Last year I read Girl Gone Mad, and while I had a few minor issues with it, I snagged One Year Gone when I saw this on KU. As this is well-reviewed, you don’t need another summary to wade through, so let’s get to it.
I made a lot of notes reading this. Usually, the notes pointed out how maddening some things were. Such as Bishop’s attempt to make Jess an unreliable narrator. Jess is hearing things in the night, and things are going missing, or they’ve moved. Isn’t it handy that she has video cameras she could check? Oh, she wasn’t using them when her daughter was still around. But her daughter has gone missing, and things are sketchy, so why the heck hasn’t she turned them back on? Sure would solve people not believing her and blaming her alcoholism. There are ways to make an unreliable narrator without avoiding such a painfully obvious solution.
Next, the whole “you weren’t on the phone long enough for us to trace” isn’t a thing in the digital age that has been debunked to death. Also, the town is only 5000 people, and they have more stores and features than towns of 15k or more people, which felt like a stretch.
I’ve made a lot of persnickety notes because I feel some things weren’t well researched. And usually, I love alternating timelines, but the timelines weren’t in a cohesive order, so it was a bit jumpy. It also made some things repetitive and redundant. I guessed some things around the 55% mark, but Bishop threw in the kitchen sink of surprises and issues, but I didn’t guess it all because the resolution was a stretch, anyway. So yeah, I didn’t totally love this one. But I kept reading because it’s oddly addicting.
One Year Gone is available on Amazon, it’s enrolled in KU.
About the Book:
A mother will risk everything to find her missing daughter in this twisty thriller from the author of Girl Gone Mad.
“Sometimes teenagers run away…Give her a few days. She’ll be back.”
That’s what the police tell Jessica Moore when her seventeen-year-old daughter, Wyn, vanishes. All signs point to this being true. But days become weeks. Weeks become months. And Jessica begins to fear the terrible truth—that she may never see her daughter again.
Then, one year later, when all hope seems lost, Jessica gets a flurry of text messages from Wyn that freeze her blood: mom. please help. i think he’s going to kill me. But Wyn’s terrified plea comes with a warning not to call the police. Her kidnapper wears a badge.
As Jessica’s fears are raised again, so are the stakes. Delving into the months leading up to Wyn’s disappearance, Jessica stumbles upon information that could put her own life in danger. With each revelation, the nightmare deepens. Now she must decide just how far she’ll go to bring her daughter home.