The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo

Haunting… A look into the mind of a 13 year old girl who witnessed a robbery and the abduction of her popular classmate and the fallout in her own life, family and community. Meredith goes through a range of emotions as she sorts through her memories of what happened during the abduction as well as her memories of Lisa Bellow before her abduction and the “could of’s” that go through her mind about the abduction and after. It is heartbreaking and shocking what goes through her head. Then there is the way Lisa’s mother is acting, wanting Lisa’s friends to spend time at her house and to talk to at their homes and on the phone. The police can’t seem to figure out who the kidnapper is and if Lisa knew him. Meredith’s mother doesn’t know how to handle Meredith’s sudden distance from her and everyone else and her thoughts and mindset is sometimes refreshingly honest and at other times sort of scary. Meredith’s relationship with her brother, who is also still recovering from a life-changing event of his own, helped carry the storyline at times. Overall I liked the book, especially the character development, but I wished the book did not end as suddenly as it seemed to because I got attached to the characters and wanted to see more of their future.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

I received a free advanced copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.

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