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Meg and her daughter Grace are the most beloved family in Ashford, the lynchpin that holds the town together. So when Meg is found brutally murdered and her daughter missing, the community is rocked by the tragedy. Her daughter, Grace, has been sick for years and all Meg has ever done is look after her. Now Meg is dead, Grace is gone - and fears are growing for her life.

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Published January 24th 2019 by Sphere
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Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Grace has been quite ill most of her life. Heart problems…seizures, among countless other ailments. Her dear mother Meg has been raising Grace on her own. Over the years they’ve become the darlings of their community and blessed with all the support that comes with it! In return, they have gratefully given back equally to the towns people.

So when Meg is found brutally murdered and Grace is nowhere to be found, everyone comes together to find Grace and get some justice for poor Meg!

A solid
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2020

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A gripping and addictive read!!

Cara Dorman knocks on the door of 52 Woodgreen Avenue. Her mother asked her to drop off some donated clothing to their friends and neighbors, Meg and Grace. Cara is about five years older than Grace. They were very close when they were younger, but lately, Cara doesn’t always know how to talk to Grace. Grace is very ill and is confined to a wheelchair. Cara feels guilty when she talks about her
Mandy White
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Grace Is Gone is inspired by a true story - what the? This is a sick and shocking story and to think that this actually did happen is terrifying. Exploring some deep themes, this was a quick, page turner of a book that I couldn't wait to see how it was going to end.

Meg and her daughter Grace are well loved and known in the community. So who would murder Meg? Next door neighbour and Grace's friend Cara finds Meg, brutally murdered - and Grace is nowhere to be seen. Grace is very ill and in a
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Grace Is Gone by Emily Elgar is inspired by a true story that I immediately recognized (I will try not to give it away in my review), and I really enjoyed Elgar's take on it right down to the last crazy chapter.

I loved Elgar's writing style, and I thought Grace Is Gone flowed really well. At times it was downright chilling, and towards the end I actually started to HAVE chills down my back. Even though I know the story it was based on well, I wasn't expecting some things that happened in
GRACE IS GONE is a novel concerning Meg and her daughter Grace. Meg is the caregiver for Grace who is severely disabled. Meg and Grace are beloved by their town. When Meg is murdered in a horrendous manner, and Grace is kidnapped, a journalist and a female neighbor begin to search for Grace which leads to many questions. The end result is rather horrifying and left me with some deep thinking. This is a very readable book, and I highly recommend it.
I won this via goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.

Great characters, good story. I liked Jon more than Cara but both POVs kept my attention and it wasn't jarring or boring going back and forth throughout.

I figured out one of the plot elements and was reminded early on if another case I saw on DatelineOnID (I think) some time ago. *I won't spoil it for you but the author mentions it after the story is done* A couple things I didn't expect and while
Liz Barnsley
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Grace is Gone is a beautifully written page turner and if you know nothing of the case it is based on you will devour it- it's a twisty plot that is hugely compelling.

For me though the issue came with the fact that I am highly aware of the Gypsy Rose Blanchard case, a fascinating real life incident so for me ultimately Grace is Gone held no surprises- although I continued to the end because I was enjoying the writing and there were minor adjustments to the reality to be fair but nothing major
Tracy Fenton
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW, OMG and WTAF are the 3 main thoughts I had whilst reading Grace is Gone and the day after I finished the book my feelings haven’t changed that much except I realise that YOU will expect a little more detail from me in my review so bear with me.. I might start rambling:

Grace is Gone is inspired by a shocking true story, however I didn’t know that when I started reading it, so I went in “oblivious” to what the story is based on and started reading without a clue what was to come.

Grace is a 17
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
17-year-old Grace went missing. The same day her mother was murdered. What the heck happened? This was a very interesting look into a real-life story about a mental disorder. I was drawn to so many aspects that made the story stand out, especially Grace’s character. Oh, what a character. And then I got to the reveal 70% in, and I couldn’t stop turning the pages until I found out what happened the night of the murder in the crazy final chapter.

