“His hands felt sweaty as he undid the two locks and the chain and pulled the door open. She turned around as the door came open, and there, in the sickly pale glow of the porch light, Jason came face-to-face with his sister, Hayden, for the first time in five years.
“Hey, big brother,” she said through the screen.
Jason was surprised by what he saw.”
Jason Danvers’ past has come hurtling back into his life. First, in the form of an old acquaintance, who questions Jason about his best friend, who disappeared 27 years ago. Then, Jason’s troubled little sister comes to town, requesting for Jason and his wife to look after her daughter for 48 hours. When Hayden doesn’t return after her 48 hours, Jason begins to wonder if she’s up to her old vices—alcohol and bad decisions. Thus begins the twisting mystery that sends Jason’s life into turmoil. He must track down his sister, keep his niece out of danger and piece together what happened to Logan all those years ago.
David Bell’s The Forgotten Girl, is an interesting mystery, carefully woven together. It is not an action packed story, but one designed to play with perception and trust. The novel follows Jason as he makes contact again and again with the same cast of characters—old friends and new enemies—and discovers new twists and turns within his quickly changing life.
I thought Jason was a bland character, his only motive to return life back to normal, but it worked in the story. He was balanced out by his wild and dangerous younger sister, who could never really be trusted. Jason and his wife, Nora, battle together through somewhat of a mid-life crisis. They complement each other nicely, as characters, especially with the added element of teen-aged Sierra.
The fast-paced and exciting novel is an enjoyable read. It is well put together and unpredictable.
I received a free ARC copy from Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.