New American Library, A Division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2011
Description (from the author’s website)
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.
Cemetery Girl is the winner of the prestigious 2013 Le Prix Polar International de Cognac.
My Review (4 Stars – Liked It A Lot!)
Twelve year old Catlin takes her rambuncsious dog for a walk in the park near home and disappears. Author, David Bell explores the family’s pain, especially from the father, Tom’s, point of view.
Tom and his wife Abbey’s already strained marriage is pulled further apart after the disappearance of Catlin, their only child. To complicate matters Tom’s half brother, Buster, is a person of interest in the investigation. Buster has been in trouble with the law before.
One day, after four years missing, Catlin appears. Author, David Bell gives the reader an engrossing, close up look of what this event might entail including interactions with Ryan, the officer investigating the case, counselors and witnesses. Tom desperately wants to know what happened. But, does he really want to know? Tom knows life will never go back to the way it was before.
“Let me tell you something about my daughter.”
About the author (from amazon)
David Bell is an assistant professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He received an M.A. in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Ph.D. in American Literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.