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Average Rating: 3.0
When teenage best friends, Callie Carmine and Avery Malloy, are kidnapped from a tent in their front yard in a sleepy Midwestern town, the entire population of Newell is rocked to its core.
But when one of the girls returns twenty-four hours later, her body covered in injuries and zero recollection of what happened, the search is on for the girl who didn't get away.
Callie is still missing, her whereabouts unknown.
And as Avery attempts to piece together an impossible puzzle, she stumbles upon the terrifying realization that her best friend was harboring a dark secret...and she may have paid the ultimate price for it.
This story is told from the perspective of Avery and Henry in alternating chapters, read by Grace Paunescu and D. Michael Hope, respectively. Grace's youthful voice is appropriate as Avery, but she borders on overly dramatic in a few passages. Otherwise, both narrators perform quite satisfactorily.
Montgomery works too hard to keep the reader in suspense, making some of the action and behavior of the characters illogical and unrealistic. The story is suspenseful, but quite contrived.
NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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