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Publisher's Summary

The breakout novel from the critically acclaimed author of the short story collections Who I Was Supposed to Be and Why They Run the Way They Do. When a middle school girl is abducted in broad daylight, a fellow student and witness to the crime copes with the tragedy in an unforgettable way.
What happens to the girl left behind?
A masked man with a gun enters a sandwich shop in broad daylight, and Meredith Oliver suddenly finds herself ordered to the filthy floor, where she cowers face to face with her nemesis, Lisa Bellow, the most popular girl in her eighth-grade class. The minutes tick inexorably by, and Meredith lurches between comforting the sobbing Lisa and imagining her own impending death. Then the man orders Lisa Bellow to stand and come with him, leaving Meredith the girl left behind.
After Lisa's abduction, Meredith spends most days in her room. As the community stages vigils and searches, Claire, Meredith's mother, is torn between relief that her daughter is alive and helplessness over her inability to protect or even comfort her child. Her daughter is here, but not.
Like Everything I Never Told You and Room, The Fall of Lisa Bellow is edgy and original, a hair-raising exploration of the ripple effects of an unthinkable crime. It is a dark, beautifully rendered, and gripping novel about coping, about coming of age, and about forgiveness. It is also a beautiful illustration of how one family, broken by tragedy, finds healing.
©2017 Susan Perabo (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Life is Good on 10-20-17

Perfect tone.

Susan Perabo captures perfectly the point of view of both the mother and daughter. The suburban family dynamic is spot on. Really enjoyed this book as a family story and commentary on sudden loss and how we cope.

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4 out of 5 stars
By lolo610 on 07-13-17

Solid, Not Amazing

I liked the book, the story was solid but not amazing. A little anti climatic. Kept my attention but didn't blow me away. I would actually give this book a 3.5 or 3.7 if I could.

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