Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch

never missing never foundTitle: Never Missing, Never Found
Author: Amanda Panitch
Publication Date: June 28th 2016 by Random House BFYR
Source: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: ★★
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Synopsis

A juicy thriller about a girl who returned from the missing. . . . Hand to fans of We Were Liars, Bone Gap, and Vanishing Girls.

Some choices change everything. Scarlett chose to run. And the consequences will be deadly.

Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she’s starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life.

Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. Old memories come rushing back. And now as she meets her new coworkers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set into motion? And when push comes to shove, how far will she go to uncover the truth . . . before it’s too late?

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

Having read Amanda Panitch’s debut, Damage Done, I knew exactly what I signed up for. Damage Done is one of the best thrillers I’ve read last year so when I heard that she’s going to write another thriller, I immediately put it on my TBR.

Panitch’s writing style is simple yet effective. It hooks the reader in all the right spots which prevents them from putting down the book. That’s exactly what happened to me.

“You know what they say: never missing, never found.”

Apart from the writing style, the narration is amazing as well. It’s not that complex but it’s really interesting because it sometimes seem like the narrator is unreliable. I also like how somehow it focus on the central character, Scarlett. For some books, it’s a bit of a problem for me but for this one, it works perfectly and it’s integral to the story as well. It’s easy to follow Scarlett’s character and narration and every chapter would leave you almost hanging and definitely wanting more.

The plot twists worked in a way that made my mind go crazy. It’s exhilarating to read the story unfold from the turning point. I know it seems vague but it’s better to dive into the story without knowing anything. Just trust me, I had several WTF moments but they’re all worth it.

“This is the fourth choice. And it’s the choices we make that make us who we are.”

The flashbacks work really well with the narration of the story and how they all pieced together. They’re well crafted and I love how they made the past complement and balance out the present events in the story.

This book definitely met my expectations and I need more! It’s a great read for readers looking for quality YA thrillers and suspense.

*Review also posted on YA Books Central*

inah

Stacking the Shelves #23

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Hey guys! So I’m finally done with the hiatus that I sort of got into because of my thesis (it’s going great) and I’m back with a book haul!

I received several books and I’m really excited to share them with you!

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BOOKS RECEIVED / BOUGHT:

Half In Love With Death by Emily Ross
Identity Crisis by Melissa Schorr
The Yearbook by Carol Masciola
Unlovely by Celeste Conway
Finding The Worm by Mark Goldblatt
Cassidy’s Guide to Everyday Etiquette (and Obfuscation) by Sue Stauffacher
The Fearless by Emma Pass
Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

FOR REVIEW:

You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross and Mark Perini
Genius by Leopoldo Gout
The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle
The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder
We Own the Night by Ashley Poston
Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers
Life Before by Michele Bacon

So that’s a stack that I want to read! I’m super excited to read all of these! Thank you to Merit Press and Random House for the Love-A-Thon Prizes, also to Alexa of Alexa Loves Books for shipping them out to me! Big thanks to Sourcebooks Fire, Feiwel and Friends, Entangled Teen, Simon Pulse, Bloomsbury, and Sky Pony Press for the review copies!

LIFE EVENTS

Last Sunday, Jem and I attended Jennifer Niven’s book signing! We’re so happy to meet her! We also met several book bloggers and friends during the event! Unfortunately, we were really far from the stage so we couldn’t hear a thing they were saying during the open forum so I’m just gonna share pictures!

inah