The Girl at the Border
One girl missing, one woman searching, both equally lost. Will a shared tragedy help them find their way home—even in the face of imminent danger?
Renowned archaeologist Richard Mathis is half a world away on the island of Crete when he learns his daughter, Bella, has gone missing. Within twenty minutes, he’s on his way back to the States. Two days later, he’s dead....more
If I could go back and choose another book for my Kindle First I would. It was presented as suspense, although there was no suspense. It was a very dark read, about a young girl left with her psychotic mother while her father is on a archeological dig in Crete. The girl goes missing, the father dies, his assistant looks for the girl. The assistant has her own back story, but I didn't think it lent much to the book.
No spoilers here, you can read it for your own take on the book- I did ...more
Almost every chapter had time jumps...sometimes 4-5 in a single chapter. Angela is the central character, on the run from her past, and she becomes obsessed (which I found creepy) with Richard, and by extension, his missing daughter.
This was presented as a suspense novel, but is listed at Amazon under "Terrorism Thrillers". No part of the synopsis I ...more
The blurb hides many elements about this plot. The flashbacks were insane because there were so many and they were so unexpected. Not only are we discovering the past ...more
I started this book thinking it would probably be a relatively light read, and that I'd be able to anticipate the plot as I went along. Not true! It's full of unexpected twists and turns that make it a much better experience than I initially gave it credit for. I'll say no more, to avoid spoilers, except that it's worth your time.
I thought this was an intriguing, intelligent and clever book which may well become quite a significant read although I fully appreciate that this book divided opinion. What I really liked was that it made me think and challenged opinions.
The book started with an archeological dig and I thoroughly enjoyed the Etruscan background which was woven effortlessly into the storyline. The characters were interesting and from wide ranging backgrounds which was also ...more
Renowned archaeologist Richard Mathis is half a world away on the island of Crete when he learns his daughter, Bella, has gone missing. Within twenty minutes, he’s on his way back to the States. Two days later, he’s dead.
Richard’s young assistant, Angela Chase, is devastated by the loss of the man who had become both mentor and friend, and she’s ...more
Leslie Archer (the nom de plume of a New York Times bestselling author) has written a smart, absorbing mystery that starts on an archaeological dig with Angela Chase meeting Richard Mathis, a real-life Indiana Jones in the world of antiquity finds. Richard’s arrival in ...more
When Bella, Richard's daughter goes missing Matthis drops everything and flies back home to help in the search. Four days later he dies in a strange accident. The relationship between Richard Matthis and his daughter has ...more
It’s an interesting story, nevertheless, about two young women who cross paths in life when one is missing and other decides to search for her. They had both faced difficult childhoods experiencing parental ...more
Such a richly written story, weaving through the lives of Laurel and Richard, Bella and Elim, Maggie, Gabriel, Orfeo, and others. How do they react to adversity? Love? Despair? Life?
The Girl at the Border pits the petty with the profound. A glimpse of the split in the world between our American Christian values and those of the more radicalized Islam. The book is more about loneliness and reaching for connection and longing for love.
My one complaint is that the book jumps back ...more
I was reeled in almost from page one. I like how the story is told from different characters' perspectives and not in chronological order. I was only able to put this down when I was too physically tired to stay awake. Loved it.
The reason I couldn't give this 5 stars is because the author sometimes strangely inserts unnecessarily complex words when a more common word would be more appropriate. There was also the odd sentence here and there that was so awkward I had to read it several ...more
Anyway, I was at first slightly put off kilter by the bouncing back and forth between time periods. But the end flowed along the string of time, as it were, as the story barreled to its neat conclusion.
I like that the parallels between Laurel’s and Bella’s lives were exposed slowly, and on,y very briefly confirmed at the end. I.e., the story didn’t pummel you over the head repeatedly by making more overt ...more
I was already put off by the main character saying:
“I get treated like a third world worker” which I found an abhorrent way to describe anything in 2019 but then lo and behold the one character in any way connect to American Muslims gets ...more
It started off well on an archaeological dig and i was enjoying the characters, the next thing we are suddenly post 9/11 and radicalized people all over the place and no archaeology in sight.
Angela's attempts to befriend Richard's daughter Bella are very strange and quite creepy. This book also jumps about randomly, not just between time a and time b but within each of those time frames as well which makes it disjointed. The introduction of Jimmy ...more
This is a complex story with the main character having 2 additional alternative aliases, but it is mainly about the sense of loss she feels from her mother's abandment, the grief that ultimately takes her father from her and the connection she feels with the daughter of the charismatic archaeologist she meets at a dig. The parallels drive her to save this young vulnerable woman and to fulfil her promise to the archaeologist. There are themes around the treatment of Muslims in ...more
I liked it because it felt so mysterious. This is the only book that I've read that involved archeology. Quite frankly, I wanted to read more about it and I wish that the author pursued that light. I didn't like the short involvement of Richard in the story. He was built up to be an interesting character and it was cut too short. I would have liked it if ...more
A very slow story line that could have been so much better with Laurel as an interesting character. I liked the sound of her past and wanted it to really go somewhere, but unfortunately it didn’t.
I gave this book a chance as it came up first on Goodreads. I was trying to read different authors from my usual.
The narration is terse and minimally emotional. The characterizations are distinguishable.
For a review of the performance, see ...more
This is a fascinating book with much thought-provoking detail. There is no way for me to begin in an adequate way to describe the plot. Simply, read this and begin to understand the epic Moby Duck as played out through the characters. The reader will still have questions, but the basic situations will be resolved satisfactorily. All of this to say, read this as a literary offering to understand current situations of family dysfunction, national divisions, and so much more..
I like books that bounce between characters and time periods, and although I occasionally was confused with the bouncing around between each ...more
I started reading this as a book different from my normal ones The book entwined lives that were a parallel to each other. It started like many. A young woman on a dig with no real qualifications unused a d untaught. Along comes Richard. Who is as lost for different reason s. It is a page Turner for me. A modern day book. Modern difficulties and problems but with the real human elements to it. A love story but not as you know it. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will be ...more
The narrative starts at an archeological dig on Crete and switches later to the USA. The opening third of the novel is rather slow but the middle part is both interesting and exciting. I didn't think enough was made of the climax.
A decent read which I quite enjoyed.
David Lowther. Author of The Blue Pencil, Liberating Belsen, ...more
I could see what the author was trying to do with the story, but I found it hard work. The jumping if timelines were badly signalled and made the overall story hard to get drawn into. The use of language was overly sophisticated and distracting in places. Although I think I understand what the author was trying to do with the discussions on religion, etc it came across as crass and unnecessarily inflammatory at times. I just couldn't empathise or connect with any of the characters in ...more
The glimpse into an archaeological excavation of importance was so wonderful. I actually felt like I was in that tunnel with a paintbrush. It was a magical mind trip for me. The pilot, story, scenes and characters made me feel for them. I became friends with some of them and others I in New I hated. The layers of real life are really reflected in this book.
The epic feel of this novel breathes a new dimension a and insight into the struggles of being Islamic and Muslim in ...more
The opening of the book drew me in, and the initial flashbacks to build the backgrounds of the characters were fine. They seemed to continue through most of the book, making it difficult for me to figure out where we were in the story.
My greatest disappointment in the book was the number of loose ends which were left. I did like the resolution for Laurel and Bella's lives.
Based on this book I would not be likely to choose another book by this author.