After She’s Gone by Maggie James
Lori Golden’s family have had more than their fair share of troubles. But through it all, Lori and her sister, Jessie, have always supported each other. Then Jessie is killed. And Lori’s world turns upside down.
Devastated, Lori struggles to cope with her loss, and to learn to live in a world without her bright, bubbly sister by her side. Around her, her already fractured family start to fall apart. And, as Lori and her mother try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, secrets long thought buried are coming painfully to light.
Faced with the unthinkable, Lori is forced to ask herself how well she really knows those who are left behind…
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I absolutely love Maggie’s books and every time I read one I wonder how she is going to write something I love more yet she always manages it. So when I started reading this book I really thought this might be one that didn’t quite hit the mark the synopsis makes it sound like another ‘family member dies family struggles’ book so if you are thinking the same and reading this STOP this book is soooo much more. There is so much going on and Maggie has expertly written this in a way that ensures the reader has no problem keeping up. There is no going backwards and forwards through time either which makes for an easy read that enables the reader to really get into the story.
The book is a combination of Thriller, romance, family drama, medical and psychological thriller. The story begins with Jessie being murdered at only 15 years of age. She was a much loved bubbly outgoing girl and left behind a gap so big it causes everything to fracture. As Lori struggles to cope with the loss of her little sister others rely on her and things start happening over which she has no control. Very intriguing with suspense all the way through this is a very unique story and one that will keep you turning pages well into the night.
Lori’s character is sheer brilliance. Maggie develops this slowly and gradually into a likeable young woman who has always lived in her sister’s shadow feeling inadequate and second best to the sister she loved with all her heart. Her mother Dana is another character skillfully built a woman who has made mistakes and blames these for the bad cards fate has dealt her.
The book covers so many issues I wouldn’t have thought it possible to get them all in one book successfully but Maggie has done it with mind blowing results. There are relationships, illness, tragedy, violence, romance and of course many thrills. An excellent book I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.
A big thank you to Netgalley who provided me with a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
I’ve never read anything by her. Thanks for the tip!
I have read an loved all but one and that is on my to read list. They are all great.
Thats great to hear