Author: Rosalind Noonan
Goodreads: Eleven-year-old Lauren O’Neil vanished one sunny afternoon as she walked home from school. Six years later, her parents Rachel and Dan still tirelessly scour their Oregon hometown and beyond, always believing Lauren will be found. Then one day, the call comes. Lauren has been rescued from a secluded farm mere miles away, and her abductor has confessed. Yet her return is nothing like Rachel imagined. Though the revelations about what Lauren endured are shocking, most heartbreaking of all is to see the bright-eyed, assertive daughter she knew transformed into a wary, polite stranger. Lauren’s first instinct is to flee. For years she’s been told her parents forgot her; now she doubts the pieces of her life can ever fit together again. But Rachel refuses to lose her a second time. Little by little they must relearn what it means to be a family, trusting that their bond is strong enough to guide them back to each other.
Ope’s Opinion: Well, Rosalind Noonan did it again. She wrote a book on a subject (kidnapping) you are familiar with and took you on a different journey. Instead of the story being about the kidnap, it was about after it happened. I really enjoyed the different perspective.
It is hard to let you know all the reasons you should read this book without giving away too much. Some parts were a little predictable, but still very enjoyable read.
I have read Noonan’s book before and I will read as long she keeps writing!