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    Gone []  2020-1-8 19:10

    The story was fast-paced and exciting. Characters were well thought out and real, though a small predictable. The only thing that bothered me was that frequently the story would change scenes with no page break or any visual clue that the story had changed scenes - that definitely interrupted the flow of my reading as I had to pause to figure it out. Amazing clean story and will definitely be purchasing the rest of the series!

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    Gone []  2020-1-8 19:10

    One would think with the crazy first weeks of school, I would have no time to plow through an almost 600 paged book, but Gone, by Michael Grant, does not give you the opportunity to place it down. From the first five pages, this book grabs you by the seat of the pants and hurls you through a creepy post-apocalyptic globe where all people over the age of 14 simply disappear- *poof* and m, also known as School Bus Sam after he rescued his school bus full of children when the driver had a heart attack, was once a hero, but has faded back into the wallflower he is happiest being. When all the adults and children over 14 disappear in Perdido Beach, though, Sam is the one all the other children begin looking to for guidance. No one know what happened to the adults, but right in front of their eyes, they all just disappeared. Sam is reluctant to be their leader, but when he rushes into a burning building to save a small girl, it is clear heroism is simply in his nature. With the support of his friends, Astrid, Edilio, and Quinn, they set off to search Astrid's autistic small brother and hopefully some adults. What they find, however, is that a giant, electrified border has created a circle around the whole area- exactly a 10 mile radius all around the nuclear power plant. Nothing can come in and no one can obtain out. Something strange is also event to everything and everyone living within the wall. The animals are mutating and some of the children are starting to develop e true showdown, however, starts when the Coates Academy children (a school for delinquent rich kids) come down from the school to take over as leaders of Perdido Beach. Their leader, Caine, is all too willing to use his powers to gain control or allow his evil sidekick, Drake, wield his menacing punishments. Children are beaten to death for defying Caine's rules, meal is an ever-growing concern, and safety becomes a luxury. Can Sam come to terms with his own power? Can he, with the help of his friends, become a real leader among the children inside the wall?This is an awesome story about children forced to grow up quickly. When they have to defend themselves with guns found at the power plant, Sam finds himself struggling with the idea of asking 8th graders to wield guns while being horrified at asking a 5th or 6th grader to defend themselves. This story has a lot of Lord of the Flies themes as civilized life quickly breaks down. The lead characters are the embodiment of amazing and evil, with consciences and cravings for power being the ultimate battle. Children are quickly given roles of nurse, day care operator, guard, and cook. These same children had parents and adults to take care of them not 24 hours earlier. It is a harsh fresh globe where anything is e reading level is relatively accessible, but the story is very, very long. It is action packed and there isn't a dull moment in the whole story, but 500+ pages is a lot to ask of a middle school student. Therefore, I would save this amazing story for an older child who reads a lot or is really into this type of story. It might overwhelm a struggling reader who isn't ready for such a long book. Otherwise, I would suggest everyone give this book a try! It has a small bit of everything from an apocalypse to supernatural powers! You can't ask for much more! Just be careful when picking up the next two books. The second book is Hunger, and the third is Lies. I accidentally picked up the third book and ruined a small of the second story before I even got a possibility to read it! Oh well. It won't stop be from reading the next two books!!

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    Gone []  2020-1-8 19:10

    I’m not sure why this book got high reviews. I’d score it negative if I could. If you wish to read about extreme violence, graphic injuries, bulimia, use, gangs, depression/Prozac, babies dying, crying for their Moms, and torture of children, then this is the book for you. It was horrible. I would never allow one of my kids read it.

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    Gone []  2020-1-8 19:10

    At the sentence level, each sentence is fun to read. Ditto the paragraphs. Then Grant weaves all the paragraphs together to create engrossing themes, people, plots and counter-plots. Brilliantly done. I kept on and kept on and kept on. That's rarely real for free kindle books.I was sad that the author resolved almost none of the major struggles and conflicts. I guess that's needed since he intended to suck us into a sequel and then into its sequel, etc. In a method that's unbelievable because I obtain to look forward to a lot of more hours of reading about these people and this universe. Still, I would have liked it if we had not just left every evil person or power completely unchanged and ready to go on victimizing amazing people. That is possible. Take Orson Scott Card, for example. Each book actually "ends" in the sense that amazing wins and evil is If you relish the idea of finding a *really* amazing author and having *lots* of reading ahead of you, and you don't mind knowing that nobody is going to victory until (I hope) around the seventh book, then this is a amazing put for you to go. Imho. --Eben Visher

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    Gone []  2020-1-8 19:10

    This book will completely blow your mind. I was lucky enough to stumble across this series latest summer and it was beautiful. The hero development, the plot -- oh man, it's great. It reminded me of lord of flies + superpowers and the concept is so interesting! The characters are attractive and the story has so a lot of twists and turns. It's a book you won't be able to place down until it's over, and then you'll be hungering for the next book in the series. You'll never leave the FAYZ -- it's one of those stories that sticks with you forever. It honestly changed my life and I am so satisfied I picked it up one day. The characters are not defined as 'good' and 'evil,' but rather in shades of grey and they are relatable as ever. You have your bullies, your amazing guys, your charismatic psychopaths - and then just plain evil. The redemption stories are phenomenal and the whole story is extremely well written. Just read it!PS - order hardcover. The cover is method cuter (and the people!)

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    Gone []  2020-1-8 19:10

    I choose this book for my literature group. Not knowing anything about this book, I assumed it was just an average book. Until I read it. It took me on an exciting roller coaster of greatness. The sad moments in the book have touched my heart more than any other fictional stories. And the happiest moments in this story give me jolts of adrenaline that force me to hold reading the book. Now, thanks to the author, I can continue my journey with the 8 more books ahead of me. Thank you for the best method to spend my time when I'm bored.

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    Gone []  2020-1-8 19:10

    This is my first time reading anything by this author. I spend a long time going back and forward deciding if it was worth the read. The covers are amazing. Well the ones I have are but I'm very pecular with my books. How ever I ended up giving it a possibility and I'm glad I did since I actually enjoyed it. The plot was amazing and so was the story line but there was some problems for me. One thing was that they called a child with autism the R word. Now the word by it self bugs me but being that I have a child with autism it bugged me even more. Also although the story was amazing it seemed longer than it need it to be. Besides those facts I loved it. And I love Sam and Astrid relationship❤️❤️❤️Sam the character and Astrid the Genius, can they save the children at Perdido Beach?📚📚📚📚 4/5

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    Gone []  2020-1-8 19:10

    I would rate this book a 7/10. Michael Grant did a amazing job keeping me glued into the book, although the pace was beautiful slow. This book is suspenseful, eye-opening, and a continuous mystery. When and if you read this book you will obtain to learn about the character’s plentifully and personally. You will also see the wars each of the characters go through during the book. Throughout all of the turmoils the characters and the globe face, you will also see the lessons and powers they earn. This is what the globe would possibly look like without adults in it.

