Review: The Forgotten Girl by David Bell @DavidBellNovels @BerkleyPub #giveaway

Release date: October 7, 2014

Publisher: Berkley NAL

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


If you liked Gone Girl, don’t miss this twist-filled thriller…

The past has arrived uninvited at Jason Danvers’s door… 

…and it’s his younger sister, Hayden, a former addict who severed all contact with her family as her life spiraled out of control. Now she’s clean and sober but in need of a desperate favor—she asks Jason and his wife to take care of her teenage daughter for forty-eight hours while she handles some business in town.

But Hayden never returns.

And her disappearance brings up more unresolved problems from Jason’s past, including the abrupt departure of his best friend on their high school graduation night twenty-seven years earlier. When a body is discovered in the woods, the mysteries of his sister’s life—and possible death—deepen. And one by one these events will shatter every expectation Jason has ever had about families, about the awful truths that bind them and the secrets that should be taken to the grave. 

When the opportunity presented itself to participate in a special “tour before the tour” in honor of Bell releasing his seventh novel and to highlight his earlier work, I knew I had to take it! I’ve teamed up with the publisher to host an awesome giveaway, one lucky duck will win a copy of both TFG and BHH! Entry form is at the end of this post. Bring Her Home is out next month, stay tuned for my review of that, but for now read on to see what I thought about The Forgotten Girl


The premise of this book hooked me instantly, I’m always drawn to books that have a past mystery merging with one in the present day and with the addition of a missing person, I’m all in! Maybe it’s because the possibilities are endless in terms of where the misper is and what actually happened to them, but these types of mysteries are always one of my go to choices. Then, you have the bonus of it being a Bell novel and his books are guaranteed fantastic reads, true page turners. 

Bell shines the brightest in how well drawn his characters are, he writes people that are ordinary citizens that are placed in extraordinary circumstances. There is nothing far fetched about these scenarios, they’re wholly believable, something that could truly happen to anyone and I think that is exactly why I love his work so much. Jason and Nora are an average couple in their forties living back in his hometown of Ednaville after spending some time in NYC. They don’t have any children and live a peaceful, sedate lifestyle for the most part. As the hits kept coming for the couple, I found myself wondering what I or my husband would do in the same situation and most of what Jason did was easy to understand and identify with. 

This was a compelling read, I kept wondering where the heck Hayden was and if she was alright and I also wondered how what happened on Jason’s graduation night would all tie in. It was a constant guessing game, exactly what I crave when I’m reading a mystery. It’s a multilayered story with good old small town secrets and a tightly wound plot. Bell is such a great writer, the pages just fly by as you get caught up in his characters lives. 

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy. 

About Bring Her Home: 

In the breathtaking new thriller from David Bell, bestselling author of Since She Went Away and Somebody I Used to Know, the fate of two missing teenage girls becomes a father’s worst nightmare…. 

Just a year and a half after the tragic death of his wife, Bill Price’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Summer, and her best friend, Haley, disappear. Days later, the girls are found in a city park. Haley is dead at the scene, while Summer is left beaten beyond recognition and clinging to life.

As Bill holds vigil over Summer’s bandaged body, the only sound the unconscious girl can make is one cryptic and chilling word: No. And the more time Bill spends with Summer, the more he wonders what happened to her. Or if the injured girl in the hospital bed is really his daughter at all.

When troubling new questions about Summer’s life surface, Bill is not prepared for the aftershocks. He’ll soon discover that both the living and the dead have secrets. And that searching for the truth will tear open old wounds that pierce straight to the heart of his family…


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10 thoughts on “Review: The Forgotten Girl by David Bell @DavidBellNovels @BerkleyPub #giveaway

  1. hatmakerlibby says:

    Love these types of stories and the mysteries involved in them this review really has me ready to read all of his books great reviews and ty for sharing with us

    Liked by 1 person

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