Four years after Tom and Abby's 12-year-old daughter vanishes, she is found alive but strangely calm. When the teen refuses to testify against the man connected to her disappearance, Tom decides to investigate the traumatizing case on his own. Nothing can prepare him for what he is about to discover.
©2011 David Bell (P)2011 Penguin Audio
Will read anything within reason.
I won't say this is an enjoyable read but it is extremely well written and a great example of how things might not turn out exactly as you would wish. There are parts of the story were I actually felt angry. This really does deliver an emotional punch.
I am pleased that I bought this on special offer, it really would have been annoying to have paid full price for it. The main character was a self pitying guy, who didn't think anybody else has valid feelings, he was obsessed by the loss of his daughter - OK - reasonable enough, but he was more concerned about the wrongs done to him, and the 'I have to know' syndrome than any rational consideration for his long lost daughter.
I really didn't like any of the characters - from the self obsessed father, right down to the slimy pastor and including all those in between.
I definitely would not recommend this book to anyone.
Say something about yourself!
I was surprised by the ending, not in a pleasant way. There were so many twists and turns to this book that my interest stayed but almost as many impossibilities and unexplored relationships.
I did listen in one sitting though and it was an extremely thought provoking topic. In all, well worth the download, just a little unexpected in some places.
I thought this book would be about Stockholm syndrome (in which the captive develops empathy with her captors), and the difficulties of Caitlin’s readjustment into family life having been kidnapped at the age of twelve and returned 4years later. However it was all about the self-absorption of her father, Tom; how he coped with her absence, reflections of his own disturbed childhood and his obsession to discover exactly what had his daughter had been through, driven by curiosity rather than concern. As Tom became more obsessed, his wife, Abby, increasingly looked for support and comfort from Pastor Chris, falling slightly short of having an affair with the man. Neither parent had Caitlin’s best interests at heart. The storyline didn’t go anywhere and in the end this proved to be one of the dullest books I have ever read.
First person narration only provoked hostility on the part of this reader since the father's perspective is what drives the ridiculous plot and denouement and he comes across as a self righteous prig. Utterly unconvincing tale.
It speaks well of the performance of this that I spent the first four hours desperately wanting to smack the main character in the face. I firstly thought I was meant to feel this way, that it was meant to symbolise the frustration of Caitlin being missing. Then when she came back it got a whole lot worse. I struggled to get into the head of Tom, to understand his motivations. And though I suspected the twist at the end, it felt like I'd taken so long to get to it that I no longer had any will to find it out. I'd lost all patience with Tom, and found the character of Caitlin so under explored as to lack empathy too. Great performance, long story.
This book kept me absorbed and I enjoyed it albeit I loathed the main protaganist - the father. Another review describes him as self pitying and I would agree. Whilst understandably obesessed with daughter's disappearence, he is an aggressive, angry, self interested man. This man is supposed to be a university lecturer but you would think he has never read anything about victims, especially those held by a captor, and the psycological effect on these people. He is abusive to his daughter under the guise if caring for her and is dictatorial to everyone he comes into contact with.
I can't say I liked the other characters much either with the wet week religious wife and her pastor. However, despite this the story kept me interested and the narrator is great (which always makes a difference).
Plenty of twists and turns. I enjoyed the book, the characters and the narrator. Subject matter was difficult to listen to at times but the author did not over do the details which I appreciated.
"Cemetary Girl: The ending vanishes like a ghost"
I really liked most of the story. The writing was good and it seemed that there was a lot of interesting information from many of the characters and I anticipated the time when I could find out how the author was going to tie everything together. This, unfortunately, did not ever happen. The ending left me wondering, "is that really it?". I was disappointed since the book seemed to have so much potential.
"Great potential but did not deliver"
Based on other reviews I purchased this book but found it to be disappointing. The story moved very slowly and was focused so much on getting information out of the daugher once she reappeared after having been kidnapped 4 years early. The whole thing kept you waiting to find out what really happened and then it just sort of ended withour really resolving much of anything. I did not really care for the main characters either. The parents were particularly difficult to relate to.
The majority of the reviews for this book were very good (4+ stars) which was why I purchased it, however, I struggled through the first half and almost gave up. The main characters were in my opinion not very likeable and I had a difficult time empathizing with them. I did not agree with their choices in dealing with their daughter's disappearance and when she reappeared (which it felt like forever before that happened), I felt the anger displayed by the father was over the edge. There was too much "oh pity me" emotions that went on and on and on (especially in the first half of the book). Thank goodness for fast forward! I thought this book would be more about solving a mystery and bringing the perpetrator to justice versus dealing with the emotions of two dysfunctional, not very likeable parents. I struggled to finish it but it got a bit better about half way through so I was able to make it to the end.
loved it....great audio, too highly recommend it suspenseful maybe there will be
a sequel soon for readers??
"Reader is great, but .."
This story was very slow, dry & predictable. Like something out of a Lifetime Movie. Wouldn't recommend it
"Not the best book"
Didn't care for the story because you really didn't like anyone so nobody to identify with. The narrator spoke in a monotone and Mede you very frustrated with the unreasonable people.
"Great story and great narrator"
First time I've heard a book by David Bell, and I loved it! In fact I'm downloading another of his right now
Good story, good characters, and the storyteller was fantastic!
"A great twist and turns mystery!"
Yes. It kept you interested and could listen in one sitting.
Buster in the cemetery!
Yes. When the dog returns.
A great listen worth the credit!
"Cemetery Girl - A parents nightmare"
The only part that comes to mind is when Tom and Abby argue about getting rid of the dog. Frostie brought comfort to Tom, as he felt he still had a little piece of Kaitlyn. Abby, on the other hand, felt a sense of loss every time she looked at the dog. There would be no compromise. Abby wanted the dog gone, and she made Tom fulfill her wish, even though it broke his heart. This seemed to be the central theme of the novel. Tom wanting to remember his little girl and save all her possessions in the hope she may return. Abby on the other hand wanted closure. She wanted to pack her daughter's things and give them away and have a mock funeral arrangement complete with tombstone, for closure. And finally for complete closure, she wanted to divorce Tom. This brought home the psychological effect of losing a child and how it affects the parents.
The Face Of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl, only because this novel involves a missing child. It has a political twist, but the effects on the parents are still devastating. The child was killed but the surprise ending reveals a dark secret in the family. Secrets also dovetailed Cemetery Girl. How long did the dad questioned his parenting? And how long did the mom secretly desire to get out of the marriage?
Tom was my favorite character. He was a father like me, a father that made mistakes and a father that wished he could turn certain events back in time. His devotion to search for his daughter felt real along with the anguish of not getting answers as to what happened to his daughter, even when she returned.
My reaction was that Tom felt completely alone. He had no close family member to give him comfort. His wife was estranged, not willing to forgive him for something that was out of his control. His daughter returns but acts as a stranger to her father, even despising him for finding her. The man was truly alone in his own household. I can identify with that, being a divorcee myself.
Cemetery Girl.... a very good but heartbreaking novel.
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