Monday, March 14, 2016

Nowhere Girl by Susan Strecker

What They Say....."The day Savannah was killed she was fifteen minutes late to meet me." 
So begins bookseller favorite Susan Strecker's second novel of twin sisters and the murder that left one twin behind.
Savannah was the popular bad girl skipping school and moving quickly from one boyfriend to the next, so when she didn't meet Cady as promised, Cady wasn't surprised and the truth was Cady was already a bit mad at her. When Cady suddenly becomes short of breath she realizes Savannah is in trouble, but within minutes Savannah is gone.
Years later Cady, now a bestselling author of suspense, spends her time interviewing killers, hoping each interview will help her understand what happened to her sister. Despite Savannah's death, the bond Savannah and Cady share has never been broken. Savannah still comes to Cady, but the clues her sister sends don't add up until a chance encounter while researching her latest novel provides a missing piece of the puzzle.

What I Say....Cady has grown up in the shadow of the tragedy of her twin sister's death.  So has her brother, and her parents.  Each are dealing with it in different ways, but it is impacting all of their relationships and lives.  Everyone hurts but no one talks about it.

Candy begins writing her latest criminal suspense novel, running into a high school crush who is now a prison guard - excuse me, corrections officer.

As she begins talking with the people around her about her sister, it becomes apparent that not everyone saw Savannah's promiscuity with the same rose colored glasses as Cady.  Her conversations include a Hannibal Lecter type interview with a local serial killer, which didn't make a lot of sense to me.

As the story progresses, Cady starts to doubt everyone around her, even wondering if her best friend might have been her sisters killer.

I need to be careful as telling too much of anything in this story would be a spoiler, but the first obvious clue was in Savannah's very first runaway attempt.

When the end came, it was both thought provoking and a let down at the same time.  I'm not quite sure how I feel about it - I'm glad Cady found her peace but she still didn't seem to realize how much she didn't see in her own twin.

Definitely worth reading - if you've already read it, let me know what you thought!

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