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    Gone []  2020-1-8 19:10

    This is one of the most imaginative dystopian-type books I've come across in a long time! In a little city called Perdido Beach, whose only true claim to fame is the nuclear power plant it is home to, everyone is going about their day when suddenly all the adults vanish. At first, you wonder if they were raptured or something. But then things begin to obtain a bit strange--some of the children develop powers, risky rivalries emerge, and there is a tip of some Darker Power at force reminded me a bit of Alexandra Bracken's Darkest Minds books, except without the oppressive ant was constantly surprising me with the creative twists he threw into the book. From talking coyotes to flying snakes, to the whacked out powers the children developed--I never knew what to expect and was constantly delighted with some new at being said, I feel like I should have enjoyed reading this book more than I did. Not that I didn't have fun it at all--I did--but it just wasn't the kind of all consuming page turner that it seems like it should have been. I kept reading a few pages at night before bed and then falling asleep. That shouldn't happen with this type of book--normally with a quick paced dystopian, I can't place it down til I reach the end.I think the issue here is in the hero development. None of these characters really felt very fully formed. They each have approximately one key trait: Sam is a leader; Astrid is a genius; Drake is an evil sadist; Small Pete is autistic; Quinn is insecure; Alberto is an entrepreneur, etc. etc. etc. The interpersonal drama just felt kind of forced and half baked. And for me, it doesn't matter how creative a globe is or how tense the plot--if I can't really relate to the characters, I'm never going to be fully sucked ill gotta give this points for creativity - it's really not like any other book I've come across lately. 3.5 stars.

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    Gone []  2020-1-8 19:10

    Michael Grant's "Gone" grabs you by the lapels, and then by the back of your collar, and finally by the throat, and doesn't allow go. This is compelling young adult e premise is established in the first sentence...no time wasted getting down to business. When it really kicked into high gear for me (when it latched onto my throat) was when the clock rewound a bit and you saw the transition into the FAZE from the point of view of a young girl in the passenger seat of a truck, which is suddenly careening out of control. After sustaining life-threatening injuries, I was sure she was going to die, an early victim of this crazed fresh world. When Grant pulls out the first of many, a lot of surprising twists and saves this girl from certain death, I was hooked. I've read the entire series.

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    Where Have All the Young Girls Gone (Maria Kallio Book 11) []  2020-9-5 18:15

    Amazing insight into how another country is dealing with a contemporary problem.

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    Where Have All the Young Girls Gone (Maria Kallio Book 11) []  2020-9-5 18:15

    This book was excellent, as well as were the others. I thoroughly have fun reading about the female detective and her cases.

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    Where Have All the Young Girls Gone (Maria Kallio Book 11) []  2020-9-5 18:15

    What I like about this Maria Kallio series is that the characters are realistic, you can really picture their lives, it feels real. No super heroes, no magical solutions. It feels as if you are show in the story. Amazing book!

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    Where Have All the Young Girls Gone (Maria Kallio Book 11) []  2020-9-5 18:15

    This recent installment of the Maria Kallio series is a nice quick paced read. The book had my attention throughout from beginning to end. Two issues with this story were the part with the officer from Afghanistan the faction that the different police investigations were a jumbled mess . I kept waiting for everything to come together and it never happened.

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    Where Have All the Young Girls Gone (Maria Kallio Book 11) []  2020-9-5 18:15

    Once again, Ms. Lehtolainen delivers a story with atmosphere. Info are given, not just to move the plot but to bolster the fact that life goes on, whether you are ready or e case involves missing immigrant girls and racial tension with Finnish nationalists. Maria sees the complexity of assimilating or retaining cultures.I can’t judge the translation but the effect is an enjoyable read. Looking forward to #12.

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    Where Have All the Young Girls Gone (Maria Kallio Book 11) []  2020-9-5 18:15

    This manages to be a compelling read despite rather than because of the plot. The plot looks straightforward: Maria has to investigate the disappearance of three Islamic immigrant girls, and then the murder of a fourth. Unfortunately, it wanders all over the place. Usually, this would create me stop reading, but in this instance the characters and the issues they face were so interesting that I stayed involved.

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    Where Have All the Young Girls Gone (Maria Kallio Book 11) []  2020-9-5 18:15

    I enjoyed following Kallio in Where Have All the Young Girls Gone. She is an interesting person. I have loved learning about her career and family.

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    Where Have All the Young Girls Gone (Maria Kallio Book 11) []  2020-9-5 18:15

    Lehtolainen's recent Maria Kallio mystery novel, is a well intended effort to portray the different challenges inherent in Finland's immigration situation. I am a dedicated and appreciative reader of the Kallio series. However, "Where Have all the Young Girls Gone" was for me, too convoluted and unfocussed. The author addressed difficult challenges in the Finnish immigrant community, but did so in a manner that demonized the males and displayed the females as essentially helpless.

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    Where Have All the Young Girls Gone (Maria Kallio Book 11) []  2020-9-5 18:15

    Story line in all these books is good. I have a hard time with the difficult Finnish names & keeping people straight.

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    Where Have All the Young Girls Gone (Maria Kallio Book 11) []  2020-9-5 18:15

    Really hard to hold track of the characters. Don't really care to read about what she is eating. But will buy her next book.

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    Gone Woman []  2020-1-22 19:59

    Well written! Kept me guessing all the method through! I read it under the title of The Girl in Cabin 13.

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    Gone Mad []  2020-5-4 18:13

    This book is sad but important. More people need to know about Lewy Body Disease. Carol 's story is so sad because so a lot of people did not love her nor her husband Don (who had LBD) in the method love was meant to be . I am lucky that my husband loves me the method love should be. I am lucky I have a loving Mom. I am forever grateful to Teepa who teaches the globe about LBD and still has time to love me. Carol 's book also teaches. I want Carol had some of the people I have. I want LBD was cured and I could go back to my old life. My LBD may well go same path like Carol husband. But due to people in my life PLUS Carol book, maybe more people will know how to support me and others. Thank you Carol for sharing your soul with so a lot of people.

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    Gone Mad []  2020-5-4 18:13

    This book depicts a lot of parts of my life. I could have written most of it myself, I'm sorry to say.I recommend this book to all husbands, wife's and kids who are in a blended husband also has Parkinson's with LBD and I am his second wife. Needless to say, I have encountered a lot of problems with his four adult kids regarding my decisions for my husband and his care. It's very sad that a family can't come together in light of this traumatic happening rather than fight.

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    Gone Mad []  2020-5-4 18:13

    This book is a must read. You will gain valuable incite to prepare for the unthinkable. You will cry with the author and wonder at her ability to wade through such a tragedy.

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    Gracie's Gone []  2020-2-6 19:56

    Loved this book. Didn’t see the ending coming at all which created it all the better. Hard to place down amazing read. Can’t wait for the next book from Carol Soloway.

