Monday, March 18, 2013

#BookReview: The Next Time You See Me - Holly Goddard Jones

When Ronnie Eastman goes missing, no one seems to notice or care, except her sister, Susanna.  Even then, it takes her two weeks to notice that she's not heard from Ronnie.  Not that Susanna is entirely to blame.  Ronnie is known for partying hard and doing her own thing, she's been like that since they were teens and not much has changed in adulthood.

Susanna is dealing with her own issues.  It's finally dawned on her that while she may love her husband, she doesn't like him very much.  Dale is the high school band director, a big deal in their small town.  He never cared for Ronnie anyway, so her disappearance barely causes a blip on his radar, especially in the middle of football season.

As the half-hearted search for Ronnie continues, Goddard Jones draws the reader into the lives of various town members.  A lot of focus is given to the characters Emily Houchens, a middle school loner, and Wyatt, a middle aged factory worker.  Like Ronnie, very few people would notice if either of them went missing, yet each of them plays an integral part in the overall story.

Given a blessing by Gone Girl's Gillian Flynn, I have to agree that it's a great story.  I wouldn't necessarily put it on the same level as Flynn's work, but it's a definite page turner.  I loved the characters and the twists and turns that the story took.  There's no way to know how the story is going to end until the last few pages.

Published: February 2013
Disclaimer: Copy of book received from publisher, opinions are my own.

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