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The Forgotten Girl

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  3,235 ratings  ·  501 reviews
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
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by NAL
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Hayley Robichaud I agree with all of the reviews below. The plot itself wasn't bad. The characters were SO BORING. Too much dialogue... I would estimate about 100…moreI agree with all of the reviews below. The plot itself wasn't bad. The characters were SO BORING. Too much dialogue... I would estimate about 100 pages of unnecessary dialogue (are you ok? are you sure you're ok?).

It was good enough that I read the whole thing... but the lack of depth in the characters was irritating. Would not recommend.(less)

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Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
*I received a copy of this book through a GoodReads giveaway*

The Forgotten Girl's Jason Danvers might be the most bland protagonist ever. Also, the "revelations" he experiences at the end of the book just make him seem like an imperceptive blockhead.

I'd estimate that 350 of this book's 400-ish pages are dialogue. I don't mind dialogue-heavy books, but this author seems to insist we listen in on EVERY word these characters utter - every single, "Are you OK?" "Yeah." Every, "What happened?" "I do
Diane S ☔
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 During high school they were inseparable friends, but all that would change on the night of their graduation. What happened that night would come back to haunt them in the future.

A good mystery/thriller of buried secrets, where each person has part of the puzzle and only a few know all. How well does one really know the friend one grew up with? Can a person ever really change?

Good characters, strong story line and many twists and turns made this one a very good read.

ARC from publisher.

Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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 guarantee
Hayden's life is finally on track. Or so it seems. She is in the middle of mending her life when she shows up on her brother's door asking him and his wife to watch her daughter, Sierra, while she takes care of a few things in town. She soon becomes a missing person with many unanswered questions. Is she in trouble? Did she leave on her own accord with no intentions of returning?

While searching for Jason's missing sister, police identify a body belonging to his best friend that he hasn't seen s
Jul 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: giveaways
Just couldn't finish it, but did read about three-fourths in. The problem is my attention just completely wandered as I read this book and suddenly I was reading without comprehending. I should have stopped reading much earlier.

My issue with the book is the overall 'talkiness' of it. I read a lot, maybe too much, and one of my fav. genres is mysteries. And, yes, mysteries by their nature are often dialogue-rich and people are often talking about doing something or they did something or they're g
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways-won
Jason and Nora, his wife, have moved from New York back to his hometown, Ednaville. Jason is asked about his best friend, Logan, if he knew for sure that he disappeared on graduation night after they had a fight over a girl, whose name is Regan. Only to have is wild addict younger sister, Hayden, to show up at his house to leave her daughter, Sirrea, to stay with them for 48 hours. Until she takes care of business in Ednaville. Hayden disappears and things start to unravel in Jason's life, abou ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I gave this one 3 stars because I really like David Bell as an author, but this was not his finest work.

The book opens with Jason as a teenager being interviewed by police regarding the disappearance of his best friend, Logan. They were fighting over mutual love interest Reagan and Logan threw a punch that we are supposed to wonder throughout the book of it killed him.

Fast forward 25 years or so-Jason and his wife Nora have moved back to his hometown in Ohio after suffering financial difficult
Lenissa Davis
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This is the first book I ever read from Mr. Bell and I can't believe that I was missing out on such an amazing author. I love his writing style, his portrayal of these amazingly flawed characters. The plot was something I never read before, the setting, which was in a small town in Ohio, was unique for me as well, because I never read book that took place in Ohio. The story pacing was great, though there were times it was slow, but picked right back up.

I can't really say who my favorite characte
Mar 22, 2015 rated it liked it
David Bell at his best is on par with Coben as one of my favorite mystery thriller writers. Both specialize in domestic mysteries, smaller stories, close to home. Both can keep the pages turning. Thing is Coben surprises, even wows occasionally, with his plot twists and turns. Bell seems to take a more straight forward approach. Although that isn't really the problem with this book so much as just the smallness of the mystery. It's very well written, Bell's books are primarily dialogue driven an ...more
Elyse Walters
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.6 rating from me -- This was a fun-page-turning mystery --(not without a few flaws in my opinion --but enjoyable just the same).

