The Fall of Lisa Bellow – Susan Perabo

A masked man with a gun enters a sandwich shop in broad daylight, and Meredith Oliver suddenly finds herself ordered to the filthy floor, where she cowers face to face with her nemesis, Lisa Bellow, the most popular girl in her eighth grade class. The minutes tick inexorably by, and Meredith lurches between comforting the sobbing Lisa and imagining her own impending death. Then the man orders Lisa Bellow to stand and come with him, leaving Meredith the girl left behind.

After Lisa’s abduction, Meredith spends most days in her room. As the community stages vigils and searches, Claire, Meredith’s mother, is torn between relief that her daughter is alive, and helplessness over her inability to protect or even comfort her child. Her daughter is here, but not. –

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher via in exchange for an honest review.

Ho-ly cow. This book has it all. Abduction, vigils, searches, pain, grief, psychosis, trauma, loss, family, sibling relationships, teen angst, self realisation, etc.

The novel is told from the perspectives of the mother and daughter, giving a great look into how trauma affects not only the person who experienced it but those who support and love them.

The novel was incredibly well written and paced. I ended up finishing it all in a day.

I can’t give too much away without giving up some of the plot, but I know we’ve all been on either side of the high-school spectrum before of cool or uncool. popular or unpopular, and though we always feel superior to or slighted by the other group, we’re not all that different.

A great read for high-school aged teens and also anyone who loves a good thriller.


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