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Summary

Eleven-year-old Lauren O'Neil vanished one sunny afternoon as she walked home from school. Six years later, her parents Rachel and Dan still tirelessly scour their Oregon hometown and beyond, always believing Lauren will be found. Then one day, the call comes.

Lauren has been rescued from a secluded farm mere miles away, and her abductor has confessed. Yet her return is nothing like Rachel imagined. Though the revelations about what Lauren endured are shocking, most heartbreaking of all is to see the bright-eyed, assertive daughter she knew transformed into a wary, polite stranger.

Lauren's first instinct is to flee. For years she's been told her parents forgot her; now she doubts the pieces of her life can ever fit together again. But Rachel refuses to lose her a second time. Little by little they must relearn what it means to be a family, trusting that their bond is strong enough to guide them back to each other.

Intensely moving and absorbing, this is an extraordinary story told with sensitivity and grace, and filled with the depth and breadth of a mother's love.

©2014 Rosalind Noonan (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Great family drama

I really enjoyed this book. It's an easy listen in that the style of book is lightly written and it keeps a good pace and moves the story along swiftly. However the subject matter is more serious. Eleven year old Lauren is kidnapped. Six years later we revisit her story. The novel focuses on the time period six years later, Lauren's return and reunification with family. What is great, is being able to see multiple viewpoints and consider Lauren, her parents and her sister. This is where a fictional novel has advantages over a memoir. However the story strives too hard towards the end for a happy resolution of everything, and that made it a little unbelievable. Overall excellent for entertainment value although lacks a real punch.

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  • Lisa
  • 02-10-14

Good but predictable

I liked the story. It was different because the focus was not on the kidnapping but what happens when the victim is reunited with her family and the struggles they go through. The ending was pretty predictable but it is worth the read.

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  • Sabrena Holmes
  • 23-06-15

A story of a womans return.

This story was so good. It was similar to the style of Chevy Stevens in the fact that the victim gains her strength and takes back her life.

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  • An9ie
  • 30-11-16

Just awful

Seriously. I couldn't wait for the pain of listening to this to be over. It was predictable at every turn. The characters had no depth. Absolutely impossible to enjoy. Save your money on this one.

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  • Amber
  • 31-03-16

probably should be 3 starts

the story overall was a bit repetitive. There are also inaccuracies. but overall decent story

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  • Daryl
  • 10-11-14

Predictable, psychological textbook in novel form

What disappointed you about And Then She Was Gone?

It started out compulsively readable, but it went into such detail about therapy sessions that it felt like I was reading a psychological case history.

Have you listened to any of Erin Bennett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't, but I liked her performance immensely.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I did like some of the complexities of the post-abduction unification ...

Any additional comments?

I wanted to like this, but it was just all cliched dialogue. I feel like I know where this book is going, and the endless therapy sessions make me cringe with their predictability frustrate me. I find I don't even care about what happened to one of the characters, which is the emotional linchpin....

Save your time and credit.

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