by Amanda Panitch
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult
Publication Date: June 28th 2016 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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A juicy thriller about a girl who returned from the missing. . .
Some choices change everything. Scarlett chose to run. And the consequences will be deadly.
Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she's starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life.
Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. Old memories come rushing back. And now as she meets her new coworkers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set into motion? And when push comes to shove, how far will she go to uncover the truth . . . before it's too late?
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Scarlett is back with her family after being kidnapped as a little girl. Things with her family are going well, except with her twin sister. Scarlett wants to feel connect to her again, but she knows it’s not that easy after being separated for so long. She’s ready to start working at the theme park, but a blast from the past is the last thing Scarlett thought she would encounter.
Sometimes it may look like someone is doing something bad, or evil, but when you look more closely at the situation, you realize that whatever’s happening may not be so bad or evil after all. It may be warranted. Maybe even good.
What I liked
When I started reading, I had no idea what to expect. I did think it was about uncovering who had taken the missing girl from the park. Boy, was I wrong and had no idea what was coming. You see, our main character cannot be held accountable for anything. She’s so unreliable! A lot of things happen with her that would leave me frowning and trying to figure out what the heck was going on.
The prologue set the eerie tone for the rest of the story. Scarlett’s past is like a messed up Cinderella tale, which she mentions herself. She’s forced to clean and tend to every need the woman upstairs has. Learning about Scarlett’s past was a little frightening. Knowing she could get back to her normal life was great. She was the main focus of the story, which was perfect for the narration. I loved the flashbacks of the story interwoven with what was happening in the present. It was so easy to follow and understand both periods of times in Scarlett’s life.
Scarlett’s narration spoke volumes to me. I was glued to her story and I kept wanting to dig deeper, to know more. It is why I read this book in one sitting. I tried to put it away, but I would find myself reading one more chapter until I had finished. Near the end, I was struck dumb and had to re-read a few paragraphs because my mind couldn’t grasp the plot twist! I must have said, “Wait, what?!” a lot of times before I actually understood. When I did, I just sat there staring at the book and thinking, “I NEVER saw this coming.” Even though I had a lot of WTF moments, the plot twist was my major “WTF?!”.
What fell flat
Unfortunately, the secondary characters fell flat to me. There wasn’t much going on with them and I feel like they didn’t contribute to the story.
Never Missing, Never Found is a YA thriller filled with so much suspense that it will leave you guessing and biting your nails until the very end.
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