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Some choices change everything. Scarlett chose to run. And the consequences will be deadly.

Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she's starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life.

Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocke
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Deanna
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2.5 stars

An eight year old girl was plucked off the street and held captive for almost 8 years. Eventually she was able to get away. Now seventeen and hoping for a new life as a regular teenager, Scarlett is about to start her new job at Five Banners amusement park. Scarlett is thrilled about this job as she loves comics. Her main goal is to eventually have the job wearing the costume of her favorite superhero, Skywoman.

The
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Laura
She’ll never be found. Even if they find the girl they think is Monica, even if the doctors give her the okay and she has pointy crimson nails and slathered-on mascara, she’ll never be Monica again. She might act like her, pretend to fill her life, but she’ll never be the same. That’s just what happens when you join the club.

A young girl was taken at eight years old eventually escaping her captor. Now Scarlett is seventeen starting a new summer job at the amusement park featuring her favorit
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Lala BooksandLala
May 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller-mystery
This book has been compared to We Were Liars and Vanishing Girls, and I agree - I disliked those 2 stories just the same. If you enjoyed those novels, than this may be for you as well.

The premise is so intriguing; Scarlett was kidnapped when she was younger, has escaped her captor and is looking for a normal life. But her first day at her new job, another girl goes missing and memories of her past come rushing back. I was fortunate to have received Amanda Panitch's debut novel "Damage Done" last
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Dahlia
I do not understand how Amanda Panitch's mind works but I fucking love it, and I loved this book. It's like the darkest, most twisted version of Kimmy Schmidt you can image, but set in an amusement park and minus the racism.

(As a side note, this book was really gender-spectrum inclusive in a way I don't think I've seen in a YA that isn't about gender and/or sexuality. Like, Scarlett refers to a fellow employee she sees as "an androgynous kid" and instead of pondering on said kid's gender, she j
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Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr-2016
I loved this book from page 1. I loved the amusement park setting, the dark secrets, and of course, I love a good twist. It wasn't the MOST surprising twist (as it's definitely been done before), but it was satisfying.

Can't wait to read more from Amanda Panitch!!


Hooked from page 1. The setting, the writing, the secrets & twists!!! It was everything I wanted and more.

First off, I think I'm in love with amusement park settings for YA books. Lauren Oliver's Vanishing Girls also featured a characte
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Inah
Having read Amanda Panitch's debut, Damage Done, I knew exactly what I signed up for. Damage Done is one of the best thrillers I've read last year so when I heard that she's going to write another thriller, I immediately put it on my TBR.

Panitch's writing style is simple yet effective. It hooks the reader in all the right spots which prevents them from putting down the book. That's exactly what happened to me.

WHAT I LIKED:

Apart from the writing style, the narration is amazing as well. It's not t
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
GRADE: A+

ONE WORD: Wow!

Scarlett was kidnapped and held in a basement between the ages of eight and twelve. Now, at seventeen, she begins working at an amusement park, when one if her coworkers goes missing. Another coworker, Katherina, seems to know more about Scarlett than she's willing to divulge and eerily reminds her of the years she was gone. Could there be a connection?

Amanda Panitch burst onto the YA scene last year with her debut DAMAGE DONE. NEVER MISSING, NEVER FOUND, her sophomore eff
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Tonyalee
See this review and more on my blog, Lilybloombooks

My Thoughts:
Having not read Amanda's debut novel, Damage Done - which by the way, I will be remedying soon! I wasn't sure what to expect. I love YA thrillers, but there's this lack of oomph that really gets me going lately when it comes to the genre, so needless to say I was nervous.

Fear not, my friends!

This book was brilliant. No, if's and's or buts, just brilliant.

The writing is very easy to read and pulls you in from the very beginning. Whe
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 LEAH⇢
Book Title: Never Missing, Never Found
Author: Amanda Panitch
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: YA, Thriller, Mystery
Source: Kindle E-Book (Library)

OVERALL RATING: 3.3/5 STARS

Find my full review with video included for book song at Leah's Bookish Obsession

♪♫MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG♫♪

The Game by Disturbed --Wow, this song is so very fitting…
♫Tell me exactly
What am I supposed to do?
Now that I have
Allowed you to beat me
Do you think that we could play another game?
Maybe I can win this time?♫



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Zoe
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it

Sometimes it may look like someone is doing something bad, or evil, but when you look more closely at the situation, you realize that whatever's happening may not be so bad or evil after all. It may be warranted. Maybe even good.
I've said before that Amanda Panitch one of my favorite YA mystery authors (second only to Abigail Haas), and Never Missing, Never Found solidifies that position - and then some. It's a shame her books are so relatively unknown because they are absolutely
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Jazmen
Aug 18, 2015 added it
Shelves: my-favorites
I'm sorry. I don't care what anyone says, Amanda Panitch, writes YA mystery the way it's supposed to be done.

Never Missing Never Found tells the story of Scarlett, a girl who's attempting to go back to her normal life after spending a large chunk of her childhood with a kidnapper. From the ages of about 8-15 Scarlett, lives with her captor--thinking her family doesn't want her, and never knowing the truth.

One day she gets away, and things are back to fairly normal. She gets a job at an amusement
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Lexie
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016, mystery
Can YA mystery/thrillers just take over the world already? Because let's face it...

