Title: One Year Gone
Author: Avery Bishop
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: August 10, 2021
Page Count: 366
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
A mother will risk everything to find her missing daughter in this twisty thriller from the author of Girl Gone Mad.
“Sometimes teenagers run away…Give her a few days. She’ll be back.”
That’s what the police tell Jessica Moore when her seventeen-year-old daughter, Wyn, vanishes. All signs point to this being true. But days become weeks. Weeks become months. And Jessica begins to fear the terrible truth—that she may never see her daughter again.
Then, one year later, when all hope seems lost, Jessica gets a flurry of text messages from Wyn that freeze her blood: mom. please help. i think he’s going to kill me. But Wyn’s terrified plea comes with a warning not to call the police. Her kidnapper wears a badge.
As Jessica’s fears are raised again, so are the stakes. Delving into the months leading up to Wyn’s disappearance, Jessica stumbles upon information that could put her own life in danger. With each revelation, the nightmare deepens. Now she must decide just how far she’ll go to bring her daughter home.
One Year Gone by Avery Bishop is a mystery/thriller read. The story in this novel is told in dual timelines from different points of view. The story in the present follows the mother after her daughter has been missing a year and the past flashes back to the daughter leading up to the disappearance.
Jessica Moore has been barely coping the last year since her seventeen year old daughter, Wyn, went missing. Turning to the bottle to console her grief Jessica hasn’t totally lost hope that she will see Wyn again as the days turn into weeks, then months and now a year.
When Wyn didn’t come home the police were called but they came to the conclusion that Wyn had simply run away from home. Jessica has always felt that weren’t true though so when she gets a text from Wyn’s phone that indicates she may have been kidnapped and is being held Jessica is sure that her daughter will come home.
Alright, I’m not sure what it is lately with picking up thrillers that I can’t even decide how I feel about them once I get to the end. One Year Gone was yet another book that I flew through reading and while it had some flaws (one point I almost threw my Kindle in frustration) I still thought I was going to finish with a flurry and end up in the plus side of the ratings. However, the ending. I just can’t. I honestly thought wow, way to go BIG on this one. But uh, yeah I’m left with a why?? feeling that I can’t shake with so many things I keep picking at with the ending now that I think back. So this one is just getting the old three stars I don’t really hate it because I was engrossed as I read but I’m not sure I even liked it that much when I’m done either.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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