It was my first book by David Bell: (A First-reads-give-a-way). THANK YOU! --I'll read another book by 'Bell'. (quick escape enjoyment). Even in the couple of spots when I'm shaking my head -- "no way would Sierra say that", I 'still' wanted to know what was coming next. It was nice to know a few things were 'not' as I expected. A couple of things I 'did' predict. (Al
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
It's been a while since I've read a mystery, but "The Forgotten Girl" didn't fall into a pattern I recognized. It wasn't like there were a bunch of clues doled out so the reader could fit them into the puzzle. Stuff just happened and mere snippets of evidence were handed out with most of the stuff coming to light at the end of the book.

You could make the argument that it's a character driven piece, but that would require the characters, at least the main one, to be interesting and that clearly w
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
In David Bell’s new novel, The Forgotten Girl, Jason Danvers has moved from New York City to Ednaville, Ohio, the small town where he grew up with his younger sister Hayden, and the last place he thought he would live as an adult. Hayden has long since left Ednaville, and she has broken all ties with Jason in exchange for a life of addiction. Jason and his wife, Nora, have settled into their jobs and the slower pace of Ednaville, and they’ve reconnected in a way that their lives in New York didn ...more
Sarah Vigen
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
I won this ARC from Goodreads! The first book I've won and I was so excited to get it!!!! However, the book itself was lacking in excitement.
The prologue was great and I thought it would be a book hard to put down. But the story was drawn out and the characters were flat. I never felt the tension or intrigue that should have been a part of this mystery. The writing style was one I don't enjoy, characters asking themselves question after question after question. Almost like the author is trying t
Thelma Fountain
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a real page turner! I could not stop reading. David Bell can spin a good story this was my first book by this author but I will read more of his work.
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Forgotten Girl by David Bell is a highly recommended novel that explores past secrets and the bonds between family and friends.

In The Forgotten Girl, Jason Danvers and his wife, Nora, have relocated to his home town of Ednaville, Ohio, after he lost his job in NYC. Jason left Ednaville after he graduated from high school 27 years earlier when he and his best friend Logan, had a fist fight over a mutual friend, Regan. Logan disappeared that night, everyone presumed he left town since he had b
Amy Adams
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Oh my goodness so much dialogue! And it didn't flow well. Too much time having the characters say things about other characters rather than showing us a well developed character. Speaking of characters, there wasn't really one that was well developed other than Jason and I just couldn't get into Hayden and Sierra at all! It was all a bit predictable and if a character does something stupid then yup...there will be trouble. And the title. Who is the Forgotten Girl? I can't speculate here because ...more
Linda Bourg
This is the first novel i read by David Bell, i am not much into suspense, crime, drama books, But i must say this book had me hooked from the beginning. Very intresting plot, with lots of mystery and guessing to it. I could use less of the foul language as in most secular books. But all in all i really enjoyed the storyline. It was certainly a page turner, always wanting to know what happens next. I do recommend this book to suspense lovers. I also think there should of been an epilogue at the ...more
Sally Lindsay-briggs
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
This novel was a Goodreads Giveaway free book. I was very happy to receive it but not as happy in the literal reading of it. It started out kind of slow, it promised to get better, but even at the what is usually exciting end, it kind of whimpered while resolving all the mysteries. The lost were found and secrets were revealed. The main character, Jason, seemed very real but his wife, sister and niece seemed rather uninspired.
Nancy Baker
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Jason and Hayden are siblings. They were raised in the same house by the same parents, yet their lives took different turns.

Jason has been plagued by a haunting memory surrounding his high school graduation night. He eventually moved to New York City where he married and began a career. With his marriage showing fracture lines, he and his wife decide to move back to Jason's small home town and try to make a second go of it.

Hayden has purposely distanced herself from her family for years. Alcoh
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'd like to start off by saying this is an ARC won by Goodreads giveaway. I believe it's due to come out some time in October 2014

This book was AWESOME!! It was a page turner well into wee hours of the night and there were times I just couldn't put it down!! I didn't really understand the meaning of the title for this book, until the very end. Just as I thought I had things figured out, a new twist and another after that and so on

It's the story of a an older brother, Jason & his younger, not
Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Review also found at

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher NAL Trade via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is October 7, 2014.