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    Emily, Gone []  2020-1-16 9:56

    Bette Lee Crosby has outdone herself with this awesome, heartfelt, loving, heartbreaking, attractive ’s the story of a loss so amazing you won’t be able to read without a lot of tears. I mean huge ugly faced tears. How to you deal with waking up to an empty crib. A baby gone. You don’t have a clue what happened or where that baby is. If it’s being loved or hurt. That is exactly what happened to Rachel and George Dixon. They place their baby girl down for the night and went to bed like always. They had been awake for a couple of nights because of a concert so close that it was impossible to sleep. But this night they slept. What they found the next morning changed their lives is book will bring you so a lot of tears. From the begin to the very end you will hold turning pages to search out what happened to Emily. Will they ever search her and is she being cared for. Rachel prays that whoever kidnapped Emily is kind and loving. Is the kind of mother she is book is so well written you feel all the heartache all the sadness and longing. You feel the loud melody in your chest as if you was there. You will shed a lot of a lot of tears while unable to place this book down. It’s a bit various from most of Bette’s books. I think it just may be the very best so far. The characters are all so likable believe it or not. I could not search fault with any. Pity, sadness, heartbreak yes, but no dislike at all. My heart broke for all the mothers in this story of such amazing loss. There were a few little stories within this one about other women who had lost babies and were grieving. It’s one that will stay with you for a long long time.I honestly loved this book with all the tears and joy. It’s full of love and happiness and so a lot of tears. A book that all mothers should ank you to NetGalley and Lake Union publishers for the ARC of this book. I also bought it too. I highly recommend it.A HUGE 5 STARS..... From the very first word to the latest period!!

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    Emily, Gone []  2020-1-16 9:56

    Do you love books that you can't place down? Emily, Gone, is that kind of book!Once you begin it, you will wish to read straight through!The plot is every parent’s nightmare - the abduction of their e author, Bette Lee Crosby, takes us back and forth through this story between the people on both sides - those heartbroken at the loss and those creating a false life for the kid - some unknowingly. This author has a method of making you feel every emotion that her characters go through. The method she brings this story full circle is both heart wrenching and heartwarming. I highly recommend it!!!

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    Gone Polka []  2020-7-5 19:53

    This CD is in perfect condition for used. We are enjoying it.

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    Gone Woman []  2020-1-22 19:59

    This is the 2nd thriller I’ve read by this author and like the first read, I wasn’t disappointed. It was another page turner that I couldn’t place down. I got pulled into the storyline feeling as if I was really a part of it. Amazing twists and some bizarre turns.

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    Gone Woman []  2020-1-22 19:59

    I read this book from begin to finish! I couldn't place it down! I had just read The girl in cabin 13 and loved it also. I have found an awesome author and can't wait to read the rest. Hold them coming!

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    Gracie's Gone []  2020-2-6 19:56

    I downloaded this book on my kindle for some light reading, but, wow! I was very invested in the book within minutes. This is a parent’s worst nightmare and the ending, I did not see that coming! Amazing book!

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    Gracie's Gone []  2020-2-6 19:56

    I really enjoyed this book since I already read Carol''s book, " Happens". Living in Orange County I was able to relate to all the locations that the story took place! It was very suspenseful and kept me reading to the very end. I used this as my book of the month for my book club - we all enjoyed it!

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    Gracie's Gone []  2020-2-6 19:56

    So, I rarely ever create time to read anything other than work similar books/articles. Carol encouraged me to obtain the book and so I did. Once I started reading it I couldn't stop! In fact I finished in two sittings. It certainly kept my attention and I was shocked to learn how a lot of kids go missing each year. This is not only entertaining, but gives a voice to those stuck in the web of evil people. Without awareness there is no hope. Thanks Carol.

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    Gone Mad []  2020-5-4 18:13

    It is a very informative, heartbreaking, eyeopening book. Everyone should read, especially blended families. Our justice systems fails in method too a lot of instances.

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    Emily, Gone []  2020-1-16 9:56

    This is a Winner!Emily, Gone’s real essence is that several people love Emily and this is the story of that , Bette Lee Crosby writes us a tale about how this can transpires in the life of a woman whose daughter is kidnapped one night during a melody festival being held in her little town. and, the consequences that will be so moved that you may wonder whose side you are on. Can that even happen? Can you actually have soft feelings towards the kidnappers? Compassion?The hero development is so powerful that you feel like you really know each of them. You will fall in love with some and detest others. As always, you feel like you are in Hesterville, Wynn Bluffs and all the towns in between.I love Bette Lee Crosby’s storytelling, I cannot say that enough!How this book wraps up is so stunning, it could not have been written any te Lee Crosby always delivers exceptional books, but this goes beyond her typical phenomenal scope! This book was Epic!!!I really think that this book would create a amazing movie.

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    Emily, Gone []  2020-1-16 9:56

    Emily Gone starts in the little city of Hesterville, Georgia in 1971. Rachel and George Dixon place their baby girl, Emily, to bed for the night and then they went to bed like they always did.  Rachel and George had been unable to sleep for a few nights thanks to a nearby melody festival that was keeping them up at night.  This night, however, they is a storm and they were able to sleep.  What they found the next morning changed their lives en there's Vicki Robart, who is at the melody festival doing her best at trying to numb herself from feeling her grief after losing her infant daughter months ago.  She's smoking some pot, She leaves the festival and there's a not good storm.  She goes into a house hoping to search some meal but instead finds what she thinks is the respond to her prayers - a method to create things right in her heart so she makes an instant decision that changes lives at's all I can share right now.  You can read Emily Gone and fill in the blanks.  What I can tell you is that Ms. Crosby has written an exceptional book in Emily Gone with well written characters that create you feel like you know them. You will be fully absorbed in the story from the first page to the last. Honestly, I can't remember the latest time I gave a book a 5 out of 5, but here it is, this book is  5.  Emily Gone is well written, thought provoking, heartbreaking, and hopeful.  Thank you, Ms. Crosby for another solid book.  Warning readers: grab some tissues and dig in!Thank you to Bette Lee Crosby!!  A positive review wasn't needed but I am doing so because I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book! 

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    Emily, Gone []  2020-1-16 9:56

    Absolutely LOVED the book. Every mother’s nightmare, when Rachel’s baby Emily is kidnapped the night of a 1970’s melody concert. Vicki and her boyfriend were leaving city and Vicki took the baby to replace her stillborn child. Vicki passes the baby off as her babyLara. When Vicki suddenly has a heart attack her sister Angela and husband Kenny raise Lara as their own. Meanwhile years pass as Rachel prays Emily has a mother who loves her. Years pass and Lara is ready to head to college a fateful move to Florida leads the families to cross paths

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    Gone Woman []  2020-1-22 19:59

    As I started reading this story it sounded so familiar. I realized I had read this book some time ago, but it didn't stop me from rereading it. It was a amazing read then and is was a amazing read now. Psychological freaky but good.

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    Gracie's Gone []  2020-2-6 19:56

    I was intrigued by the title and even more so by the cover photograph. It started like a amazing story then after the first chapter I couldn’t place it ep writing Carol! Your my kind of author!!!!

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    Gracie's Gone []  2020-2-6 19:56

    I am up very late as I could not place the book down, but finally finished it at 3:30 am or so! Glad I read Happens first - I had a mate who read them in a various order!!

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    Gone Mad []  2020-5-4 18:13

    This book takes you on a journey in the true life of two ordinary people who love each other very much. The husband falls ill and his wife struggles to support him through this tunnel of pain. It becomes clear that even though their life seemed excellent together, his illness soon shows that nothing is as it seems. It helps you understand the disease, of Lewy Body Dementia and all that it entails. It is a very gripping story of love and sacrifice. You won't be able to place it down or stop turning pages. A must read!

