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Vanessa Stockton and her best friend Eliza are inseparable. They’re living the best years of their lives, enjoying high school, boyfriends and planning for their futures. All that changes, though, when Eliza goes out to a party and never makes it home. Months pass without a break in the case, until one day Vanessa wakes up . . . in Eliza’s mind. Even more disturbing, she d ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 8th 2019 by Nebula Press
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Zachary James
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy and again, I couldn’t be more happy with the story, the characters, and the plot twists! J.L. Willow has a way with words that can carry you through the different perspectives of characters fluidly, intense suspense that will have your hair standing on end, and humor that’ll make your stomach hurt. Missing Her is the perfect thriller/ suspense for people who love Freaky Friday and other comedic, yet alluring films/ novels! It should be on everyone’ ...more
Bethany Atazadeh
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm so impressed by this story! It's not the genre I usually read so I kinda forgot I'd added it to my "currently reading" on here, but today I sat down to check it out and ended up reading the whole thing! It was so fun to switch P.O.V.'s and I felt like there was the perfect balance of mystery but also fantastic foreshadowing that helped me suspect what might be coming while not being completely sure until it was happening - this is a difficult feat and I enjoyed every minute of this story. We ...more
J.L. Willow
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
It’s so amazing to see everyone enjoying Missing Her!! Your reviews mean the world to me 😊 Thank you for all your support and excitement regarding the release!!
Kala (ReaderthenBlogger)
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
When I first read the synopsis for this book I thought it was going to be the typical YA suspense filled with unnecessary teenage drama. I was wrong. I appreciated how the storyline was suspenseful  with a bit of paranormal bits thrown in. That is what set this missing person story apart from others that I have read.
Lana Campbell
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vanessa has lost her high school best friend, Eliza. Eliza went to a party one night and just disappeared. Vanessa is crushed. She's spent the last three months actively searching for her along with Eliza's parents. When Eliza's mom tells her she needs to back off and concentrate on herself and school, Vanessa's heart breaks. She just can't give up on Eliza because she knows in her heart she's still out there somewhere. She cries out to God to help her find Eliza. The next day Vanessa wakes up i ...more
Nina
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Synopsis: Vanessa Stockton is a JR in high school living her best years with her BFF Eliza, until one night Eliza disappears on her way home from a party. Months pass with no breaks in the case. Then one morning Vanessa wakes up in Eliza’s mind two days for that dreadful day. Can Vanessa save her friend from that terrible fate.

This book hooks you in right from the start, it’s smart well written and quick to read. A little bit of mystery and supernatural. It was easily a 5⭐️ read, would recommen
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Becky
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vanessa’s best friend Eliza vanished. She misses her deeply and tries daily to figure out what happened at the party Eliza disappeared from. Then “Missing Her” developes a new clever twist for solving the mystery. Seemingly unrelated things come together as missing pieces of the puzzle as Vanessa experiences them through someone else. I received a promo copy at the perfect time for a quick summer read.
Chelsea
i really liked this omg!!
Kassidi
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Quirky Mom Books
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You guys I finished Missing Her in a day. A DAY. I HAD to know what happened. After reading the synopsis months ago, I knew I just had to solve the Eliza’s mystery. This book was so much beyond what I hoped it would be. Author J.L. Willow takes you on a topsy-turvy roller coaster ride inside the minds of the characters. You can’t help but fly through the pages to solve the mystery of what the heck happened to Eliza. And the craziest part, she was only the beginning. 😅
T.A. Beasley
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An intriguing story about a teenager girl who could not give up on her friend.

When Vanessa wakes up two days before Eliza went missing, I knew it was going to be an interesting ride in Missing Her by J. L. Willow. What would you do if it were your friend? Would you believe she ran away? Would you keep looking? Vanessa could not give up on her friend, so she starts her own investigation, which places her into different lives.

I am a sucker for time travel stories or those with some type of time
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Jaime K
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm giving this 4 stars because it could have been 50-100 pages longer. I just wanted MORE.

The prologue is a doozy.

Then we are with Vanessa, 5 months after her best friend Eliza went missing. In despair, Nessa reaches out (yet again) to her cousin Jeremy, who ends up asking her if she ever really prayed to God.
No, this is not a religious book at all, but the desperate prayer Nessa asks sparks what happens next:
"Are you even listening," she ends.

