Title: The Fall of Lisa Bellow
Author: Susan Perabo
Genre: fiction/ suspense
Is this part of a series? No.
Publish Date: March 14th 2017
I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley and Simon & Shuster in exchange for an honest review.
Two girls with very different social standing in the middle school pecking order find themselves at the local deli when the unimaginable happens. A masked gunman appears and robs the place, taking one of the girls, Lisa, on his way out. How do you cope with this- being the one left behind, knowing you didn’t do anything to help her? How do you cope with the guilt when you see the grief torn mother, still waiting for her girl to come home. Or the near relief of your own family that, granted, has already seen their share of pain. How do you deal with the friends that want to know everything- or worse, her friends that now cling to you? Meredith is hurt and torn, slowly coming to terms by living much of her life in another reality- one in which she knows what happened.
I loved this book, crazy plot holes and all. It was imperfect, but beautiful and read like the consciousness of guilt. Does that make sense? The emotions found here were so dense you could cut them, and I often found myself crying for Meredith and those she loved (or in Lisa’s case, hated). Now, I will admit that some of the characters, like Claire, were less than likeable… but they were raw and real. She was nuts, but she was a mom.
My main complaint is that I did not care for the ending, of which I cannot explain without spoiling everything. All in all, this was a four star book for me.
As far as the adult content scale goes, there is sexual content- though very minor, language, and drinking. I would give this book to my 13 year old niece without worry. It is, at most, a four.
The book came out today- go get it!
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