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    Gone Mad []  2020-5-4 18:13

    This was a very heart touching book. I know the author, so it especially hit home for me. I would suggest this book to anyone who may be having a struggle with mental changes in their spouse or any relationship.

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    Gone Woman []  2020-1-22 19:59

    This book is incredible. I finished it in a day and a half. I highly recommend it!!! It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

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    Emily, Gone []  2020-1-16 9:56

    I have loved all of Bette's books but this has now become my favorite. Her books are always full of unbelievable and interesting characters, so much love, and so much wisdom. Emily, Gone will pull at your heart strings and create you feel all the feels. A mother's love is so, so strong. And in Emily, Gone one mother's love never forgets and another mother's love causes heartache and tears.I loved how Bette transported me back in time to the 1970s—a time of peace and love. But that peace is shattered for Rachel when she finds her small baby missing from her crib. And will Vicki's actions give her the peace she is looking for after the loss of her own baby?This was such a sad, but heartwarming story, a story that brought tears a few times. But at the same time, it was an uplifting story—such an amazingly attractive story. And one that will stay with me for a long time.I always recommend Bette's books—she is such a unbelievable storyteller. Emily, Gone is definitely one you need to read!

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    Emily, Gone []  2020-1-16 9:56

    The little city of Hesterville, Georgia will never be the same; a local farmer has leased his property out for a melody festival bringing thousands into the quiet town. One of the families, The Dixon’s George and Rachel and their baby Emily lives near the farm, the melody was so loud and continuous and after three days they were delirious without sleep, a sudden hard rain has them falling into a deep sleep. The next morning Emily’s crib is empty. Russ Murphy and Vicki Robarts are at the concert, high on , hungry and now soaking wet, they only wanted some food, but when Vicki goes into the house and sees baby bottles all thoughts of meal are gone. Vicki and Russ’s baby Lara died at 7 months; Vicki just can’t leave without Emily. In a blink of an eye everyone’s life will be forever changed. The entire time you are reading this story the parallel stories of both families, how do you deal with this? Please plan on devoting the rest of the day or evening to the book, oh yes and bring hankies. Amazon recommended Bette Lee Crosby to me several months ago, it’s hard to say which of her books is my favorite.

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    Emily, Gone []  2020-1-16 9:56

    Thank you so much for writing such a heartwarming book. When I started the first page, I was captured in a unbelievable world. Your characters became my friends. I just could not place it down. I had to read just one more chapter. I did not wish the story to end. I really enjoyed the book so much. The tears, the smiles. I just [email protected]#$%! could be continued somehow. Like perhaps a sequel to this book. I know this is a book I will definitely reread . Thank you again.

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    Gracie's Gone []  2020-2-6 19:56

    I thought the book was a amazing sequel to Happens. It's obvious there will be a sequel to this one too. Maybe ito a lot of things left hanging at the end. Also, I think it's helpful to read " Happens" first.

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    Gracie's Gone []  2020-2-6 19:56

    If you wish to be stay awake all night, fueled by tension, concern, a loving family, and insight into what is event around us, read Carol Soloway's "Gracie's Gone"!

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    Gone Mad []  2020-5-4 18:13

    This book enlightened me regarding the short comings of our legal system. The nightmare this wife had to endure is incomprehensible. She not only endured the heartbreak of loosing the love of her life, but the heartbreak of learning that the kids you had opened your heart, home and life to were vindictive and is is a must read for any one. Once you have read it, take it to your attorney and create sure your estate is in order and you are you understand doents and that your wishes are stated clearly.

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    Gone Mad []  2020-5-4 18:13

    Amazing lesson on what can happen in a blended family & how our faith and trust in the Lord can obtain us through the most devastating situations. Carol survived a situation that would cause most people to lose faith in humanity. Although her description of what was she was going through was a small too lengthy at times, I still enjoyed the book.

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    Emily, Gone []  2020-1-16 9:56

    The Dixon’s live in rural Georgia where a melody festival is being held in the summer of 1971. Over a three day period the family endures blaring melody with shrieking crowds leading to frayed nerves and sleep deprivation. As the festival winds down Rachel Dixon forgets to lock her back door and wakes to search her baby missing from her cki Robart is attending the festival with her boyfriend after arriving from Kentucky. The latest night of the happening is getting stormy so they decide to head home. They are hungry after non-stop partying but search all the local stores are already closed for the evening. Desperate for food, they decide to loot one of the local houses. Vicki spots baby bottles in the kitchen and sneaks a bit further to view the child. In her weakened/crazed mind she believes that this is the baby she lost seven months ago and takes the girl from her home.Emily Gone by Bette Lee Crosby is the emotional story of a family coping with loss. The book is told with the differing point of views from Rachel and Vicki while showing how each coped with this spur of the moment crime. The raw sensitivity and courage shown leads the reader to sympathize with both women. I look forward to Bette’s next novel.

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    Emily, Gone []  2020-1-16 9:56

    Rarely do I carry a book I am reading in my heart but Emily Gone was the exception. So much more than a story about a missing child, page after poignant page Bette Lee Crosby takes us on a strong emotional journey of healing and forgiveness laced with deception, loss, grief, hope, love and sacrifice. Family relationships are tested, lost, broken and mended while some struggle between doing what is right versus breaking someone they love who has already been broken. Well developed characters and authentic dialogue move this story along to an ending that has left my heart both broken and full. Ms. Crosby is a consummate story teller and Emily Gone is truly a bonus to the reader. I would give 10 stars if I could.

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    Gracie's Gone []  2020-2-6 19:56

    Amazing book that tells a touching story of a disabled talented singer and her talented CareGiver, from one CareGiver to another, I highly recommend this book

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    Gracie's Gone []  2020-2-6 19:56

    First, I wish to thank Carol Soloway for providing me with this book so I may bring you this acie’s Gone by Carol Soloway is Amazon’s #1 Best Seller for a reason-It is an wonderful read!! Gracie’s Gone is a short but very intense and strong read. You will instantly on page one fall in love with the characters and their story lines. From that moment you on you are in for an emotional and mental roller coaster e cover of Gracie’s Gone really caught my attention before reading the synopsis of this book. It was a picture of a girl holding a chicken at a attractive beach. Now reading the book I now know that girl is Gracie and she loves ol dug deep within this book and discussed necessary problems going on in today’s society. She also educates us by giving us facts and statistics on them. These were subjects that you could tell were close to her heart.I loved how Daniel and Alex found eachother after the loss of their loved ones. It was interesting to read about the two sets of children were handling the huge change. My thought is a lot of readers could understand and could feel compassion for the kids.Even though it was not diagnosed as Alzheimer’s I am glad Carol shed a light on this subject. It was sad to read about this hero go down hill from where she was. I would have liked to seen her go to a doctor and obtain the diagnosis. There was no closure on this part of the two favorite characters in this book were Gracie and Jon they will pull on your heart strings.

