This is it! I have finally finished the last book the Books & Broads Book Club agreed to read for this year. The November Book chosen by the book club was The Moment She Left by Susan Lewis. Let me tell you, Dear Bloggites, I made a huge sigh of relief finishing this one because I finally feel “caught up” to the other ladies in the club…LOL On to the review:
I was unsure if I would like this book only because I was told the majority of the ladies in the book club did not like this book. So, I figured it was going to be one of two things for me: 1. I hate it or 2. I love it. The answer is 2! I loved this book! I was already intrigued simply because it was a mystery AND a fiction book AND not about Hitler or WWII or any other war there is! 🙂 The story line for The Moment She Left was about a young girl who disappears one day without a trace. This young lady had everything going for her and her life was perfect, then she disappeared. Two years after the disappearance without a single clue what happened, the father, Blake, asked an ex-detective, Andee Lawrence, to revisit the case.
Andee, as a favor for a friend of hers, agrees to revisit the case even though she was sure the police did everything they could to find her and yet could not find any leads. Andee is a woman newly separated from her husband and is trying to find her way for herself outside her husband and children even though she is getting a lot of grief from everyone in the family. Taking on this case is a good distraction for Andee and as she starts digging in, finds that there is an area that was missed by the police. Once this area was discovered, a whole world of secrets are exposed for almost the entire town and one way or another, the key players are all tied to this disappearance.
No more story giveaway, on to the review. Susan Lewis did an amazing job and building out each character in this story while adding to the overall plot. The characters were well rounded and while this story was a mystery, there were funny characters that lightened and endeared the readers that much more to the town and people. This story is the first in a series on Andee Lawrence and I do plan on buying the others in the series because I really liked this character. Andee’s struggles with balancing life and work are struggles any one can relate to and the author wrote so well that you felt the emotions each character was feeling at the moment they had those feelings.
The only thing I did not like was that two-thirds of the way through the book, the end result of who did what to whom was apparent and so there was no surprise ending. That was a bit of a disappointment for me because I like those stories that keep me guessing until the very end. Even though the end became predictable, I still enjoyed the book and liked how each character was tied into the disappearance and how they were tied into the incident. Overall, I loved this book and recommend you go get it if you enjoy a good mystery that does not confuse you.
I give The Moment She Left by Susan Lewis 4 out of 5 Bookmarks. If you like a mystery, go out and give it a read.