where Celia and Jenna were planning to meet, leading the national media to dub Celia “The Diamond Mom.” And even though Jenna has obsessively surfed message boards devoted to missing persons cases, she is no closer to finding any answers—or easing her guilt.
But when her son’s new girlfriend—who suddenly arrived in town without a past—disappears, a stricken Jenna begins to unwind the tangled truth behind Celia’s tragedy. And as long-buried secrets finally come to light, she discovers how completely lives can be shattered by a few simple lies.
This was a great book. Jenna’s sense of guilt, though not entirely justifiable, drives her actions throughout the story. She and her son are caring, likable and easy to relate to. The story moved along at a fast pace – so much so that I stayed up almost until dawn to finish it. If you enjoy mystery and suspense, this is one to add to your TBR list for sure. This was the first time I’ve read anything by David Bell – it won’t be the last.
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary ARC of this book from NetGalley. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.