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    Gone Mad []  2020-5-4 18:13

    There are a lot of life's lessons in this world, and what Carol went through was quite an eye opener. In this book, Carol expressed herself well in explaining the obstacles in dealing with life and death problems between her husband, his family, and herself. Anyone reading this book will learn a lot and it's well worth the read.

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    Gone Woman []  2020-1-22 19:59

    This book will hold you up nights if you allow it. You really cannot believe everything you read or can you? A well known businessman and his wife who had amnesia. Does she? No spoilers, read it for yourself and see what you think about it. A.J. Rivers knows how to write a horror story.

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    Dead & Gone []  2021-1-17 19:18

    He is singin' the story, very Cajan Bottle Neck Blues. He is amazing. I really Love it!!! Love the lyrics and style and his voice!!!

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    Gone: Gone Series, Book 1 []  2020-1-14 19:29

    This book will completely blow your mind. I was lucky enough to stumble across this series latest summer and it was beautiful. The hero development, the plot -- oh man, it's great. It reminded me of lord of flies + superpowers and the concept is so interesting! The characters are attractive and the story has so a lot of twists and turns. It's a book you won't be able to place down until it's over, and then you'll be hungering for the next book in the series. You'll never leave the FAYZ -- it's one of those stories that sticks with you forever. It honestly changed my life and I am so satisfied I picked it up one day. The characters are not defined as 'good' and 'evil,' but rather in shades of grey and they are relatable as ever. You have your bullies, your amazing guys, your charismatic psychopaths - and then just plain evil. The redemption stories are phenomenal and the whole story is extremely well written. Just read it!PS - order hardcover. The cover is method cuter (and the people!)

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    Gone: Gone Series, Book 1 []  2020-1-14 19:29

    I’m not sure why this book got high reviews. I’d score it negative if I could. If you wish to read about extreme violence, graphic injuries, bulimia, use, gangs, depression/Prozac, babies dying, crying for their Moms, and torture of children, then this is the book for you. It was horrible. I would never allow one of my kids read it.

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    Gone: Gone Series, Book 1 []  2020-1-14 19:29

    This is one of the most imaginative dystopian-type books I've come across in a long time! In a little city called Perdido Beach, whose only true claim to fame is the nuclear power plant it is home to, everyone is going about their day when suddenly all the adults vanish. At first, you wonder if they were raptured or something. But then things begin to obtain a bit strange--some of the children develop powers, risky rivalries emerge, and there is a tip of some Darker Power at force reminded me a bit of Alexandra Bracken's Darkest Minds books, except without the oppressive ant was constantly surprising me with the creative twists he threw into the book. From talking coyotes to flying snakes, to the whacked out powers the children developed--I never knew what to expect and was constantly delighted with some new at being said, I feel like I should have enjoyed reading this book more than I did. Not that I didn't have fun it at all--I did--but it just wasn't the kind of all consuming page turner that it seems like it should have been. I kept reading a few pages at night before bed and then falling asleep. That shouldn't happen with this type of book--normally with a quick paced dystopian, I can't place it down til I reach the end.I think the issue here is in the hero development. None of these characters really felt very fully formed. They each have approximately one key trait: Sam is a leader; Astrid is a genius; Drake is an evil sadist; Small Pete is autistic; Quinn is insecure; Alberto is an entrepreneur, etc. etc. etc. The interpersonal drama just felt kind of forced and half baked. And for me, it doesn't matter how creative a globe is or how tense the plot--if I can't really relate to the characters, I'm never going to be fully sucked ill gotta give this points for creativity - it's really not like any other book I've come across lately. 3.5 stars.

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    Gone: Gone Series, Book 1 []  2020-1-14 19:29

    Michael Grant's "Gone" grabs you by the lapels, and then by the back of your collar, and finally by the throat, and doesn't allow go. This is compelling young adult e premise is established in the first sentence...no time wasted getting down to business. When it really kicked into high gear for me (when it latched onto my throat) was when the clock rewound a bit and you saw the transition into the FAZE from the point of view of a young girl in the passenger seat of a truck, which is suddenly careening out of control. After sustaining life-threatening injuries, I was sure she was going to die, an early victim of this crazed fresh world. When Grant pulls out the first of many, a lot of surprising twists and saves this girl from certain death, I was hooked. I've read the entire series.

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    Gone: Gone Series, Book 1 []  2020-1-14 19:29

    At the sentence level, each sentence is fun to read. Ditto the paragraphs. Then Grant weaves all the paragraphs together to create engrossing themes, people, plots and counter-plots. Brilliantly done. I kept on and kept on and kept on. That's rarely real for free kindle books.I was sad that the author resolved almost none of the major struggles and conflicts. I guess that's needed since he intended to suck us into a sequel and then into its sequel, etc. In a method that's unbelievable because I obtain to look forward to a lot of more hours of reading about these people and this universe. Still, I would have liked it if we had not just left every evil person or power completely unchanged and ready to go on victimizing amazing people. That is possible. Take Orson Scott Card, for example. Each book actually "ends" in the sense that amazing wins and evil is If you relish the idea of finding a *really* amazing author and having *lots* of reading ahead of you, and you don't mind knowing that nobody is going to victory until (I hope) around the seventh book, then this is a amazing put for you to go. Imho. --Eben Visher

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    Gone: Gone Series, Book 1 []  2020-1-14 19:29

    The story was fast-paced and exciting. Characters were well thought out and real, though a small predictable. The only thing that bothered me was that frequently the story would change scenes with no page break or any visual clue that the story had changed scenes - that definitely interrupted the flow of my reading as I had to pause to figure it out. Amazing clean story and will definitely be purchasing the rest of the series!

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    Gone: Gone Series, Book 1 []  2020-1-14 19:29

    One would think with the crazy first weeks of school, I would have no time to plow through an almost 600 paged book, but Gone, by Michael Grant, does not give you the opportunity to place it down. From the first five pages, this book grabs you by the seat of the pants and hurls you through a creepy post-apocalyptic globe where all people over the age of 14 simply disappear- *poof* and m, also known as School Bus Sam after he rescued his school bus full of children when the driver had a heart attack, was once a hero, but has faded back into the wallflower he is happiest being. When all the adults and children over 14 disappear in Perdido Beach, though, Sam is the one all the other children begin looking to for guidance. No one know what happened to the adults, but right in front of their eyes, they all just disappeared. Sam is reluctant to be their leader, but when he rushes into a burning building to save a small girl, it is clear heroism is simply in his nature. With the support of his friends, Astrid, Edilio, and Quinn, they set off to search Astrid's autistic small brother and hopefully some adults. What they find, however, is that a giant, electrified border has created a circle around the whole area- exactly a 10 mile radius all around the nuclear power plant. Nothing can come in and no one can obtain out. Something strange is also event to everything and everyone living within the wall. The animals are mutating and some of the children are starting to develop e true showdown, however, starts when the Coates Academy children (a school for delinquent rich kids) come down from the school to take over as leaders of Perdido Beach. Their leader, Caine, is all too willing to use his powers to gain control or allow his evil sidekick, Drake, wield his menacing punishments. Children are beaten to death for defying Caine's rules, meal is an ever-growing concern, and safety becomes a luxury. Can Sam come to terms with his own power? Can he, with the help of his friends, become a real leader among the children inside the wall?This is an awesome story about children forced to grow up quickly. When they have to defend themselves with guns found at the power plant, Sam finds himself struggling with the idea of asking 8th graders to wield guns while being horrified at asking a 5th or 6th grader to defend themselves. This story has a lot of Lord of the Flies themes as civilized life quickly breaks down. The lead characters are the embodiment of amazing and evil, with consciences and cravings for power being the ultimate battle. Children are quickly given roles of nurse, day care operator, guard, and cook. These same children had parents and adults to take care of them not 24 hours earlier. It is a harsh fresh globe where anything is e reading level is relatively accessible, but the story is very, very long. It is action packed and there isn't a dull moment in the whole story, but 500+ pages is a lot to ask of a middle school student. Therefore, I would save this amazing story for an older child who reads a lot or is really into this type of story. It might overwhelm a struggling reader who isn't ready for such a long book. Otherwise, I would suggest everyone give this book a try! It has a small bit of everything from an apocalypse to supernatural powers! You can't ask for much more! Just be careful when picking up the next two books. The second book is Hunger, and the third is Lies. I accidentally picked up the third book and ruined a small of the second story before I even got a possibility to read it! Oh well. It won't stop be from reading the next two books!!