And then she wakes up in Eliza's body, the day be
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Tin Minute
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Be prepared: This book is like reading 2 books in one, with 2 separate mysteries that eventually intertwine into one astonishing conclusion!!! Of course there is the main mystery surrounding where Eliza is and what happened to her, but there is another one as well... The book starts off with a small family in a hurry to go on an errand. The mother tells her children that they are going the play a road trip game. Seems normal right? The game is to unbuckle themselves and lay down on the car's flo ...more
Marilyn Goncalves
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I could see this as a YA paranormal tv series. This book has just the right elements to keep you engaged. It’s a page turner for sure, I liked that you never know whats gonna happen next. The story revolves around Vanessa searching for her best friend Eliza who went missing after coming home from a party. Eliza’s mom insists that Vanessa stop putting up the missing person flyers and to get on with her life. Vanessa is distraught about giving up the search and prays for a sign to help her get thr ...more
Emily Berry
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I just received this book during book con and had a great chat with the author (who is so nice and supportive). I went on the plane and read it since it was a short read but let me tell you even though its a short read, it didnt feel that way. By the end of it i wasnt left feeling as if i was missing anything which is the best feeling, especially if you're reading a small book. The plot ans characters were amazing and even though she jumps into peoples minds i didnt feel as if anything was repet ...more
Mommy Reads
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
When I first heard about Missing Her, I was intrigued. I was lucky enough to be a part of the Street Team for the book and received an ARC from the author. Even though the book is fairly short, I was engrossed in the story. The storyline was suspenseful and even included a little bit of paranormal. I'm usually not a big fan of paranormal but in Missing Her, it fit right in the story.

The author does a great job in taking the reader through a roller-coaster ride in the minds of the characters and
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Chessie
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you for letting me to be part of the Missing Her Street Team and for my ARC copy of Missing her in exchange for an honest review!

This book was a quick read that had me intrigued from the very beginning. You meet all the characters in an interesting way that takes you on this roller coaster with Vanessa. It does include a little bit of a paranormal concept which I found added to the story. While it did seem a little predictable at times there were still twists that kept me surprised. I trul
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Jane Foster
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was an amazing read! It kept you on the edge of your seat, guessing as to what was going to happen next and constantly surprising you with its twists and turns. J.L. Willow once again writes a thrilling story that'll be enjoyed by readers everywhere!
Molly Foster
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredible book. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time and I couldn’t put it down. It was also amazing to see the author’s writing style develop from her last book to this one. I thought the last one was great but this one was ever better. Highly recommend.
Toya (the reading chemist)
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fast paced mystery that will have you tearing through the pages to find out what has happened to Eliza. Full review to come.
Sarah Dickinson
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a refreshingly new take on some classic thriller tropes. A quick and easy read by an emerging indie author, that in my opinion I just had to finish.
Kimberly Swartz
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Sandra Lopez
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eliza Barrows: Missing

Inseparable since the 2nd grade, Vanessa was now forced to live without her best friend for the last 5 months. No one has seen or heard from Eliza since she vanished without a trace at a party, and Vanessa hasn’t stopped trying to find her. With everyone telling her to move on, Vanessa makes one desperate plea to find out what happened to her friend. The next morning, Vanessa wakes up in Eliza’s room AS ELIZA. She finds that she’s reliving the day as Eliza and she was invit
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Kimberly Tierney
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book. After reading the synopsis it sounded like an easy and interesting read, and it was. Once I got started I worried that I would have the story figured out after a few chapters, but I was wrong. Every time I thought I had something figured out I was wrong and the story took a completely different turn. The read is smooth and easy. Would be a great travel read, especially if you are flying internationally because you could read the book e ...more
Danielle Ellis
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'd give it a 3.5 if I could, but since it was a pretty good read, I decided to round up.

I felt that if the prolouge wasn't there, it would have been a bit more suspenseful since with it, it wasn't that hard to figure out the "who done it."

There is some stuff towards the end that's feels a bit jumbled and unclear, but it wasn't hard to push through.

It feels just a tad anti climatic, but it's not too bad for a quick read.
Lauren Redwood
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Missing Her by J.L. Willow was brilliantly written! Through the course of the novel, the author wrote with enough mystery to keep you intrigued, and enough information to keep you guessing. It was a thrilling ride and perfectly paced, I could not stop reading! J.L. Willow transformed the meaning of enigma into something else entirely!
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J. L. Willow voraciously read everything she could get her hands on as a child and continues to this day. She was inspired by the way words on a page could capture the imagination, beginning her journey as a writer at just six years old. When she’s not holding a pencil or a book, she can be found belting her favorite musicals or studying to become a mechanical engineer. Days off are spent relaxing ...more

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