Publication Date: Available Now from Mantle
Source: Review Copy
When Anna Flores’ adored older sister goes missing as a teenager, Anna copes by disappearing too, just as soon as she can: running as far away from her family as possible, and eventually building a life for herself abroad.
Thirty years later, the death of her mother finally forces Anna to return home. Tasked with sorting through her mother’s possessions, she begins to confront not just her mother’s death, but also the huge hole Gabriella’s disappearance left in her life – and finds herself asking a question she’s not allowed herself to ask for years: what really happened to her sister?
An excellent and beautifully written debut from Jenny Quintana here – a missing sister, a woman looking for answers and an evocative past/present setting that resonated.
The Missing Girl is emotionally gripping as we see Anna sorting through the aftermath of her mother’s death and returning again to that terrible time in her youth when her sister disappeared. Through flashback we see the events leading up to that day and, more importantly, the relationship that existed between the sisters and their parents.
This is a story about loss and about closure, it is less psychological thriller and more family drama, the mystery elements managed within that in a really clever and emotive way. Jenny Quintana writes with a deeply touching prose that really gets to the heart of the feelings of her characters, it is genuinely absorbing from the very first page.
Highly enjoyable and memorable this is a wonderful debut and I can’t wait to see what this author brings us next.
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