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    Gone: Gone Series, Book 1 []  2020-1-14 19:29

    This is my first time reading anything by this author. I spend a long time going back and forward deciding if it was worth the read. The covers are amazing. Well the ones I have are but I'm very pecular with my books. How ever I ended up giving it a possibility and I'm glad I did since I actually enjoyed it. The plot was amazing and so was the story line but there was some problems for me. One thing was that they called a child with autism the R word. Now the word by it self bugs me but being that I have a child with autism it bugged me even more. Also although the story was amazing it seemed longer than it need it to be. Besides those facts I loved it. And I love Sam and Astrid relationship❤️❤️❤️Sam the character and Astrid the Genius, can they save the children at Perdido Beach?📚📚📚📚 4/5

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    Gone: Gone Series, Book 1 []  2020-1-14 19:29

    I would rate this book a 7/10. Michael Grant did a amazing job keeping me glued into the book, although the pace was beautiful slow. This book is suspenseful, eye-opening, and a continuous mystery. When and if you read this book you will obtain to learn about the character’s plentifully and personally. You will also see the wars each of the characters go through during the book. Throughout all of the turmoils the characters and the globe face, you will also see the lessons and powers they earn. This is what the globe would possibly look like without adults in it.

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    Gone: Gone Series, Book 1 []  2020-1-14 19:29

    I choose this book for my literature group. Not knowing anything about this book, I assumed it was just an average book. Until I read it. It took me on an exciting roller coaster of greatness. The sad moments in the book have touched my heart more than any other fictional stories. And the happiest moments in this story give me jolts of adrenaline that force me to hold reading the book. Now, thanks to the author, I can continue my journey with the 8 more books ahead of me. Thank you for the best method to spend my time when I'm bored.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-1-15 22:30

    Interesting book TO START WITH. I read all the 5 star reviews,( and to my amazement, not ONE 4 star review), and I thought, "this book MUST be very good." It kept my interest for a while, actually, and then I became weary of reading court transcripts verbatim, along with the author's very very biased viewpoints . Do NOT obtain me wrong here. The "mother" in this nonfiction book is a very not good and perhaps mentally ill woman. I can in NO WAY excuse her actions, or the actions of her MINIONS. That being said, there is not one single word, not ONE paragraph, written as to WHY this beauty queen wife/ mother would go to such amazing lengths to not only divorce her husband of over 20 years, but to attempt to take away everything he had, including all five of their children. People USUALLY don't "snap" just like that. The husband himself said he "trusted her implicitly, and signed doents she shoved under his nose WITHOUT READING THEM." That was BEYOND foolish of him. What had happened in this marriage ? What went on between these two behind closed doors? The wife had a boyfriend, was a flight attendant, very attractive, etc. No, she wasn't a soccer mom, but how could she be? He worked from home, she didn't, so he was Mr. Hockey dad. OK, fine. Anything else? They were in heavy debt. Resentment, maybe? But I don't wish to obtain off track. What she did was outstandingly wrong wrong wrong. However, when she was living with the kids in the basic residence, why did the house smell like urine? Did they own a dog? And graffiti? Described, but never explained. Her abduction of the two oldest girls, aided by her disgusting "supporters" was a criminal act. Her hiding of them was worse. However , if she was working as a flight attendant at the time, why was she so difficult to locate? Questions, questions questions. I detested her main attorney; what a strange, annoying woman! But as I wrote above, the ENDLESS word for word reprints of the Family Court hearings seemed endless. I KNOW the kids are where they belong now. However, this story seemed to start with "BAM!" Husband wronged , wife is a psychopathic maniac. I would have been interested to read about the latest three or four years of the marriage. SOMETHING HAD TO PRECIPITATE this poor woman's heinous actions.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-1-15 22:30

    The first 30% was so detailed with legal info I almost laid the story aside for something more captivating. However, as I moved into the story realized it was important to grasp what followed in understanding the implications of the details.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-1-15 22:30

    Well, I have read about half of this book and I am just not going to torture myself anymore! I have far too a lot of amazing books I wish to read and to continue one more min reading this one would be a large waste of my time! I'm not sure what I originally thought this book was about but it certainly wasn't this!! When I read real crime books I usually like detail but not like this!!! This book literally reprinted the court transcripts...every single word. And when it went to the transcripts, the print in the book went to a very little print that was very difficult to read. I really don't care to waste anymore time on this book, including this review. Just be warned, it is a terrible, poorly written piece of nothing. Please be careful and don't waste your time or cash on this book. There are hundreds of really amazing real crime books out there but this is NOT one of them! This is my opinion.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-9-24 18:43

    I was deeply involved in kid support, visitation, divorce and family law for a lot of years and have heard of many, a lot of volatile couples... but never have I heard of something quite THIS BAD. When parents use their kids as pawns to retaliate versus their ex spouse, that's one thing, but the mother in this story just completely stopped being a mother. She completely stopped caring about her kids - period! I don't understand that. I can't figure out if she did this out of revenge for her ex - who did nothing to her - or if she just didn't wish to be a wife and mother anymore. It's almost as if that's what it was all about. She just wanted a whole fresh life, free from responsibilities. But still, how can you just stop loving your children???

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-9-24 18:43

    I really had a hard time reading this book and I wanted to like it due to the interesting story line but it ended with just that. Method to much court transcript info which was very boring and dry reading. There didn't seem to be much in this book as far as getting to know the people in the story other then the author constantly reminded you how unbelievable David was and how poor Sandra was. I thought this was very one sided, in favor of David. The Author tells you over and over how hard David looked for his girls but never goes into detail as to how he looked or what he did. I live in Minnesota and do not remember this case being in the news and every one was hanging by the edge of chairs waiting for updates and news like the author claims. This book just fell very flat for me.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-9-27 18:38

    I was deeply involved in kid support, visitation, divorce and family law for a lot of years and have heard of many, a lot of volatile couples... but never have I heard of something quite THIS BAD. When parents use their kids as pawns to retaliate versus their ex spouse, that's one thing, but the mother in this story just completely stopped being a mother. She completely stopped caring about her kids - period! I don't understand that. I can't figure out if she did this out of revenge for her ex - who did nothing to her - or if she just didn't wish to be a wife and mother anymore. It's almost as if that's what it was all about. She just wanted a whole fresh life, free from responsibilities. But still, how can you just stop loving your children???

