The Girl Who Stayedby Tanya Anne Crosby
Zoe Rutherford wasn't sure what she was expecting when she returned to Sullivan's Island. The house on Sullivan's hadn't represented home to her in decades. It was the place where she endured her father's cruelty. It was the place where her mother closed herself off from the world. It was the place where her
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Zoe Rutherford wasn't sure what she was expecting when she returned to Sullivan's Island. The house on Sullivan's hadn't represented home to her in decades. It was the place where she endured her father's cruelty. It was the place where her mother closed herself off from the world. It was the place where her sister disappeared. But now that her parents are gone, Zoe needs to return to the house, to close it down and prepare it for sale. She intends to get this done as quickly as possible and get on with her life, even though that life seems clouded by her past, both distant and recent. But what she discovers when she gets there is far beyond her imagining and will change her in profound ways.
THE GIRL WHO STAYED is a remarkable exploration of the soul by a writer with a rare talent for reaching into the hearts of her characters and her readers, a novel of transformation that will leave you moved and breathless.
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Tanya Anne Crosby is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-five novels. She has been featured in magazines, such as People, Romantic Times and Publisher’s Weekly, and her books have been translated into eight languages.
Her first novel was published in 1992 by Avon Books, where Tanya was hailed as "one of Avon's fastest rising stars.” Her fourth book was chosen to launch the company's Avon Romantic Treasure imprint.
Known for stories charged with emotion and humor and filled with flawed characters Tanya is an award-winning author, journalist, and editor, and her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews.
In 2013, she penned her first romantic suspense novel, Speak No Evil, which appeared on the USA Today list.
The Girl Who Stayed brings her full circle to work with Lou Aronica, President and Publisher of The Story Plant, who first published Tanya at Avon Books.
Tanya and her writer husband split their time between Charleston, SC, where she was raised, and northern Michigan, where the couple make their home.
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My Rating: 5 Synopsis: Zoe Rutherford wasn't sure what she was expecting when she returned to Sullivan's Island. The house on Sullivan's hadn't represented home to her in decades. It was the place where she endured her father's cruelty. It was the place where her mother closed herself off from the world. It was the place where her sister disappeared. But now that her parents are gone, Zoe needs to return to the house, to close it down and prepare it for sale. She intends to get this done as quickly as possible and get on with her life, even though that life seems clouded by her past, both distant and recent. But what she discovers when she gets there is far beyond her imagining and will change her in profound ways. THE GIRL WHO STAYED is a remarkable exploration of the soul by a writer with a rare talent for reaching into the hearts of her characters and her readers, a novel of transformation that will leave you moved and breathless. My Thoughts and Opinion: Zoe, trying to escape her present situation of domestic abuse, returns to her childhood home, which she left many years ago at the age of 18 due to dysfunction, to clean it out, update and get it ready to sell. However, what she returns is more than she ever wanted to face. THE GIRL WHO STAYED is a raw, sometimes gut wrenching, emotional read. Powerful and compelling. A story of what true "closure" really means, which the author sums up as "Maybe closure happened the instant you put a hand over the rearview mirror". This book will tug at your heart strings and have the reader exploring their own memories of previous days. I would recommend this book to all, especially if you have, are or will be having the chore of breaking down their childhood home. I also think this book would be a good choice for a Book Club having many issues to discuss. A phenomenal read!! And another winner from The Story Plant!
This is an excellent book. I read all four in the series. I read them non-stop. I learned of the series from my daughter, a PhD at Yale. Which means all ages can enjoy them.
Awesome suspense as Zoe revisits her disturbing past and its shadows. Another “girl” in a new book title, and it’s also very good! I discovered Tanya Anne Crosby when she approached me to translate her novels in French. I have so far translated four and am in the process of translating the fifth. So it was good reading The Girl Who Stayed, just for the fun of it. The book opens indeed on an element reminiscent of Gone Girl, with the disappearance of a young girl (much younger than Amy) in a dysfunctional family. But the neat and spooky descriptions of Sullivan’s Island (near Charleston, SC) made me also think of Kate Morton, especially as Zoe, the main character, goes back to her old family home to try to understand her past and what happened to her younger sister, almost 30 years before. Zoe was 10 when her sister Hannah, 8, disappeared. At 39, Zoe still feels guilty for being alive. Though successful in her profession, she’s a broken woman, after a tough childhood and a crazy boyfriend whose anger only matched her father’s. During a 3 month leave of absence, she goes back to the family home she left when she was 18, to fix it and try to finally resolve the mystery of her sister’s disappearance that has poisoned all her life. What will she discover on the island? Will police Chief McWhorter be able to help after so many years, or his son Ethan, or her strange neighbor Walter? And then, more girls disappear… I enjoyed particularly the awesome descriptions of the ocean (its beauty but also its dangers — tidal currents, sand bars, tunnels, cf Edgar Poe and Annabel Lee!) and the scenes of suspense. Having translated several books by Crosby, I can say I’m a fan at how she manages to convey spookiness. The author has also a knack for exploring the psyche of her characters and for creating very vivid true to life dialogs. The book is particularly fantastic if you enjoy stories about dysfunctional families.