This story is marketed as a suspense novel and delivers on that front. From the start you are caught up in a mystery that is 27 years old. Questions arise from the get go.

The reader enters Jason world where he is reminded of the disappearance of his high school best frien
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book through Goodreads: First Reads.

I was actually mildly surprised at how quickly this book grabbed my attention. It was well written and fairly well-paced, especially one with so much dialogue (but I don't mind that, better than pages and pages of never ending details that leave nothing to the imagination).

The overall story-line was not a particularly original one, but it was written quite well and with a few added flourishes to it to make it Bell's own. I was enterta
Dee Lawson
Jul 30, 2014 rated it liked it
I was so excited to read this book. The first few pages I had a bit of trouble getting into the book but I was determined to stay with it. It seemed to pick up pace and I became interested. There seemed to be so many characters and some of the interactions are blah. Jason and his wife's relationship is difficult to read, is there any love there at all? It felt so cold between the two of them.

I kept reading and found the book to be very predictable. I seemed to know what was going to happen. Als
Anna Marie
Aug 01, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a goodreads giveaway that I won.
I have to say it was a good book, since it's not something I would normally read. It has it's good and bad points.
It took me a little while to get into it, and and at times it was a little slow. I think part of the problem was the dialogue. It went on and on at times. Some of it could have been cut out.
One the good points, it was a good story. Once I got into it, I was eager to finish.
Over all it was a good read!
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC of this book from Goodreads. Thank you goodreads. I feel I'm being generous with the two star rating. The basic plot has some merit but the book is filled with pages upon pages of mind numbing dialogue that tends to run along the line of "See spot run" "jane sees spot". You get the picture. The characters are as flat and uninspiring as the dialogue. And the plot whimpers to a close at the end.
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Jason's best friend Logan leaves town (disappears?) graduation night. Twenty-seven years later, Jason's estranged sister, Hayden, shows up asking him to watch her daughter for forty-eight hours while she makes amends. Past and present collide as Jason tries to find Hayden when she doesn't return and not everyone will survive.

Calling Jason obtuse is an understatement. He may be the most clueless literary character ever to try to solve a mystery. He's also jerky, judgmental and selfish as is his w
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another good book by David Bell. In this one, Jason's sister Hayden has been an alcoholic for most of her life. The family rarely sees her, indeed it has been five years since Jason has. All the sudden, a clean, sober Hayden shows up on his doorstep. She asks a favor, please watch her 17 year old daughter Sierra while she tries to make amends with some people. Things soon go wrong, and Jason discovers that Hayden is involved with the disappearance of his best friend 27 years ago on graduation ni ...more
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
I won this book as a pre-release giveaway, and initially I thought I was going to really enjoy it. As I was about 150 pages in, I started to get frustrated. There was so much dialogue, and none of it seemed to flow naturally or be an accurate reflection of real, everyday conversation. It also didn't let the reader infer anything, some of it being unnecessary verbage. There was a lot of, "so that was why I went/did/felt..." And unnatural segues like, "You see, that's why..." Who says, "You see??? ...more
May 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
I won a copy of this book from Goodreads' First Reads.

I have done really well with the giveaways I've won. With the exception of only one or two, I've really enjoyed all the books I've won and it's introduced me to many authors with whom I was unfamiliar. That's why I hate to give a bad review to a First Reads book, because I'm really so appreciative of those I've won. Oh well.

Let me preface this by saying I read a lot of mysteries/thrillers. I am not being a book snob and downgrading a genre
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David Bell is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning suspense novelist. His most recent thriller from Berkley/Penguin is LAYOVER. His previous novels include SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER, BRING HER HOME, SINCE SHE WENT AWAY, SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW, THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, NEVER COME BACK, THE HIDING PLACE, and CEMETERY GIRL. He is currently an Associate Professor of English at Western Kentucky University a ...more
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