Tuesday, March 19, 2013

WHEN SHE WAS GONE: A PREVEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED 
WHEN SHE WAS GONE
BY GWENDOLEN GROSS

ABOUT THE BOOK:
What happened to Linsey Hart? When the Cornell-bound teenager disappears into the steamy blue of a late-summer morning, her quiet neighborhood is left to pick apart the threads of their own lives and assumptions.

Linsey’s neighbors are just ordinary people—but even ordinary people can keep terrible secrets hidden close. There’s Linsey’s mother, Abigail, whose door-to-door searching makes her social-outcast status painfully obvious; Mr. Leonard, the quiet, retired piano teacher with insomnia, who saw Linsey leave; Reeva, the queen bee of a clique of mothers, now obsessed with a secret interest; Timmy, Linsey’s lovelorn ex-boyfriend; and George, an eleven-year-old loner who is determined to find out what happened to his missing neighbor. 

As the days of Linsey’s absence tick by, dread and hope threaten to tear a community apart. This luminous new novel by the acclaimed author of The Orphan Sister explores coming of age in the shadows of a suburban life, and what is revealed when the light suddenly shines in. . . 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Gwendolen Gross is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, including The Orphan Sister and The Other Mother. She has worked with porcupines and kinkajous as a science demonstrator, on mountain tops as a naturalist, as an editor, opera singer, writing instructor, and mom. She lives in Northern New Jersey with her husband, daughter, and son.

PRAISE FOR WHEN SHE WAS GONE:
You'll be unable to put down this immensely readable, even rereadable book. The characters are all engaging, and while some may be more likeable than others, each has an angle that pulls the reader in. (4.5 stars)- Robyn Glazer, book review from Romantic Times

“A perfect balance of darkness and intricate struggles. Mix in a nail-biting plot and you have one outstanding read.”- Ann Hite, author of Ghost on Black Mountain

The author creates a mystery surrounding the whereabouts and fate of the unusually mature 17-year-old Linsey. Along the way, other mysteries and conflicts are raised and resolved, all with an eye toward offering insights into relationships: relationships with loved ones, relationships with neighbors, relationships with those we might not ordinarily notice or care about. Death, life, redemption and music combine in a rewarding novel.” - Kirkus Reviews book review 

“Similar in title and theme to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, Gwendolen Gross deftly depicts the dread-filled unfolding of a mother’s realization that her child is missing and clearly portrays how a crisis of this nature unearths alliances and fissures within a community.”- Library Journal book review, Sheila Riley, Smithsonian Libraries

Gwendolen Gross's canny twist on the missing-child trope ... is a caustic indictment of the superficiality of suburban mores and morals.” ​-Booklist book review. 

MY THOUGHTS/PREVIEW:
When I found out that WHEN SHE WAS GONE was being talked about much like GONE GIRL, which I loved, I quickly said yes to a review. I have just started it and can't imagine it will take long to finish depending on who needs me desperately tonight...or else, I believe I will be finished by morning as it has my attention just a few pages in. PLEASE watch for my review which will post prior to the giveaway's end and comment there as well so you can gain bonus entries for Gwendolen Gross's WHEN SHE WAS GONE!
   GIVEAWAY
THANKS TO STEPHANIE AND THE GOOD FOLKS
AT GALLERY AND SIMON & SCHUSTER BOOKS, I 
HAVE ONE COPY OF THIS THRILLER, WHEN SHE
WAS GONE, TO GIVE AWAY TO A FOLLOWER
 
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