Bwahahahaha

... you know they want to.
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Paula  Phillips
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Scarlet was a young girl, she was kidnapped along with another girl called Pixie. The two for a while were friends, but Pixie tried to push the boundaries and ended up getting the worst of punishments whereas Scarlet realized that if she complied with the rules, rewards were to be given. Years later after a struggle, they escaped except one girl died, and one lived or did they? Scarlet's family have moved, and she has gotten a job at an amusement park, but what will happen when one of the e ...more
Rissa
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never missing never found ⭐️
Scarlet was kidnapped. And that’s all you had to know about that because years of past and now she’s getting her first job at the adventure world theme park. She is trying to get back to normalcy but memories of her time while captured flood back to her.
So we get to see bits of the abduction and her time in kidnapping. But mainly we are following her life now and trying to move on that is until she finds out that another girl has gone missing. Which obviously brings
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Katherine
”You know what they say: it’s better to be missing than dead.”

2.5 out of 5 stars

And in Scarlett’s case, it may be better to be lost than to be found.

At age eight Scarlett is kidnapped on her way home from school. At her captor’s house, she is forced to work for them and do their bidding.
”I didn’t choose to join the illustrious society of missing girls. I didn’t grab an application, dot my I’s with hearts (it was third grade, okay?), and sign my name with a flourish in my newly acquired c
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Genesis Sheli (Whispering Chapters)
This review was originally posted on Latte Nights Reviews.

Scarlett is back with her family after being kidnapped as a little girl. Things with her family are going well, except with her twin sister. Scarlett wants to feel connect to her again, but she knows it's not that easy after being separated for so long. She's ready to start working at the theme park, but a blast from the past is the last thing Scarlett thought she would encounter.

WHAT I LIKED

When I started reading, I had no idea what to e
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Sharon
Random House Children's and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Never Missing, Never Found, in exchange for an honest review.

Kidnapped in third grade while standing on the sidewalk, Scarlett made a choice in the dark basement in which she was held that changed the course of her life. Now a teenager, Scarlett gets a job working at Five Banners, a superhero comic themed amusement park. A tragedy at the park brings back old memories and Scarlett is struck with the sense that something
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Trisha
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've never worked in an amusement park - I've worked in retail but never with a roller coaster riding above or the theme music playing throughout. I think it's a unique experience and definitely gave this story a wonderful undercurrent of curiosity.

Mix that in with Scarlett's horrific history and her slow recovery and you have the perfect setting for a mystery. A girl goes missing that works for the amusement park.

Has Scarlett's past come to haunt her?

I never would have guessed the end. The wri
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Leah
Never Missing Never Found is an excellent follow-up to a stunning debut and I'm thrilled to see where Amanda Panitch goes next! This novel was compulsively readable and I was turning the pages so fast they were nearly a blur. If you're looking for a juicy mystery with a killer twist at the end, look no further than Never Missing Never Found - this one is PERFECT for a day spent at the beach!

For the full review and more, head over to The Pretty Good Gatsby!
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Lauren ✨ (TheBookishTwins)
The ending was...wild. What a twist. I highly recommend if you're looking for a YA mystery.
Sandra
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Not so sure what to think here....

Scarlett got kidnapped as a little child and was held captive for several years as a slave worker. The story takes place several years after she got home and alternates between the present and the past. Things could be fine now but they are not.

This book had a very creepy atmosphere. Just all the scenes between Scarlett and her sister Melody. You could slice the tensions with a knife. And what happened to the missing girl from the park not to mention the strang
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Orlanda Machado
This book is a solid 4 to me !
I wasn’t expecting to like this book this much honestly, it was sitting on my shelves for ages and I thought I was never going to read it but today I decided to gave it a shot and I actually enjoyed it and wasn’t expecting the end of this story ...
Congratulations to the author of this book who actually made it, not for a moment I thought this is going to be the way it ended up being, for the last 100 pages I was actually thinking about giving to this book a score
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rachel ☾
This book started off so well and I think that if I had connected to the characters - particularly our protagonist, Scarlett - on any level whatsoever, I would have enjoyed this book more than I did. However, the characterisation was so lacking that it made my enjoyment of the book all but evaporate. I can understand why Panitch decided to be vague in her descriptions and development, and I do think that it did so many wonderful things for the story’s suspense levels and plotline but sacrificing ...more
Bea (Beatrice Learns To Read)
Read more of this review at Beatrice Learns To Read.

3.5 stars

Last year, Amanda Panitch's debut novel, Damage Done, blew my mind away with such a plot twist that caught me off guard and so I had always been on the watch for what's next for her. I must say that one of the reasons that I wanted to read Never Missing, Never Found was because of the author herself.

It's difficult not to compare this book from her previous title which is also in the mystery/thriller category because Damage Done really
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Becky
Oct 31, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting concept, particularly with the twist. Unfortunately the writing is not so great, the characters are unbelievable and inconsistent, and thinking about it too much uncovers a ton of plot holes. (view spoiler) ...more
Michelle
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazing-ya-books
What??? Wow!! I cant say anything except if you're looking for a mystery that will take you on a wild ride and not let you go read this book now! I cant say anything else for fear of giving away the many twists that spring for the biggest twist of all! Aggghhhh!
Celeste_pewter
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I feel like I've seen this ending before. But it was a pretty thrilling ride, and definitely worth a read.

Audrey
I hate to be the odd reviewer out, but this book was absurd, and the ending was terrible.
Justin Turczak
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thru the book I was enjoying it felt like it was going places maybe a little less you would expect of PTSD. And guy in picture and all them story to go flat. I was entertained since wanted to see what happened but yea... One thing though had me was sorta ending I didn't see coming. So can't figured if enjoyed it enough or not for 3.5- near 5 so just going with a 4
Michelle Wrona
This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!

As mentioned in every review I write for thrillers, I ADORE THEM. I love the madness that authors express when they are writing from the perspective of a character who gets really creeped out. Having read Amanda Panitch's work before, specifically Damage Done, which was pretty great in my opinion, I expected greatness coming from this one, too. Never Missing, Never Found is the COOLEST OUT OF THE COOL. A psychological
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