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Cemetery Girl

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Bell weaves a believable tale of a parent's worst nightmare.

Cemetery Girl was an addictive novel, that kept me up till 3 in the morning to reach the conclusion. Bell weaves a believable tale of a parent's worst nightmare. He delivers it with an authentic voice in Tom Stuart.

Protagonist Tom Stuart, father of Caitlin and husb...
Cemetery Girl was an addictive novel, that kept me up till 3 in the morning to reach the conclusion. Bell weaves a believable tale of a parent's worst nightmare. He delivers it with an authentic voice in Tom Stuart.

Protagonist Tom Stuart, father of Caitlin and husband of Abby tells this riveting story from his perspective. The story is broken into three parts. The first part deals with events leading up to Caitlin's disappearance. The second takes us through the aftermath and how it impacts them. In the third part of the book Caitlin returns, thin, dirty and silent. She is changed; gone is their beautiful vibrant daughter. This isn't how they imagined her return, and Tom is still seeking answers.
This story while fictional could be ripped from the headlines of any news paper. It gives us an in-depth look at the chilling horror of having your child abducted. Tom and Abby are flawed, both as humans and parents. I would be naïve to believe I was a perfect parent. I think we all question ourselves. Bell's characters show us their raw emotions. They give voice to unspeakable thoughts making this all the more surreal. While this isn't a Stephen King novel, the tale is so real, so horrible that you will find yourselves checking on your kids in the middle of night.
Cemetery Girl will leave its mark on the reader. The next headline of a child's abduction will draw you back in and make you think about the unthinkable. I will unquestionably be reading more of David J Bell's work.

posted by kimba88 on October 8, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Not sure what all the hype was about

From the description and all the reviews, I thought there were going to be some major twists and turns and a really unexpected conclusion. But no, it all boiled down to exactly what you would expect from an abduction case with Stockholm syndrome. The author set up a lot...
From the description and all the reviews, I thought there were going to be some major twists and turns and a really unexpected conclusion. But no, it all boiled down to exactly what you would expect from an abduction case with Stockholm syndrome. The author set up a lot of really interesting scenarios, but then they all turned out to be plot devices he just sort of left hanging. How much was the brother actually know beforehand? Why does no one else notice the 12 year old "ghost girl" running around a small town? Neither of these grown men thought to report this girl to the police for her own safety? This small town police department really didn't bother to investigate what happened to Tracy? What was Liann's weird motivation? Lots of things were hinted at then never really addressed.

posted by JilliJ on December 20, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    Not sure what all the hype was about

    From the description and all the reviews, I thought there were going to be some major twists and turns and a really unexpected conclusion. But no, it all boiled down to exactly what you would expect from an abduction case with Stockholm syndrome. The author set up a lot of really interesting scenarios, but then they all turned out to be plot devices he just sort of left hanging. How much was the brother actually know beforehand? Why does no one else notice the 12 year old "ghost girl" running around a small town? Neither of these grown men thought to report this girl to the police for her own safety? This small town police department really didn't bother to investigate what happened to Tracy? What was Liann's weird motivation? Lots of things were hinted at then never really addressed.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Mediocre novel.

    Mediocre novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    This book started out with a bang and I couldn't put it down - u

    This book started out with a bang and I couldn't put it down - until about half way through. Then the storyline began developing holes in the plot. Leads were suggested and not followed through. The reader wants to join in the search for Caitlin and her abductor, but instead she is found - all too easily - wandering at night along the side of the road - after 4 years of virtually no clues! To make matters worse, the relationship between her parents is difficult to accept. Tom is driven by the need for closure and to find out the answer as to what happened to Caitlin. Her mother, Abby, feels the opposite and wants to 'move on' from the abduction and loss of her only child. She does this by becoming a religious convert, developing a close 'friendship' with the Pastor of the church, and leaving her husband, Tom. At this point one is left wondering how Tom and Abby ever came to be together in the first place. I will probably not finish this book - at best, I may speed read the remaining half. There are already more loose ends than can be tied up in what is left of this book. Very disappointing.

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