Girl, Missing is a story of an adopted fourteen-year-old girl who realises that she may have been kidnapped as a baby. This book originally came out in 2006 so I received the 10-year anniversary edition. Though I believe that I am slightly older than the target audience (young adults), I still enjoyed the story. I’m quite interested in the subject of adoption and this was a tale that was different to what I have read before.
In the note from the author at the beginning of the book, the author mentions that they considered modernising the book to appeal to the youth of today – changing the texting to something more contemporary. Personally, I’m really glad that this version stuck to the original edition. It was a nice piece of nostalgia for me since “text speak” was my generation (I definitely no longer type that fast!) and I think it’s good for teens of the following generations to see what life was like before the days of smart phones.
The story itself surprised me. I was expecting the storyline to go in one direction and that would be it but the place I thought the book would have originally ended, was where the plot took a very interesting turn. I definitely enjoyed the last third of the book the most! The majority of the chapters ended in cliffhangers, which made me consume the book in a couple of days. The characters were interesting, relatable and there was never a dull moment.
Though there were times when my 28-year-old self would speak up and say, “this totally wouldn’t happen” in places, my fourteen-year-old self would tell her to shut it. I’m glad I kept reading because it turned out pretty interesting without giving anything away, and there were plenty of twists that I wasn’t expecting. I would absolutely be interested in reading one of her thrillers for adults.
And finally, I will completely admit that I am one to judge a book by it’s cover and this anniversary edition completely passed the test. It’s so pretty!
I would give Girl, Missing a 3 and a half out of 5 stars.
*I was sent this book to review, however as usual, all opinions are my own.