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The Girl Who Never Came Back by Amy Cross - free on Kindle (24/02/14) not sure how long for

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SarahAndFuck Mon 24-Feb-14 12:28:58

I've had this one on my wish list and just noticed it's free, for today at least.

This is the blurb: "Charlotte Abernathy is foul-mouthed and free-spirited, but she hides a dark secret: twenty years ago, when she was just eight years old, Charlotte vanished while playing near her family's home. Despite a frantic search, no trace of her was found until a year later, when the little girl turned up on the doorstep with no memory of where she'd been.

Today, Charlotte has put her mysterious ordeal behind her, even though she's never learned where she was during that missing year. Her life's a mess, and she spends most of her time trying to annoy her sister. However, when Charlotte's eight-year-old niece vanishes in similar circumstances, a fully-grown Charlotte is forced to make a fresh attempt to uncover the truth.

The Girl Who Never Came Back is a psychological thriller about a woman who is forced to confront her family's dark past. In the process, she begins to unravel the secret surrounding her disappearance, the horrific truth about her niece's fate, and the identity of the ghostly figure that still seems to haunt the family.

Total word count is approximately 57,000. Please note that this book contains frequent bad language and mild, infrequent violence. Also includes a short preview of The Dead and the Dying."

No idea if it's any good or not, but it's free so I've downloaded it to give it a try.

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BeingAGrownupSucks Mon 24-Feb-14 12:33:51

Thanks for that I was looking for something to read tonight.

Dwerf Mon 24-Feb-14 13:27:11

Cheers for that smile

PotatoPolly Mon 24-Feb-14 13:30:14

downloaded, thanks Sarah

mum2jakie Mon 24-Feb-14 15:14:43


MsIngaFewmarbles Mon 24-Feb-14 15:17:20

Sounds great, downloaded thank you

myflabberisgasted Mon 24-Feb-14 15:19:26

Haha i'd just come on here to write the exact same thread!

I've had it on my wish list for a while too and have just noticed it was free. Hope it's good smile

MrsBungle Mon 24-Feb-14 15:22:27

Great thanks.

SarahAndFuck Mon 24-Feb-14 17:03:30

Now I want to know what else you have on your wish list myflabber smile

If we are watching similar things you might have a few recommendations for me.

I hope everyone enjoys it now.

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VivaLeBeaver Mon 24-Feb-14 17:05:38

Thanks, have downloaded.

Cantdothisagain Mon 24-Feb-14 18:55:23

Thanks- have downloaded too.

Doshusallie Mon 24-Feb-14 19:02:53

Thanks very much!!

Cantdothisagain Wed 26-Feb-14 07:19:35

Has anyone finished this yet? I'm partway through and not as gripped as I thought I would be - there is something annoying me about the style. Is it worth carrying on?

MimsyBorogroves Wed 26-Feb-14 11:33:18

Thanks, Sarah - not heard of this before but downloaded. Can't refuse a free recommendation!

PanicMode Thu 27-Feb-14 19:26:47

I've just finished it - glad I didn't pay for it! Cantdothisagain probably only worth carrying on if you remotely care about any of the characters - which I didn't....and the explanation is so completely, totally and utterly ridiculous that I wish I hadn't wasted the hour or so I spent reading it.....

Cantdothisagain Thu 27-Feb-14 19:43:50

I think I'm giving up on it - got so far and really not caring much. Oh well - it was free and worth a try. Thanks for replying!

SarahAndFuck Thu 27-Feb-14 22:40:47

Oh, that bad? I haven't started it yet, but it sounded so promising. sad

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PanicMode Fri 28-Feb-14 06:32:35

I thought it was terrible, sorry! The language was totally gratuitous and I thought the plot, ridiculous. I'm angry I wasted my time reading it!

Cantdothisagain Fri 28-Feb-14 07:15:09

Sarah - it did sound promising, I agree. It fails to live up to promise. Glad I tried it though while it was free! So thanks for posting the link.

PanicMode Fri 28-Feb-14 16:40:21

Sarah, sorry it sounded as though I was cross with you - I wasn't, I agree it did sound interesting! It was a good idea but squandered by the author (IMO!)

myflabberisgasted Sat 01-Mar-14 10:21:39

Sorry Sarahandfuck (love the name!) I've just seen your reply. I'll have a look at my wish list now and write them all down!
Although from just scanning through the comments I can see this one isn't going down to well.

Books I've read and enjoyed that I can remember are -
Before I go to sleep
Gone girl
The play date
Eye contact
Most Diane chamberlain ones
The magpies (which I think is 99p today!)
Elizabeth Haynes is fab too

Will have a look at my wish list now...

myflabberisgasted Sat 01-Mar-14 10:48:34

Ok so wish list as follows -

The farm - Tom rob smith
Before we met - lucie whitehouse
Golden boy - Abigail tarttelin
Rage against the dying - Becky masterman
The never list - koethi zan
Where are you now - Mary Higgins Clark
The house we grow up in - Lisa Jewell
The five people you meet in heaven - mitan alban
The poison tree - Erin Kelly
Precious thing - Colette mcbeth
Reconstructing Amelia - Kimberly mcCreight
Every last one - Anna quinden
Knife edge - fergus McNeil
Do me no harm - Julie carbin
Under a silent moon - Elizabeth Haynes
The shadow year - Hannah richell
Nearest thing to crazy - Elizabeth Forbes
Under your skin - Sabine durrant
You're next - Gregg hurwitz
Can't let go - jane hill
Husband missing - Polly Williams
Six years - Harlan coben
Wonder - R J Palacio

Can't remember what most of them are about now but they sounded good at the time of adding them!

SarahAndFuck Sat 01-Mar-14 15:00:56

We've got four more in common on the wish lists then myflabber, mine also has Before We Met, The Poison Tree, Nearest Thing To Crazy and Under Your Skin on it grin

I can recommend Can't Let Go by Jane Hill and I did quite like Reconstructing Amelia. And I'm the same when I add something, it sounds good at the time but then I forget exactly what it might be about.

panic it's fine, I always feel annoyed at the author as well if I feel they have let the story down. Sophie Hannah provokes me like you wouldn't believe because she promises so much and rarely delivers.

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myflabberisgasted Sat 01-Mar-14 16:43:47

Urgh I don't bother with Sophie Hannah anymore. The books always sound amazing but her writing style I find awful!

fromparistoberlin Sat 01-Mar-14 17:35:58

yy I read one sophie hannah that was fab, the rest are...disappointing

i am literally on MN is my kindle emplty so looking for reccs

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