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Narrator: Dan John Miller
Publisher: NAL/Recorded Books
Publication Date: 10/07/2014
My Rating: 3 Stars
David Bell’s The Forgotten Girl is a mysterious and compelling drama of family, addiction, and dark secrets.
Jason has recently relocated from New York City to a small town in Ohio, where he grew up with his younger sister, Hayden. Hayden was always the bad gal while Jason was always the golden child. The brother-sister relationship is estranged, due to Hayden’s drug and alcohol addiction and she no longer lives in the childhood town.
Jason and his wife Nora are enjoying their small town living until one night Hayden shows up on their doorstep and requests they allow her daughter to stay with them until she takes care of some things. She appears to be sober and he agrees to the terms. When Hayden does not return, a suspicious past surfaces, and dark secrets, making for an intense mystery of deception and fear.
Bell creates flawed characters and a good set up; however, the audiobook turned me off, (narrated by Dan John Miller) with an annoying voice, when switching to the teen’s voice. I would not recommend the audiobook, and feel it most likely reflected my overall lower rating.
However, I do recommend The Forgotten Girl, and look forward to reading more by Bell in the future!