I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on June 28th, 2016
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
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Some choices change everything. Scarlett chose to run. And the consequences will be deadly.
Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she's starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life.
Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. Old memories come rushing back. And now as she meets her new coworkers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set into motion? And when push comes to shove, how far will she go to uncover the truth . . . before it's too late?
Having not read Amanda’s debut novel, Damage Done – which by the way, I will be remedying soon! I wasn’t sure what to expect. I love YA thrillers, but there’s this lack of oomph that really gets me going lately when it comes to the genre, so needless to say I was nervous.
Fear not, my friends!
This book was brilliant. No, if’s and’s or buts, just brilliant.
The writing is very easy to read and pulls you in from the very beginning. When I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about reading it. I love the dual time lines; with the flashbacks to the past. They correlate well with what was currently happening. This book is full of twists, and I am not one to brag, but I’m good at figuring things out as the are unfolding or beforehand, and I did NOT in this case. Sure, I noticed a few things, and there were hints, and well-done foreshadowing but man. I was thrown!
My favorite part of the book is how unreliable of a narrator Scarlet is. Not only that, it becomes apparent pretty early that when things start to happen and the book picks up, you know she knows more than you do, and it’s frustrating! Not in a bad way, but simply because you can’t figure out what is real, not real, or who is wrong/right. And if you should even believe what’s going on the in the first place!
IF I were to mention things that bugged me, it would be the sheer volume of secondary characters, and lack of development for some. It’s honestly not important enough for me to dwell on it because it’s not their story and some of their reasons for being within the story are moot, but the ones that WERE important to the story felt… I don’t’ know. Bland? But again, small thing.
The book is still brilliant.
I wish I could discuss, in detail, this book with y’all but you need to experience this one on your own without spoilers. Never Missing, Never Found solidifies why I love this genre so much! I can’t wait for more books from this author. She is definitely on an auto-buy list for me! Highly recommend it!
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