The story’s told from the perspectives of Grace and
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Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A scary book which shook my insides, based on real life incidents.

Meg and Grace, mom and seriously ill daughter were the darling of the town when one night Meg was murdered brutally, and Grace vanished, probably kidnapped or killed. It took a journalist Jon and neighbor Cara all their skills to find her.

My first book by author Emily Elgar, the story brought a sinking tumoil in me. I had read enough to realize where the story was going, but the author's writing did its magic on me, and I was
Susan Hampson
This book is based on a true story, that of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, which took place in the United States, an absolutely mind-blowing, harrowing event that scarred a whole community. I was mesmerised by the whole case. There is also another book to be published next month too with the author's own twist on it.
The author does disclose that this is her take on the true-life case but set in the UK. There are some additional characters used and a twist at the end but the flux of the story remains the
Dec 07, 2019 marked it as arcs-finished-copies-to-read

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Carla Johnson-Hicks
On the day that Cara discovers her neighbour Meg's dead body, her severely disabled daughter, Grace, also disappears. As Cara, her mother and many volunteers begin looking for Grace, there is a feeling of hopelessness about finding her. She has been without her medication for days. Her father, Simon, is the natural suspect, but as Cara and Jon, a washed up journalist, begin digging, surprises come to light.

The story was told in three POVs. Cara, Jon and Grace through her diary that Cara has
Denise Reed
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the second Emily Elgar book I have read in the past few weeks, and just as with "If You Knew Her," I thought this book had a great premise, great characters, and lots of twists and turns that I thoroughly enjoyed.

The book is set in a small London suburb, and everyone in town knows Meg Nichols and her severely ill teenage daughter, Grace. Meg has been the perfect mother - caring for Grace for years, and Grace is her best friend. When Meg is found brutally bludgeoned in her bed, and her
Liz Barnsley
Grace is Gone is a beautifully written page turner and if you know nothing of the case it is based on you will devour it- it's a twisty plot that is hugely compelling.

For me though the issue came with the fact that I am highly aware of the Gypsy Rose Blanchard case, a fascinating real life incident so for me ultimately Grace is Gone held no surprises- although I continued to the end because I was enjoying the writing and there were minor adjustments to the reality to be fair but nothing major
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 rounded up

I wasn't familiar with the ripped from the headlines story this book was based on before reading Grace is Gone (don't read about it until after otherwise it may ruin this book for you), but I guessed the main plot twist early on in the book. Even though I had suspicions, it didn't take away from my enjoyment while reading. The characters were well developed and the plot was intriguing, so I found this to be an easy read to immerse myself in.

Grace is Gone is told in alternating
Alexandra WhimsyPages
Reading «Grace is Gone» reminded me of two very distinct things:
- why thrillers and mysteries used to be my favorite genres, and also
- why I stopped reading them.

«Grace is Gone» combines some of the best traits of mysteries and thrillers - from an action-packed page-turner to gripping writing style, I never noticed myself flipping the pages (or, in this case, tapping on my Kindle), and from the first sentence I got transported into the story. It was very difficult to put the book down when
Diana Iozzia (Bookworm Banter)
"Grace is Gone"
Written by Emily Elgar
Reviewed by Diana Iozzia

As impressed by Emily Elgar's first novel, "If You Knew Her", I felt extremely excited to read her next, "Grace is Gone". Unfortunately, my interest fell apart very quickly, once I had realized that this story was inspired by the Gypsy Rose Blanchard murder case. If you are not familiar with the case, teenage Gypsy killed her mother, after realizing that her mother had been drugging her and making her believe that she was sick with
KitKat The #BookNerd KBbookreviews

A difficult and harrowing thriller based on a shocking true story. This is a difficult and horrifying read, but is masterfully written and definitely keeps you intrigued whether you know the true story or not.

