Thursday, 16 June 2016
The Leaving by Tara Altebrando
Six were taken. Eleven years later, five come back--with no idea of where they've been.
Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to.
Until today. Today five of those kids return. They're sixteen, and they are . . . fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn't really recognize the person she's supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they're entirely unable to recall where they've been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn't come back. Everyone wants answers. Most of all Max's sister Avery, who needs to find her brother--dead or alive--and isn't buying this whole memory-loss story.
I was really excited when I received this book for review.
The first three quarters or so is awesome. I found myself fascinated and needing to read more and more because I didn't want to put it down. I was desperate to know what happened to the kids and all the whys and wherefores of what had happened to them. In the end I had too put it down because it was a school night and then when I did pick it up again I just didn't care as much. I don't know if it's because the outcome wasn't as clever as I'd hoped or what it was but I ended up feeling a little disappointed and kicking myself for not powering through the night before sleep be damned.