What I’m Reading: Before She Was Found

The last book review I did was for Heather Gudenkauf…this review is for another book by her, Before She was Found.  Gudenkauf is an Iowa writer and I always love her books.  Picking this one to listen to was an easy selection as I’ve never had a book by her that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy.  You might remember that I just finished another book by this same author, This is How I Lied.  I loved that book and was hopeful that I would love this book too.

Before She Was Found: A Novel by [Heather Gudenkauf]
I was reading along..I thought I had figured out whodunit….but surprisingly, I was wrong.  That usually doesn’t happen for me, but after reviewing the story, I could see how I might have missed a few clues as to who was the real purpetrator.  I loved the book…seriously, I always love her books.

This story was told through the perspective of many and I really appreciated that.  To often in life when a tragedy happens, we forget that many are affected by a single event.  This book was a good reminder that many feel the impact of a single event.

Here is what Amazon had to say:
For twelve-year-old Cora Landry and her friends Violet and Jordyn, it was supposed to be an ordinary sleepover—movies and Ouija and talking about boys. But when they decide to sneak out to go to the abandoned rail yard on the outskirts of town, little do they know that their innocent games will have dangerous consequences.

Later that night, Cora Landry is discovered on the tracks, bloody and clinging to life, her friends nowhere to be found. Soon their small rural town is thrust into a maelstrom. Who would want to hurt a young girl like Cora—and why? In an investigation that leaves no stone unturned, everyone is a suspect and no one can be trusted—not even those closest to Cora.

Before She Was Found is a timely and gripping thriller about friendship and betrayal, about the power of social pressure and the price of needing to fit in. It is about the great lengths a parent will go to protect their child and keep them safe—even if that means burying the truth, no matter the cost.

Amazon readers gave the book 4.4 stars.  I’d totally agree.  The book really kept my interest.  I listened to it over a day and half fighting to find time to listen.  That’s when I know it was a good book.

If you’re interested, you can find the book HERE on Amazon.

3 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: Before She Was Found

  1. MaureenHP

    Jo,
    I always enjoy your “What I’m Reading ” posts. It’s not uncommon for me to add the title to my list of possible future reads. Thanks for the recommendations!

  2. Bobbie

    I just finished reading This is How I Lied, per your recommendation, and thoroughly enjoyed it. After reading your post on Before She Was Found, I have now added that to my Kindle to be my next book to read. Thanks!

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