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.
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Solid, Not Amazing
A Gripping, Fast-Paced Read
I was immediately immersed in the story and cared about the characters: Meredith and her family. And Lisa's mother, Colleen.
Clare. She was a strong, flawed, and honest mother.
If you would like to lose yourself in a fast-paced, suspenseful, and beautiful writing then listen to this novel! Susan Perabo is an excellent, gifted writer. The story of how the Oliver family attempts to cope with tragedy and survival is gripping. This novel captures the complexity of trying to cope with unforeseen, tragic circumstances, and their consequences. Reading this novel will not only immerse you in the world of the Oliver family but it will change you in how you view life and all its unpredictable elements.Perabo has once again created an entertaining, complex, and moving story. Madeleine Maby offered a smooth and clear read, letting Perabo's words illicit the story vs. her acting. I highly recommend this audiobook of Perabo's novel.
- Priscilla F Bourgoine