Synopsis: Meg and Grace are adored by their town; the devoted mother with a severely disabled but ever smiling daughter are at the centre of their neighbours lives. So, when Meg is found murdered in her own home and Grace is found to be missing, the
Genevieve Trono
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grace is Gone is a plot-driven mystery and suspense novel inspired by real-life events pulled straight from the news headlines. If you are a true crime fanatic, there might not be a lot of surprises for you with this one, but otherwise, this is a page-turner that dives into not only a crime but also a mental disorder.

Although there wasn't a lot of intrigue for me because I was previously familiar with this case, I enjoyed Elgar's writing style immensely and the characters were well developed
Barbara Nutting
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
You didn’t need to be a rocket scientist to see where this was leading - I knew right from the get-go what was going on. I liked her writing style and there were a few twists. I stuck with it just to see if I was right about what was going to happen. I was! I’ll read her other book, just hope it’s not as easy to figure out!

PS - I just read the real case on Google, better than the book!
Jan 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: d-n-f
********Spoiler Alert ******
Stopped reading halfway through, when I turned to the end of the book and read the epilogue what I'd been thinking was true.

This book is based on the story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, I had the feeling while reading it. Why not come out and tell people if I wanted to read that story I would have done so.
Aggravated with the time I spent reading this book.
Morgan Schulman
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reader-s-copy
Thank you to Edelweiss for providing me with an advanced readers copy. This book was a real hoot. I don’t want to spoil but it is based on a fairly well-known real life story put through the British psychological thriller formula, and it is quite a bumpy ride. If you’re familiar with the story, you will figure out much of it before the twist, however there was a lot of joy discovering along the way All the ways the author subverts and flushes out the banality of real life. I was sad when it was ...more
Alyssia Cooke
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a well plotted thriller filled with twists and turns to keep you guessing. When Cara begrudgingly agrees to go around to her old friends house to drop some clothes off, she doesn't expect to walk in on a scene that will haunt her nightmares. A low ominous buzzing pulls her toward the bedrooms after finding Grace's wheelchair askew, but even then she can't expect the brutal murder she walks in on. With Meg dead and her severely disabled, wheelchair bound daughter missing, the hunt is on. ...more
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When Cara comes to her neighbours’ house, she’s got a guilty conscience, she hasn’t seen Grace as often as she could have and the girl hardly has contact to anybody apart from her mother. Suffering from multiple diseases, she is confined to the house and needs a wheelchair to move around. What Cara finds, however, is not Grace and her loving mother Meg, but a horrible crime scene: the mother has been slaughtered and the daughter is gone. Who would do such a thing to the most beloved family of ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
this book is inspired by a stunning true story. As a young girl, Grace who is seventeen years old has several health issues and is completely dependent of her mother Megan and her wheelchair. These two women are adored by people of their community. Megan has long suffered abuse by her husband and has lost her first child. One day Meg took Grace with her to start a new life and with this history they are protected and strongly supported by their neighbors and members of their community.
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Took me a while to get into this, the ultimate payoff was good but there were a few things I didn't like along the way.
I wasn't a big fan of how the story was told--alternating between Cara and Jon's POVs with a few of Grace's journal entries. I didn't like Jon at all, his relationship with his wife and son were a side story that absolutely angered me because he would make plans and then forget them--to what end? It was unnecessary to the overall plot and served to make me like the book less
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a gripping read. I've just read The Recovery of Rose Gold and this is similar as it's about the true life story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard. I did find this more compelling and urgent in its telling however. It felt very urgent, worrying, traumatic and urgent. Don't read either Rose Gold or the true life story before reading this as the devil is in the detail and the reveals. There's plenty of mind- bending twists along the way too.

A woman who looked after her disabled daughter is found
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Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Definitely a page turner, read this book in 2 days during studying breaks!
The book's narrative is fast and full of action that excites the reader from beginning to end. The plot is full of a "sense of community", where it gives you all these emotions about how close the community is and how they care for each other, intertuined with a suspensfull thriller that gets you anticipating for the crime solution. Grace comes as a sweet teenager that unravels a dark secret... It was one of the few books
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