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-9-27 18:38

    I heard about this story at the time, but never really understood what happened, so this truly was an eye opener! Thanks to the authors who did all this hard work, years of it, to tell us a real story about people that can be so dishonest and corrupt! It's a must read! It'll grab at your heart and create you mad at the same time. What's wrong with a mother who can do this to her own children? And to the others that were involved, shameful!

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-9-26 18:29

    A must read, hard to believe this is a real story. I was impressed by how well written and detailed the very complicated facts and happenings were presented, This mother set out to destroy her family. A very sick woman joined by equally sick people who supported her. Hard to believe the level of evil and craziness that happened. Thank goodness for the amazing people that helped the husband and kids restore their lives.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-9-24 18:45

    I rarely write reviews as so much of literature is subjective. What one person loves another will hate. However, I am driven to write a review of this book because it is just plain bad. It constantly switches perspectives, so it is very hard to follow. It is full of not only transcripts of the hearings and trials, but also copies of articles written by the author. It is blatantly biased although the authors are clear that they are on the side of the father. It is also very repetitive. The authors repeat the same ideas over and over, sometimes verbatim. I am a prolific reader for over 3 decades. I have fun all various types of writing across all genres and time periods (both when the piece was written and when the piece is set). I have rarely come across such a poorly written and poorly edited book as this. Save your brain cells and read something else. Anything else.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-9-24 18:45

    I was deeply involved in kid support, visitation, divorce and family law for a lot of years and have heard of many, a lot of volatile couples... but never have I heard of something quite THIS BAD. When parents use their kids as pawns to retaliate versus their ex spouse, that's one thing, but the mother in this story just completely stopped being a mother. She completely stopped caring about her kids - period! I don't understand that. I can't figure out if she did this out of revenge for her ex - who did nothing to her - or if she just didn't wish to be a wife and mother anymore. It's almost as if that's what it was all about. She just wanted a whole fresh life, free from responsibilities. But still, how can you just stop loving your children???

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-9-24 18:45

    This book challenged my thinking. It took my reactions in a lot of various directions. What presented in the beginning was in reality was not exactly what occurred. I am amazed at the patience the court officers showed. I am left with reevaluating my role in the social service/ family system. I have empathy for the family, the advocates and everyone that experienced these happenings in true time. This was a well written book.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-9-25 18:34

    Interesting book TO START WITH. I read all the 5 star reviews,( and to my amazement, not ONE 4 star review), and I thought, "this book MUST be very good." It kept my interest for a while, actually, and then I became weary of reading court transcripts verbatim, along with the author's very very biased viewpoints . Do NOT obtain me wrong here. The "mother" in this nonfiction book is a very not good and perhaps mentally ill woman. I can in NO WAY excuse her actions, or the actions of her MINIONS. That being said, there is not one single word, not ONE paragraph, written as to WHY this beauty queen wife/ mother would go to such amazing lengths to not only divorce her husband of over 20 years, but to attempt to take away everything he had, including all five of their children. People USUALLY don't "snap" just like that. The husband himself said he "trusted her implicitly, and signed doents she shoved under his nose WITHOUT READING THEM." That was BEYOND foolish of him. What had happened in this marriage ? What went on between these two behind closed doors? The wife had a boyfriend, was a flight attendant, very attractive, etc. No, she wasn't a soccer mom, but how could she be? He worked from home, she didn't, so he was Mr. Hockey dad. OK, fine. Anything else? They were in heavy debt. Resentment, maybe? But I don't wish to obtain off track. What she did was outstandingly wrong wrong wrong. However, when she was living with the kids in the basic residence, why did the house smell like urine? Did they own a dog? And graffiti? Described, but never explained. Her abduction of the two oldest girls, aided by her disgusting "supporters" was a criminal act. Her hiding of them was worse. However , if she was working as a flight attendant at the time, why was she so difficult to locate? Questions, questions questions. I detested her main attorney; what a strange, annoying woman! But as I wrote above, the ENDLESS word for word reprints of the Family Court hearings seemed endless. I KNOW the kids are where they belong now. However, this story seemed to start with "BAM!" Husband wronged , wife is a psychopathic maniac. I would have been interested to read about the latest three or four years of the marriage. SOMETHING HAD TO PRECIPITATE this poor woman's heinous actions.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-9-25 18:34

    A must read, hard to believe this is a real story. I was impressed by how well written and detailed the very complicated facts and happenings were presented, This mother set out to destroy her family. A very sick woman joined by equally sick people who supported her. Hard to believe the level of evil and craziness that happened. Thank goodness for the amazing people that helped the husband and kids restore their lives.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-9-27 18:37

    Well, I have read about half of this book and I am just not going to torture myself anymore! I have far too a lot of amazing books I wish to read and to continue one more min reading this one would be a large waste of my time! I'm not sure what I originally thought this book was about but it certainly wasn't this!! When I read real crime books I usually like detail but not like this!!! This book literally reprinted the court transcripts...every single word. And when it went to the transcripts, the print in the book went to a very little print that was very difficult to read. I really don't care to waste anymore time on this book, including this review. Just be warned, it is a terrible, poorly written piece of nothing. Please be careful and don't waste your time or cash on this book. There are hundreds of really amazing real crime books out there but this is NOT one of them! This is my opinion.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-9-27 18:37

    I really had a hard time reading this book and I wanted to like it due to the interesting story line but it ended with just that. Method to much court transcript info which was very boring and dry reading. There didn't seem to be much in this book as far as getting to know the people in the story other then the author constantly reminded you how unbelievable David was and how poor Sandra was. I thought this was very one sided, in favor of David. The Author tells you over and over how hard David looked for his girls but never goes into detail as to how he looked or what he did. I live in Minnesota and do not remember this case being in the news and every one was hanging by the edge of chairs waiting for updates and news like the author claims. This book just fell very flat for me.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-11-30 18:18

    If even half of what wife did is true, she is mentally ill and a not good person,both. But the husband, the owner of a huge failing,busines is not to be believed. He claimed that he signed divorce papers giving up custody of his kids because his wife said it was going to be a paper divorce to protect assets...trusting her he didn't read the doents. He just signed them. Then he went to court and claimed she tricked him. Nobody is this stupid. And if the wife is as crazy and emotionally unstable as the author makes out then the husband trusting her makes no sense -- unless the Husband is as manipulative and narcissistic as his wife. And I think that latest part is probably true. The author makes no attempt to figure out what actually triggered the divorce proceedings. What motivates the wife is completely unimportant. Therefore the author cannot be trusted.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-11-30 18:18

