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The Girls She Left Behind: A Novel (Lizzie Snow)

  • Publish Date: 2016-01-12
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Sarah Graves

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Sure to thrill readers of Jenny Milchman, Linda Castillo, and Lisa Gardner, The Girls She Left Behind marks the return of exBoston homicide detective Lizzie Snow, the new sheriffs deputy in Maines Great North Woods.

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 tricksuntil her mother receives a terrifying text message.

Equally disturbing: Henry Gemerlea kidnapper and rapist who once held three girls prisoner for fifteen yearshas 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 theyre blocked by Taras mother, a frustrating teller of needless lies and keeper of dark, incomprehensible secrets.

Following a trail of grisly cluesa bloodstained motel room, a makeshift coffin in a shallow graveLizzie 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 thats about to break loose.

Praise for The Girls She Left Behind

[Sarah] Graves writes at full strength when shes focused on this economically depressed region, once the hub of a thriving lumber industry but now mostly the domain of meth cooks, unhappy teenagers and scores of volunteer firefighters battling tenacious blazes in the surrounding forest. . . . [A] rugged landscape with its down-to-earth characters.Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

Graves is firing on all cylinders. Lizzie Snow is a dynamic protagonist, just the right blend of capable and flawed. The fictional town of Bearkill is definitely coming into its ownthe richness of the backdrop seems destined only to increase. And Graves has spent years demonstrating an ability to construct textured, nuanced mysteries. Put it all together and The Girls She Left Behind is another worthwhile entry in this series.The Maine Edge

Gravess dark second Lizzie Snow mystery examines the ugly, soul-destroying things that mark the aftermath of a child abduction.Publishers Weekly

Insightful and twisted . . . an action-packed psychological thriller that readers cannot put down . . . This haunting novel is a must-read.RT Book Reviews

[A] tense and fast-paced tale of love gone horribly and fantastically wrong.Kirkus Reviews

Well-observed and craftily orchestrated, The Girls She Left Behind is a solid entry in what is shaping up to be a strong Maine mystery series. Readers are likely to warm to Lizzie Snow and eagerly await her next appearance.Portland Press-Herald

An engrossing and rapid read . . . Graves is clearly an expert mystery writer and the plot contains plenty of unexpected tangles and complexities to keep fans of the genre well-entertained.Pop Mythology

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