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Cemetery Girl

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

This is a terrific family drama filles with suspense

Four years ago, twelve year old Caitlin Stuart vanished while walking the family dog Frosty. Her disappearance has left the relationship between her parents Tom and Abby on life support. Abby seeks to move on starting with taking Frosty to the pound as he is a reminde...
Four years ago, twelve year old Caitlin Stuart vanished while walking the family dog Frosty. Her disappearance has left the relationship between her parents Tom and Abby on life support. Abby seeks to move on starting with taking Frosty to the pound as he is a reminder of Caitlin; Tom prefers to keep Frosty with them as he is reminder of Caitlin. He leaves Frosty at the shelter

Abby prepares for a funeral of her daughter, which is the final shock to her marriage as Tom rejects her notion of closure supported by Pastor Chris. Tom's half-brother Buster comes for the funeral to support his sibling. Tom goes back to the shelter to retrieve Frosty, but he has been adopted. The police pick up a female teenager who is Caitlin. She refuses to discuss what happened to her with anyone. Though his daughter's personality has always been to keep things to herself, Tom fears she was intricately involved in her abduction. He needs the truth so he investigates his offspring's life for the last four years.

This is a terrific family drama as David Bell provides a strong look at grief and closure are customized to the individual; what Abby needs is not what Tom needs and visa versa. The amateur sleuthing is fun to follow as Tom still seeks closure by learning what went down. Although the well written ending seems weak compared with the strong story line preceding it; aMr. Bell provides closure to the audience rather than an open ended "non-solution" that appears more appropriate. Still readers will appreciate the aftermath to when a terrible incident impacts family and community.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on September 17, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 6 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 6 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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