AND THEN SHE WAS GONE
This beautifully written novel handles sensitive topics with grace, bringing the inner thoughts of the characters to light in a manner that will make readers ache for their struggles. Deeply moving, this story about what it means to rebuild a family after a crisis is truly one of hope.
Rachel and Dan O’Neil have never stopped searching for their 11-year-old daughter, who was taken from their neighborhood six years ago. When Lauren is finally found, the reunion is nothing like they anticipated. Lauren’s time in captivity has transformed their once-cheerful daughter into a reserved stranger, causing a steep uphill battle for everyone involved. As the O’Neils struggle to heal from the scars that Lauren’s kidnapping left behind, they learn to redefine family and move forward in an unexpected way. (KENSINGTON, Jan., 336 pp., $15.00)