The Girls She Left Behind

The Girls She Left Behind

A Lizzie Snow Novel

Book - 2016
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"After ten years as a captive of kidnapper Henry Gemmerle, Joan Crimmins eludes the media and spurns the family who failed to search for her. Instead, she settles in the remote Maine town of Bearkill. But when Gemmerle flees a prison clinic and a 16-year-old Bearkill girl vanishes, Aroostook County Sheriff's deputy Lizzie Snow knows that Joan's painful past has just become another young woman's horrifying future"--
"For Lizzie Snow, the ice and snow of her first punishing North Woods winter are dreadful enough. But near the small town of Bearkill a stubborn forest fire now rages out of control, and as embers swirl dangerously in the smoke-filled air, a teenage girl with a history of running away has dropped out of sight again. The locals and the law both think Tara Wylie is up to her old tricks--until her mother receives a terrifying text message. Equally disturbing: Henry Gemerle--a kidnapper and rapist who once held three girls prisoner for fifteen years--has escaped, and may be lurking in Bearkill. As the fire closes in, Lizzie teams up with her boss Sheriff Cody Chevrier and state cop Dylan Hudson to search for the missing girl and the wily fugitive. But they're blocked by Tara's mother, a frustrating teller of needless lies and keeper of dark, incomprehensible secrets. Following a trail of grisly clues--a bloodstained motel room, a makeshift coffin in a shallow grave--Lizzie is drawn ever closer to the flames in her race to save an innocent and corner a monster. Someone else also wants to find Tara Wylie and Henry Gemerle, though, for reasons that have nothing to do with mercy or justice. And when they all meet, the inferno threatening Bearkill will pale in comparison to the hell that's about to break loose" --
Publisher: New York :, Bantam Books,, [2016]
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9780553390438
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Graves Sarah 01/2016
Characteristics: 238 pages ;,24 cm


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Mar 08, 2018

An excellent mystery: initially confusing (for this reader); however, it becomes a compelling story of betrayal, murder and the need to find resolution.

samdog123 Feb 28, 2018

Excellent second title in the series. Equally as good as the first and I love the tough, stylish cop, Lizzie Snow.

TSCPL_dcasey56 Aug 01, 2016

I enjoyed Sarah Graves Home Repair mysteries so when I saw this on the shelf I grabbed it. I'm glad I did. I couldn't put it down! Obviously based on the recent kidnapping case in Akron, Ohio, this story brings another element to a horrific experience. Jane Crimmins is kidnapped along with her cousin Cam, but she escapes and leaves Cam and two other girls to their fate. The effect on her and Cam is as devastating as the horrible things the kidnapper does to them. Lizzie Snow is a great new character, tough and vulnerable and well able to take care of herself. I've got to go back and read the first one now.

Jul 18, 2016

I read Winter at the Door which was Sarah Graves first book in this series featuring Lizzie Snow. I immediately put a hold on the second when it was available. This book was another winner. There were lots of twists and turns which kept me guessing. Everything was wrapped up at the end. I would recommend reading this book.

coroboreefarm May 24, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed Sarah Grave's introductory Lizzie Snow novel, "Winter At the Door". It was fast-paced, with many twists, lots of suspense and non-stop action. I looked forward to the next in the crime thriller series, set in rural Bearkill Maine, and featuring the tough but haunted police chief Lizzie Snow.

Grave's second Lizzie Snow novel did not disappoint me. Centering around a story of child abduction and out of control forest fires, this novel is topical and contemporary. The plot twists and turns so artfully that just when you think you have it figured out, you don't. It is riveting.

My only criticism is that the plot line is a bit confusing due to a loose chronological order and narrative switches to the first person musings of one of the characters. These are minor irritants given the overall enjoyment I derived from the book.

Sarah Graves has proven her first book in the series was not an isolated success.


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