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The Girl Who Came Back

(Andee Lawrence Series #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,681 ratings  ·  165 reviews
For readers of Diane Chamberlain and Heather Gudenkauf comes a gripping novel of suspense about a mother determined to avenge her daughter’s murder—no matter the cost to her husband, to her family, and to herself.
When Jules Bright hears a knock on the door, the last person she expects to find is a detective bringing her the news she’s feared for the last three years.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Ballantine Books (first published February 11th 2016)
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Irena BookDustMagic
„In her heart she knew what Aileen was thinking, it was what she was thinking too, but neither of them was prepared to speak the words aloud in case fate overheard and turned them into an unthinkable reality.“

This is the story about family tragedy.
This is the story about shattered lives.
This is the story about injustice.
This is the story about the girl who came back.

Starting this novel with a prologue, Susan Lewis introduces Amelia to us as a nine year old girl, but even from those few pages
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Girl Who Came Back by Susan Lewis is a 2016 Ballantine publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This remarkable story delves into the raw emotions a couple endures after their only child is murdered, but also paints a portrait of a cold, calculating sociopath in Amelia Quentin that will send chills down your spine, while examining the effects the crime has on an entire community, but also adds just a little touch of fant
Dale Harcombe
May 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Two and a half stars.
Jules Bright is outraged to hear that the person who destroyed her family and marriage is being released from prison after serving only three years. It seems far too little for taking the life of her daughter Daisy in such a violent way. Not only is Amelia Quentin being released, she is coming back to the area. Amelia Quentin is a cold blooded killer and we learn this right from the first chapter when she was still a child. How can Jules possibly deal with having her daughte
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this read which although it is set in Kesterley and quite heavily features Andee Lawrence from Behind Closed Doors is a standalone novel. Amelia Quentin is being released from prison and is on her way back and that news is not welcome to Jules and the rest of the Bright family. But, the question is why? The story is told in dual time starting in the present when Jules receives the news, with flashbacks with trace the history of Jules’ marriage to Kian and their life over the ...more
Louise Wilson
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A friendship goes wrong leading to every parents worst nightmare. Jules is devastated to discover someone from her past is about to be released from jail. This story jumps from past to present so that you get to know its background and the friendship of Daisy & Amelia.
This is the 1st book I have read by the author and I will be reading more in the future.
I would like to thank net galley, random house uk cornerstone and the author Susan Lewis for my arc in exchange for an honest review
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley, on-kindle
I had to keep coming back to this book and for me it was just a difficult and frustrating read. I really wanted to like the story but it just got too complicated and by the end I simply didn't care what happened to any of the characters. The book jumps around in time with no obvious indication of which situation you are in until you have read through enough to place it in time.

Jules gets a knock on the door and it is an ex policeman informing her that her daughters murderer is being released fr
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Random House and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Susan Lewis returns following Too Close to Home (2015) with another gripping edge-of-your-seat psychological domestic suspense THE GIRL WHO CAME BACK—a family’s idyllic life, shattered in a million pieces. A mother’s desperate need for justice for her daughter, from a twisted evil monster, infiltrating their lives. MIND-BLOWING!

Prologue: As the book opens we meet Amelia briefly. A nine-year-old dist
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I have been reading Susan Lewis for years and my very first review on Amazon nearly 10 years ago was one of her books. I always enjoy them but every now and then one comes along that I struggle with and sadly this was one of them. In the beginning we see glimpses of Amelia and instantly it becomes apparent she is no ordinary child and if that continues she may well become a very disturbed individual. Jules then becomes the main focus of the story and we see her struggle to come to terms with the ...more
Rachel Hall
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Prior to reading The Girl Who Came Back my only experience of Susan Lewis was Behind Closed Doors which left a favourable impression and made me wonder how I had never picked up one of this authors books before. Sadly The Girl Who Came Back was a brutal reminder of why I typically avoid these schmaltzy and overly-sentimental novels aimed firmly at a female audience. Packed with a boatload of shiny, happy people loving their lives and positively bubbling over with enthusiasm and philanthropic gen ...more
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars

This was a very well told story with a unique storyline. I have a tendency towards family dramas but this one did disappoint a bit. It was pretty suspenseful and kept you wanting to turn the pages, but there were plot holes and some of the characters were either unrealistic or unnecessary.

There were a few downsides, which is why I rounded down to 3 stars and not up to 4. The first was that there were entirely too many
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
To start with this book was difficult to get in to. I was very close to DNFing the book and in case you didn't know one of my pet peeves is having to dnf a book and so in most cases I try and see a book through.

This is the first ever susan lewis book I have read and I am so happy I carried on with this book and didn't put it down. I will admit it was a very slow read to start with but once I got past that and got into the story more I came to develop a really good liking to the story, character
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Jules learns that Amelia, the young woman who killed her daughter Daisy, is about to be let out of prison after two short years. With no shortage of people who want Amelia dead, both Jules and Amelia have something to fear.

THE GIRL WHO CAME BACK takes a wonderfully delicious plot and destroys it with one dimensional characters. Amelia has no redeeming qualities from toddlerhood while Daisy is the most perfect child to ever walk the planet. Susan Lewis bogs down the plot with useless backstory ab
Joanne Robertson
I normally love Susan Lewis books but have to admit I really struggled with this one. The story of Jules and how one day a knock at the door brings back old fears when she finds out a girl from her past is being released from prison.
I nearly gave up at one point as I found it too confusing, too many characters and not sure whereabouts in time the narrative was. I know that fans will buy this and will hopefully enjoy it but for me it wasn't one of her best.
I received a copy of this book via netg
Karen Hubbard
Sep 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Couldn't get on with this book. It feels contrived and the characters are too 2D for my liking with not enough background story. I find myself not caring about them or what happens to them.


