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304 pages, Hardcover
First published February 23, 2016
I become very still, trying to make myself shapeless so he’ll forget I am a GIRL, because that feels the most dangerous of all.
Statistically speaking, girls like me don’t come back when guys like Donald Jessup take us.
“Liv and me. He was looking for us, that day in the woods.”
Almost one year ago, Julia spent two days in the woods, fleeing from a man who first attacked her best friend, Liv, and then held Julia hostage after she broke her ankle saving Liv. As the anniversary of “the Shiverton Abduction” approaches, Julia struggles with PTSD, lost memories, and another mystery -- why is Liv acting so weird?I read this book mainly because it’s set in a state park located less than a kilometer from my house. A park I’ve spent a lot of time in, and hiked every trail of at least once. (Although to be fair, I live on the eastern side of the Fells, and this story takes place on the western side, where I’ve spent much less time.)
1. The pacing was perfect. I think that Kim Savage did a great job with pacing and how she ended each chapter because it always made me want to keep reading. I legit read this in about 3-4 hours total time.
2.Interesting family dynamics. I realy enjoyed the different types of family dynamics that were presented in this story. I like that both of the girls, Julia and Liv, did not come from traditional nuclear families. I like the complex emotional relationships each girl had with their mothers.
3. Media and tragedy. I like how Savage incorporated media into the story and the media exploits and twists these types of tragedies for the public who eat it up basically. I mean just look at the podcast - Serial and the countless Dateline stories that showcase these types of tragedies.