Review: Cemetery Girl by David Bell

Cemetery Girl by David Bell

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.

First Line

“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.

8 thoughts on “Review: Cemetery Girl by David Bell”

  1. MMm, just watched the trailer. Sounds really creepy and horrible TV news comes to mind. I am not sure I would like what she has to say about those four years. Sounds like a good psychological thriller.


  2. I have had this book on my Kindle for ever so long. I read another book by this author last year and can’t think of the name. Liked it. I think I need to bump this one up the queue. Right? What a scary trailer.


  3. I read this awhile back. It’s a psychological thriller, but heavy on the relationships in the storyline if I remember correctly, and not so creepy as to keep readers away. Unfortunately these things happen but knowing this story was fiction kept it in perspective for me. Thanks, Pat.


  4. I read this one around its release date and really enjoyed it. Powerful and emotional and dark and disturbing – it definitely struck a chord with me. I’m glad you enjoyed it too!


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