I am a mystery reader. I love trying to gather the clues and solve the story. I just love a good thriller too.
There have been many children kidnapped and missing for many years. Some stay missing while others come back. Take Jaycee Lee Dugard, Elizabeth Smart, Steven Stayner and many more returned to a life of normalcy… or do they?
Never Missing, Never Found explores the concept of a stolen child and her return home to normalcy. But when a girl goes missing a mystery converses throughout the whole book that takes the reader on a roller coaster of a ride! Let’s take a look at the Never Missing, Never Found.
“A juicy thriller about a girl who returned from the missing. . . . Hand to
fans of We Were Liars, Bone Gap, and Vanishing Girls.
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? “
This book was a great thrill ride. I enjoyed it to the surprising ending!
Scarlett was kidnapped at age 12 and held for a period of time in a basement cleaning a house for a wicked woman she deems Stepmother. Now she’s 17 and working at an amusement park trying to get her life on track. But when a co-worker goes missing things spiral out of control.
Panitch does a wonderful job at setting up the suspense, mystery and intrigue in this story. Scarlet goes from the present to the past throughout the book. From her times at the amusement park to her times in the basement. I looked forward with each turn of the page to being thrust back to the house where Scarlett lived. I found I wanted to that read time period more than the present day setting. I wasn’t sure what was going on until Katharina appeared and the mystery of Scarlett’s past deepened.
It’s in the basement that Scarlett bonded with another stolen girl named Pixie. You couldn’t help but feel sympathy for these girls and their trials with Stepmother. You coundn’t help but feel for Scarlett and the way her sister Melody treated her with cold distaste and much distant. Panitch does a wonderful job at creating sympathy for these characters. I wasn’t really into the romance between Scarlett and Connor or some of the other secondary character but it doesn’t matter. The story took hold of you in the prologue. Grasped you the moment you went back to the past with Scarlett. Chokes you when you think you solved the mystery, which I thought I did because of some clues and phrases throughout the book. But wait…. there is even a bigger twist at the end! If you think you solved it just turn to the last page. Bam! I haven’t been that surprised in a while. It wasn’t expected. I hadn’t seen it coming.
Should you read it? Yes! A satisfying thriller with a twisted ending! I couldn’t put the book down!
About the author:
I am a mystery reader. I love trying to gather the clues and solve the story.