The Life Group

The Life Group

by Jortner Maura


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Every day since her sister vanished, Rachel has visited the radical church where Leah was last seen. There are still no suspects or leads, but Rachel’s positive clues lie in that church somewhere.

Thirteen days on from Leah’s disappearance, the pastor introduces Rachel to Tim, a devout worshiper of his Lord. To avoid dealing with his own demons, he agrees to spend the day helping Rachel search for her sister.

It’s Saturday, March 14. Maybe today will be the day. Maybe today Rachel will be reunited with Leah. Or maybe today will change Rachel’s life forever.

For fans of GONE GIRL, this gripping Young Adult thriller will keep you guessing until its explosive climax.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780994451194
Publisher: Lakewater Press
Publication date: 11/28/2016
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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HeatherBloggs More than 1 year ago
So, I finished reading this in just two days after starting, Maura Jortner’s debut Young Adult Thriller novel, The Life Group. While it was written for high school students, this book is great for any age over 14. The Life group kept me glued to every page until I finished the book, with only two questions running through my head, what will happen to Leah and if she will ever find her sister Rachel. Rachel, is this young woman who is actively searching for her sister, Leah, who went missing. She leads you through an a series of twists and turns with an incredibly shocking ending that you will not see coming! The Life Group takes you on a journey that is full of thrilling dynamics that bring a certain realness to make it a thrilling ordinary yet unique real. By adding themes of current issues going on in society today it brings a relief to see someone fighting to keep the out of control in her life in control. Readers will experience of Rachel’s fierce loyalty, her longing to find and save her sister, and her desperation as she lives out one life-altering day. This was one of the most emotionally charged books I have read in a long time and I recommended this book for anyone who wants a new thrill yet real book to read.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Rachel is at the door of the Salvation Day church. Rachel had met Ashley Newman a few days ago and Genna and some of the other girls. As the girls were to leave the church Rachel pulls open the door and you can tell Ashley and the others had hope to avoid Rachel. Ashley told Rachel she had told her the group was closed to visitors. Ashley also states that as soon as she accepts God’s plan for her sister Leah , the sooner she will find peace. Then Rachel saw some hair in one of the girl’s bible and she claimed it was some of her three year old brother’s first haircut all her family had went. But the girl kept her eyes closed as if hiding something. Leah’s hair had been the same color as the hair in the girl's’ bible. Ashleys’ group was called “ The Sisters Of The Cross”. Rachel’s parents had emptied their savings account and took out a personal loan to offer twenty five thousand dollars as a reward to find Leah. Rachel’s father hadn’t left the house in a couple of weeks and her mother only did a horrific cry all the time. Rachel had to get out of the house and try to find Leah herself. The church was the last place Leah had been seen. Leah was eighteen, a college student who was failing. With Leah there was always something but she was the life of the party. Rachel sees Pastor James praying with a man. After awhile Pastor James comes to Rachel and offers to introduce her to Tim who knows everything that goes on in the church. Tim is having a bad day but was still willing to talk to Rachel. Today was the anniversary of Tim's’ brothers death and Tim blamed himself for Andrew’s death. Leah had been gone thirteen days now. Leah had been going to class and the next day she was gone. Salvation Day church was known to attract the most radical Christians and didn’t seem to have anyone over the age of thirty in the church which included Pastor James. Tim offers to take Rachel around looking for Leah. This was a pretty good book. It was a little longer then I felt it had to be but it had everything it needed to make the story a good one. I can understand why Tim and the others in Tim’s small group felt the only way they could be free from the darkness and pain they felt. I loved how Rachel would not give up on her sister Leah no matter what and how she actively pursued looking for her sister. Even though mason was a butt in the end he was there for Leah and did help Rachel when she really needed him to. This story had a good plot and I liked the characters for the most part.I loved the ins and outs of the story and i recommend.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Ever since Leah went missing, her sister Rachel has been looking for answers. Leah was last seen at the Salvation Day church, but what was she doing there? During one of her visits to the church, Rachel meets Tim, who lost his brother Andrew in a car crash exactly one year ago. Tim has an appointment at 4.36pm, but he offers to help Rachel look for Leah until then. Throughout the course of the day, Rachel meets plenty of people who might have something to do with Leah's disappearance: the creepy Sisters of the Cross, Pastor James, Leah's ex-boyfriend Mason, Leah's roommate Kaylee ... and what about Tim? Is he too good to be true? Can he be trusted? The story of Rachel's search is interspersed with snippets of a YouTube video with rapidly increasing views. But just how is this video related to Leah's disappearance? As the clock slowing ticks forward to 4.36pm, the suspense builds to a fever pitch. This is an intriguing mystery that will keep readers of all ages hooked to the very end. While I did guess some aspects of plot, this book nevertheless kept me up way past my bedtime! Warnings: coarse language, infidelity, suicide. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (12 January):
UndertheBookCover More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Lakewater Press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for review! I went into this book fairly blind, knowing only that it involved a missing girl and a church. While I didn't know exactly what to expect from The Life Group, I certainly wasn't expecting a book that provided some serious thrills and chills from start to finish. Rachel has been visiting the church where her missing sister, Leah, was last seen every day since she vanished. The radical church is a sure place to find some clues, Rachel just doesn't know where to look. When the pastor introduces Rachel to a devout member of the church named Tim, he agrees to spend the day helping her search for her missing sister. Rachel is holding out hope that today will be the day she finds answers, or is reunited with Leah, but can't even begin to think that this is the day that will change everything. I spent a large portion of this book on the edge of my seat, suspecting everyone that Rachel came into contact with. This is very much a who-dun-it book that keeps you guessing from the very first page. The incredibly creepy opening sets the tone for the whole book and takes the idea of a thriller to an entirely new level. You're kept guessing and suspecting and wondering just what happened to this girl, and discovering that the truth is so much more awful than you could have guessed is a tough pill to swallow, metaphorically. Your mind can make a thousand guesses and the reveal is like getting the air knocked out of you. It was definitely something I was not expecting, and I found myself shocked and my jaw on the floor while reading the end. The Life Group pulls no punches and is incredibly raw and real in the most beautiful way. It's heartbreaking, shocking, and unlike anything in the YA genre. Rachel was such a brave and bold character. She took numerous chances throughout the book in her search to find her sister, and I was amazed at how different she was. She's not your typical female main character, not by a long shot. She's loud and opinionated, strong in both her mind and body, as well as incredibly brave. Rachel never apologizes for being the way that she is, and I loved that about her. It's apparent that while the two sisters don't always get along, Leah means everything to Rachel, and you can see that in the actions and decisions that Rachel makes while she's out with Tim. She does things that she never thought she would do and even realizes that herself at one point. Being out with Tim, a complete stranger, and having the ability to confront people regarding Leah's disappearance really seems to bring out the best in Rachel. By the end, with everything that happens in her journey, you can't help but feel for her. I found myself wanting to give her a hug and, when the book was over, find out more about what happens afterwards. She's just a fantastically written, incredibly relatable and lovable character that you'll find yourself drawn into her story from start to finish. The writing of this story was so easy to fall into and get lost in. There is an incredibly suspenseful atmosphere that is present on every page and you're never quite sure what's around the next corner. You end up suspecting everyone from the helpful church boy to the sketchy ex-boyfriend but you're never really sure why you're suspecting anyone. Check out the rest at: