If you have been visiting Mountain Mama Book Reviews for a while then you know that David Bell has been featured in previous reviews and his works line my bookshelf. His books are nothing short of thrilling and have always been a favorite of mine. Bell is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author whose works include Layover, Somebody’s Daughter, Bring Her Home, Since She Went Away, Somebody I Used to Know, The Forgotten Girl, Never Come Back, The Hiding Place, and Cemetery Girl. (See my review for Somebody I Used to Know here). The most recent of Bell's works to cross my path was The Forgotten Girl.
In The Forgotten Girl the past has arrived uninvited at Jason Danvers’s door in the form of his younger sister, Hayden, a former addict who severed all contact with her family as her life spiraled out of control. Now she’s clean and sober but in need of a desperate favor—she asks Jason and his wife to take care of her teenage daughter for forty-eight hours while she handles some business in town. But Hayden never returns. Her disappearance brings up more unresolved problems from Jason’s past, including the abrupt departure of his best friend on the night of their high school graduation twenty-seven years earlier. When a body is discovered in the woods, the mysteries of his sister’s life—and possible death—deepen. One by one these events will shatter every expectation Jason has ever had about families, about the awful truths that bind them, and the secrets that should be taken to the grave
As you may be able to tell, Bell is a frequented author on my reading list, so this book was a bit disappointing. Though the characters were well-written, as they always are, the story line was slow paced, unlike Bell's previous works that I have read. At the time, I had been in a bit of a reading funk (we all know what that is like), so it took me a few weeks to really get into this book. I found myself in a lull, and unfortunately at the time The Forgotten Girl was my book of choice. I feel like my opinion of this book is a byproduct of both the slow paced plot and my lack of interest and time put into reading. In addition to this combination, though I felt the characters were well-developed, I couldn't quite connect with any of the main characters. Though this is a very brief review, my main suggestion would be for those who are new to Bell's works, to start with his other books, like Someone I Used to Know, over The Forgotten Girl.
A special thank you to Get Red PR for sending me The Forgotten Girl, as they know I am a fan of David Bell's works. I received this book around Christmas time, so it was the perfect time to get some book mail!