Book Review of “Since She Went Away” by David Bell

*I received this E-book for free, in exchange for an honest review* 

Three months earlier, Jenna Barton was supposed to meet her lifelong best friend Celia. But when Jenna arrived late, she found that Celia had disappeared—and hasn’t been seen again. Jenna has blamed herself for her friend’s disappearance every single day since then.

The only piece of evidence is a lone diamond earring found where Celia and Jenna were planning to meet, leading the national media to dub Celia “The Diamond Mom.” And even though Jenna has obsessively surfed message boards devoted to missing persons cases, she is no closer to finding any answers—or easing her guilt.

But when her son’s new girlfriend—who suddenly arrived in town without a past—disappears, a stricken Jenna begins to unwind the tangled truth behind Celia’s tragedy. And as long-buried secrets finally come to light, she discovers how completely lives can be shattered by a few simple lies. (From Amazon)

Let me start off by saying. I have loved every book that I have read by David Bell. He is one of my favorite authors. I have even had a conversation with him on Instagram regarding my love for his books. So I was ecstatic when I saw this book available to review on Netgalley, and I was even more ecstatic with the publisher picked me to review it! I couldn’t wait to start reading this one. I rate this one a 5/5 I know that’s a high rating, but honestly I loved this book. And I love David Bells writing style. He has that shock factor in all of his books, you think you have it figured out, and you think you know whats going to happen, but honestly, you have NO idea. Once I start one of his books, I know I will be up late, I can never put his books down. Last night I was falling asleep while reading, because I wanted to finish one more chapter. Eventually I stopped around 1:30 a.m.

The mother/son relationship of Jenna and Jared was great. Mr. Bell had friendship nailed too. No matter how much you think you know your best friend, there is always secrets to be had, you truly cannot know everything about a person. Mothers, fathers, children, will do just about anything for each other. I think that Mr. Bell did a great job showing what great lengths people will go to, to protect each other.  The sweet high-school love story that was intertwined in this book was pretty sweet, and I thought it worked well, within the dark plot of the book.

 

**SPOILER ALERT**

Once I started reading, I knew there was something fishy with Tabitha, and her father. I thought it was going to turn out being something like He kidnapped her, and was holding her hostage, and was in love with her. I really didn’t think that he was actually going to BE her father, and I didn’t think he would be such a ruthless character. But I loved it, and I thought the story-line was the perfect addition to the main plot. However I hope maybe someday there is a sequel, or novella, I would love to see what happened to “Tabitha” once she entered foster care.