The Girl Who Stayed by Tanya Anne Crosby is a recommended contemporary novel of suspense. Zoe Rutherford may ostensibly be on Sullivan's Island to clean and fix up her parents' house, which has been rented out for years, in order to sell it. She, along with her younger brother Nick, has stayed away from the house for years. But in reality she has been running away from the house and all it represents for years. It is where her family was living when her younger sister, Hannah, disappeared without a trace. It is where she endured her father's verbal and emotional abuse. It is where she witnesses her mother's withdrawal into herself. Zoe's latest- and last - violent fight with her boyfriend/abuser Chris gave her the impetus to leave him and finally do something about the house. While there she has to face a plethora of emotions related to her father's cruelty, Hannah's disappearance, and her rocky unhealthy relationship with Chris. These are the three things that keep swirling around Zoe's head, repeatedly, obsessively, occasionally with added details. Her father never liked her. let alone loved her. His abuse became more pronounced when Zoe was 10 and Hannah 8. That is when Hannah went missing. Nick, who was 6 at the time, seems to have been immune to the abuse. Zoe still obsesses over her missing sister, an event that occurred thirty years ago, and the lack of closure. Zoe's relationship with Chris is related to her poor self-esteem and search for love and acceptance no matter the cost, all traits that started being developed when she lived on Sullivan's Island. Now Zoe has a scar/wound on her forehead that was inflicted by Chris as she was leaving. She worries about people seeing it and wondering what caused it. A lot. She has a difficult time connecting to people. She has traumatic memories that haunt her still and some she may be suppressing. Crosby does a wonderful job with the setting and creating the character of Zoe. I did find some of the repeated obsessing (over the scar, Hannah, Chris, her father) to be tiresome after so much reiteration. I also wondered why Zoe had such a hard time after therapy for years coming to terms with at least a few of her issues. On the other hand Crosby slowly has Zoe provide more information about bits and pieces of her childhood and her current relationship with Chris throughout the whole novel. It is also understandable that going to the island after being gone for so many years would bring back memories you thought you had banished or handled years before. When the end comes it is startling and surprising enough to overcome some of the problems I had with The Girl Who Stayed. Up until the end there were really no startling surprises; however, the pacing was even and there were enough new facts disclosed along the way that it kept my interest. This would be a good airport or vacation book. It will keep your attention and entertain you Disclosure: I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher and TLC for review purposes
Tanya Anne Crosby has a new fan - me! The author has captivated me with her story of Zoe, a woman who returns to her family's home of Sullivan's Island. It's the last place she wants to be, especially since it brings back horrible memories. Her sister's disappearance when they were just children. Her father's hostility. Fear of an abusive ex-husband. Zoe just wants to fix up the house, sell it and move on with her life. Emotions and nightmares are hard to push past, though, especially when another girl is now missing. Bring in a kind-hearted, handsome carpenter, and Zoe's life plan gets even more complicated. This isn't just a romance novel. It plays up the hold that the past can have then and in the present. Memories can be drenched in fog, but as Crosby illustrates, it's well worth it to wait for it to lift. ARC provided by Netgalley
The Girl Who Stayed is a tough book. The loss of a family member is always tough much less when a young sister loses a younger sister and there is no closure. The fact that Hannah, Zoe’s sister, disappears and is never seen again when she is so young had to tear their family apart. Zoe runs from it. She feels herself responsible somehow. Zoe was not an easy to relate to character. I had a hard time with most of the characters. There were times that a character came in, left, and then came back chapters later and I wasn’t always sure how they fit into the story. Ethan, Zoe’s island handy man, was one of those characters. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to happen between them or what the author had in mind for them. The sheriff was another of those characters. He didn’t really have a part in the story, yet he was there. While all this may seem like I didn’t enjoy the book, I did. I actually stayed home from dinner so that I could keep reading I was that pulled into it. The story was interesting and kept me guessing. I was not sure where it was heading, who was guilty, and if Zoe would be okay. The Girl Who Stayed was not an easy book. No way was it a quick read but it was a good read. I recommend checking it out.