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ARC REVIEW: NOWHERE GIRL by Susan Strecker

NOWHERE GIRL

Author: Susan Strecker
Source: eARC via the Publisher
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary:
"The day Savannah was killed she was fifteen minutes late to meet me." So begins bookseller favorite Susan Strecker's second novel of twin sisters and the murder that left one twin behind.

Savannah was the popular bad girl skipping school and moving quickly from one boyfriend to the next, so when she didn't meet Cady as promised, Cady wasn't surprised and the truth was Cady was already a bit mad at her. When Cady suddenly becomes short of breath she realizes Savannah is in trouble, but within minutes Savannah is gone.

Years later Cady, now a bestselling author of suspense, spends her time interviewing killers, hoping each interview will help her understand what happened to her sister. Despite Savannah's death, the bond Savannah and Cady share has never been broken. Savannah still comes to Cady, but the clues her sister sends don't add up until a chance encounter while researching her latest novel provides a missing piece of the puzzle.

Purchase:
Amazon | Chapters | TBD
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
 
I really enjoyed this one. I thought there was the right amount of mystery and intrigue while giving you the clues to solve it that it kept me reading along. I like when mystery novels give you some clues as to who did the crime, but also when you reread and find more subtle hints to it. I had it semi-figured out around 40% of the novel but the actual outcome was something I don't think anyone could have guessed. I'm not sure this one has that "rereadability" factor though, not for me at least.

I liked all the characters, but I would have liked to see more come out of the marital issues that Cady and Greg had. It felt like it was so prominent and then got swept under the rug. That is actually pretty true for all the romance/romantic issues in this one. There was so much build up to something happening and then nothing came out of it.

I liked Cady. I liked that she had fears and flaws and was really scrutinizing herself because I could completely relate to her. I was completely inside her head during this novel and felt as though I was living her life. I think she was such a strong character and the perfect heroine for this novel. I don't think I would have enjoyed it half as much if it hadn't been told in first person through her perspective.

The pacing was pretty good, I thought it lagged a little bit in some areas but this wasn't enough to deter me from continuing reading or even take a break (I at one point ran into a doorway because I was reading and walking). I highly recommend this one and think it will be one that everyone enjoys.

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