Grace is Gone by Emily Elgar

Date
Feb, 18, 2020
Grace is Gone Book Cover Grace is Gone
Emily Elgar
Thriller
Sphere
February 2020
Physical

A small town’s beloved family.

A shocking, senseless crime—and the dark secret at the heart of it all.

Everyone in Ashford, Cornwall, knows Meg Nichols and her daughter, Grace. Meg has been selflessly caring for Grace for years, and Grace—smiling and optimistic in spite of her many illnesses—adores her mother. So when Meg is found brutally bludgeoned in her bed and her daughter missing, the community is rocked. Meg had lived in terror of her abusive, unstable ex, convinced that he would return to try and kidnap Grace…as he had once before. Now it appears her fear was justified.

Jon Katrin, a local journalist, knows he should avoid getting drawn back into this story. The article he wrote about Meg and Grace caused rifts within his marriage and the town. Perhaps if he can help find Grace, he can atone for previous lapses in judgment. The Nichols’ neighbor, Cara—contending with her own guilt over not being a better friend to Grace—becomes an unexpected ally. But in searching for Grace, Jon and Cara uncover anomalies that lead to more and more questions.

“𝘎𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘦’𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘪𝘳 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘧𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯 𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦. 𝘏𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰𝘺 𝘳𝘢𝘣𝘣𝘪𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵-𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘦𝘥 𝘤𝘶𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘬𝘪𝘥𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘳, 𝘵𝘰𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘬𝘪𝘵𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘯. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘫𝘰𝘭𝘵𝘴 𝘮𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘩 𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘧𝘢, 𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘎𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘦’𝘴 𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘺 𝘣𝘰𝘥𝘺 𝘣𝘳𝘶𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘬𝘦𝘯, 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘨𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘥”⁣⁣

I am so sad to be writing this review. I was so excited for this one.⁣⁣

My Review:

I might be the unpopular opinion here, but I am SO OVER books which are so heavily based on real cases. Yes, they’re complex and interesting true-crime cases but I just feel like it is wrong to write a book that is SO true to life and SO clearly based on an actual tragedy. It just leaves a bad taste in my mouth and this is becoming a common theme this year. Especially with this particular true-crime case.

The only thing that 𝐈 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫/𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐦/𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐧 𝐚 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲. I just wish it was inspired and not almost the exact same. Even down to the cast of characters (most of which were true to life). Essentially, if you know anything about this case then this book is almost entirely unoriginal, and will probably really irritate you. Again, I understand that a lot of books (especially mystery/thrillers) are inspired by real-life people/cases etc. but at least they’re usually lightly inspired, and you can go into them not knowing what will happen. With this one, if you know the case, you know the twists. ⁣⁣

𝐈 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 ‘𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐝’ 𝐨𝐟 𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐜𝐨𝐩𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟𝐟 𝐨𝐟 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥-𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫. ⁣⁣

Things to Note:

However, although I do have strong feelings about this one, I will state that Elgar’s writing is great. The storyline flows and is pretty fast-paced. I can understand that people who don’t know much about the true-crime case this is based on would love it.

Thank you to Sphere for an advance copy of this one to review. As always, it is hugely appreciated.

Check out my review of ‘Grace is Gone’ by Emily Elgar on Instagram and Goodreads!

Check out some of my other thriller book reviews here

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