Life is too short to force myself to read something that I'm not enjoying.
Kat Perry
Apr 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
I thought the characters really lacked depth and some of their reactions rang false, eg when Jules let Amelia in to talk to her. Just weird. The ending was rushed as other people have also mentioned in their reviews.

One of the most annoying things about the book was the trial which was very disjointed and unrealistic in terms of the way the prosecution ran the case. It just did not ring true at all especially the outcome for Dean. At this point I really felt the book was not great but I was too
Amanda Thomas
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Liked the characters, enjoyed the story. Not sure about the ending.
Trish at Between My Lines
This review was originally posted on [Between My Lines]It has been a few weeks since I read The Girl Who Come Back by Susan Lewis but now that I’m flicking through the book again to gather my thoughts for this review, all the feels are rushing back to me. I got attached to these characters and the pain they endured was palpable.

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The Book Review Café
I have always been a big fan of Susan Lewis, I know her name doesn’t necessarily spring to mind when you think of a crime author, but The Girl Who Came Back certainly fits into this genre. As the book opens the reader gets the first glimpse of Amelia, and it also hints at the woman she will become. From the opening chapter I had goose pimples every time Amelia’s name was mentioned, as a child she is described as sullen and sly, but as she grows up and ingrains herself in Jules and her daughter D ...more
Karen Angelico
May 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is the first book by this author that I have read. Usually a literary fiction reader, I do occasionally dabble in genre and general fiction and some in that category is superbly written with a fast moving plot, excellent dialogue and overall structure ('Girl on a Train' is a great example). This book is not one of those, unfortunately. The narrative fell down with too many flashbacks that felt forced for the sake of the plot; the characters were poorly observed, sketchy and at times, full o ...more
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Can you ever escape your past?

Nine year old Amelia very sadly had no sense of humour. She didn't speak much either at least not to her mother. Amelia was a dreadful child.

Young Daisy lived at the Mermaid pub that her parents had bought. Strange things start to happen in the Mermaid Inn, there is the ghost of Ruby a little girl who lost her life in a fire in the Mermaid public house. Jules found the news in the late-nineteenth-century edition of the Keste
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
A rollercoaster which stopped halfway
Yeah that was totally what i felt after reading

I kept on reading to find that closure to wrap things up. Guess i could not find it. Having said that, this book was really like an addictive drug. The plot kept me going on to find our where and what happened. Everything was thrilling except the starting and ending.

This book started off pretty confusing because there were just too many names and i was trying to get a hold of who was the bad person. I was confus
Jun 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Amelia Quentin, how could such a person exist! Right from the prologue for this heart breaking story we know that Amelia Quentin is probably one of the nastiest types of people in existence.

Years later as a young woman and sociopath she causes the other main female protagonist and her family to suffer a devastating family tragedy, that shatters their lives for ever. Although overall it is a moving scenario, but I was not quite convinced with how it developed, finding the fantasy element quite un
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Susan Lewis’s books and this one did not disappoint. It thoroughly held my attention, was easy to read and enjoyed her characters. It also had a few twists in the tale that were unexpected, well worth a read!!
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put this book down ....... heartbreaking and beautiful ⭐️
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Got it as a gift and it was on my shelf for nearly 2 years till I picked it up on a trip and it sucked me in immediately! A few bits were a bit boring about their every day lives but overall I really enjoyed this book.

Funnily enough I found out this is a part of series.. somewhat. Started reading book 1 now, but I can already tell that this book was so much better.
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
I had such high hopes for this book, I think that's why I've avoided reviewing. I was so excited to read this book as it was compared to books by some of my favorite authors. There was nothing that hooked me in this book, it jumped around left me frustrated. I'm sorry, I really, really wanted to like it.

Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity.
Sara Kettleborough
I have never read a Susan Lewis novel before but I always spot her novels in shops and online as my mum has been a huge fan of the author for quite some time now. So I was extremely excited when Louise Page got in touch and offered to send me two of Susan’s latest novels prior to their release date and I especially couldn’t wait to start The Girl Who Came Back after reading the mysterious blurb!

When I first began the novel I wasn’t sure if it felt a bit slow but as I was so intrigued by the blur
Jayne Burnett
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Net Galley & Random House for an ARC of this book. Wow!!! What a great read. The story keeps the reader guessing right to the end.
Glen & Jean are a childless couple - Glen is sacked from the bank when images of porn are found on his computer - though this is not what he tells Jean. Jean is a hairdresser & does what ever her husband tells her..
Dawn is a single mum & the mother of Bella the little girl who goes missing.
Bob Sparkes is the detective in charge of the investigation & find
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was much better than I expected it to be! At first it was a little hard to get into it, because the timeline wasn't clear, but after about 50 pages I got the hang of it and had no more problems with that. I really liked how Susan Lewis managed to describe the characters' emotions so well that I felt them as my own.
As a psychological thriller (The only type of thriller I like) it reminded me of Gillian Flynn's books, except for the ending, of coarse....
Ann Weisz
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Too many characters in first few pages to make me want to read on. Nonetheless, I persisted to find the first half of the book sugary sweet with too good characters and a happy ever after unrealistic scenario. The last half was over not believable in many senses- eg victims mother inviting her daughters murderer into the house. Also, the ending was a bit to happy here after and all things fall into place. I could have given the ghost part a miss!
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Born in 1956, in Bristol, my father was a Welsh miner, a poet, an engineer and a thinker. My mother was one of 13 children who, at 20, persuaded my father to spend his bonus on an engagement ring instead of a motorbike. We were a normal, happy, nuclear family, living in a spanking new council house on the outskir

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Andee Lawrence Series (5 books)
  • Behind Closed Doors
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