    Well, I have read about half of this book and I am just not going to torture myself anymore! I have far too a lot of amazing books I wish to read and to continue one more min reading this one would be a large waste of my time! I'm not sure what I originally thought this book was about but it certainly wasn't this!! When I read real crime books I usually like detail but not like this!!! This book literally reprinted the court transcripts...every single word. And when it went to the transcripts, the print in the book went to a very little print that was very difficult to read. I really don't care to waste anymore time on this book, including this review. Just be warned, it is a terrible, poorly written piece of nothing. Please be careful and don't waste your time or cash on this book. There are hundreds of really amazing real crime books out there but this is NOT one of them! This is my opinion.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-11-30 18:18

    This book challenged my thinking. It took my reactions in a lot of various directions. What presented in the beginning was in reality was not exactly what occurred. I am amazed at the patience the court officers showed. I am left with reevaluating my role in the social service/ family system. I have empathy for the family, the advocates and everyone that experienced these happenings in true time. This was a well written book.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-12-6 18:13

    Well, I have read about half of this book and I am just not going to torture myself anymore! I have far too a lot of amazing books I wish to read and to continue one more min reading this one would be a large waste of my time! I'm not sure what I originally thought this book was about but it certainly wasn't this!! When I read real crime books I usually like detail but not like this!!! This book literally reprinted the court transcripts...every single word. And when it went to the transcripts, the print in the book went to a very little print that was very difficult to read. I really don't care to waste anymore time on this book, including this review. Just be warned, it is a terrible, poorly written piece of nothing. Please be careful and don't waste your time or cash on this book. There are hundreds of really amazing real crime books out there but this is NOT one of them! This is my opinion.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-12-6 18:13

    I really had a hard time reading this book and I wanted to like it due to the interesting story line but it ended with just that. Method to much court transcript info which was very boring and dry reading. There didn't seem to be much in this book as far as getting to know the people in the story other then the author constantly reminded you how unbelievable David was and how poor Sandra was. I thought this was very one sided, in favor of David. The Author tells you over and over how hard David looked for his girls but never goes into detail as to how he looked or what he did. I live in Minnesota and do not remember this case being in the news and every one was hanging by the edge of chairs waiting for updates and news like the author claims. This book just fell very flat for me.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-12-9 18:20

    Well, I have read about half of this book and I am just not going to torture myself anymore! I have far too a lot of amazing books I wish to read and to continue one more min reading this one would be a large waste of my time! I'm not sure what I originally thought this book was about but it certainly wasn't this!! When I read real crime books I usually like detail but not like this!!! This book literally reprinted the court transcripts...every single word. And when it went to the transcripts, the print in the book went to a very little print that was very difficult to read. I really don't care to waste anymore time on this book, including this review. Just be warned, it is a terrible, poorly written piece of nothing. Please be careful and don't waste your time or cash on this book. There are hundreds of really amazing real crime books out there but this is NOT one of them! This is my opinion.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-12-9 18:20

    I really had a hard time reading this book and I wanted to like it due to the interesting story line but it ended with just that. Method to much court transcript info which was very boring and dry reading. There didn't seem to be much in this book as far as getting to know the people in the story other then the author constantly reminded you how unbelievable David was and how poor Sandra was. I thought this was very one sided, in favor of David. The Author tells you over and over how hard David looked for his girls but never goes into detail as to how he looked or what he did. I live in Minnesota and do not remember this case being in the news and every one was hanging by the edge of chairs waiting for updates and news like the author claims. This book just fell very flat for me.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-12-11 18:17

    If even half of what wife did is true, she is mentally ill and a not good person,both. But the husband, the owner of a huge failing,busines is not to be believed. He claimed that he signed divorce papers giving up custody of his kids because his wife said it was going to be a paper divorce to protect assets...trusting her he didn't read the doents. He just signed them. Then he went to court and claimed she tricked him. Nobody is this stupid. And if the wife is as crazy and emotionally unstable as the author makes out then the husband trusting her makes no sense -- unless the Husband is as manipulative and narcissistic as his wife. And I think that latest part is probably true. The author makes no attempt to figure out what actually triggered the divorce proceedings. What motivates the wife is completely unimportant. Therefore the author cannot be trusted.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-12-11 18:17

    Well, I have read about half of this book and I am just not going to torture myself anymore! I have far too a lot of amazing books I wish to read and to continue one more min reading this one would be a large waste of my time! I'm not sure what I originally thought this book was about but it certainly wasn't this!! When I read real crime books I usually like detail but not like this!!! This book literally reprinted the court transcripts...every single word. And when it went to the transcripts, the print in the book went to a very little print that was very difficult to read. I really don't care to waste anymore time on this book, including this review. Just be warned, it is a terrible, poorly written piece of nothing. Please be careful and don't waste your time or cash on this book. There are hundreds of really amazing real crime books out there but this is NOT one of them! This is my opinion.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-11-10 18:14

    I heard about this story at the time, but never really understood what happened, so this truly was an eye opener! Thanks to the authors who did all this hard work, years of it, to tell us a real story about people that can be so dishonest and corrupt! It's a must read! It'll grab at your heart and create you mad at the same time. What's wrong with a mother who can do this to her own children? And to the others that were involved, shameful!

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-11-25 21:2

    I rarely write reviews as so much of literature is subjective. What one person loves another will hate. However, I am driven to write a review of this book because it is just plain bad. It constantly switches perspectives, so it is very hard to follow. It is full of not only transcripts of the hearings and trials, but also copies of articles written by the author. It is blatantly biased although the authors are clear that they are on the side of the father. It is also very repetitive. The authors repeat the same ideas over and over, sometimes verbatim. I am a prolific reader for over 3 decades. I have fun all various types of writing across all genres and time periods (both when the piece was written and when the piece is set). I have rarely come across such a poorly written and poorly edited book as this. Save your brain cells and read something else. Anything else.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-11-25 21:2

    I heard about this story at the time, but never really understood what happened, so this truly was an eye opener! Thanks to the authors who did all this hard work, years of it, to tell us a real story about people that can be so dishonest and corrupt! It's a must read! It'll grab at your heart and create you mad at the same time. What's wrong with a mother who can do this to her own children? And to the others that were involved, shameful!

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-1-15 22:30

    If even half of what wife did is true, she is mentally ill and a not good person,both. But the husband, the owner of a huge failing,busines is not to be believed. He claimed that he signed divorce papers giving up custody of his kids because his wife said it was going to be a paper divorce to protect assets...trusting her he didn't read the doents. He just signed them. Then he went to court and claimed she tricked him. Nobody is this stupid. And if the wife is as crazy and emotionally unstable as the author makes out then the husband trusting her makes no sense -- unless the Husband is as manipulative and narcissistic as his wife. And I think that latest part is probably true. The author makes no attempt to figure out what actually triggered the divorce proceedings. What motivates the wife is completely unimportant. Therefore the author cannot be trusted.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-9-24 18:43

    I rarely write reviews as so much of literature is subjective. What one person loves another will hate. However, I am driven to write a review of this book because it is just plain bad. It constantly switches perspectives, so it is very hard to follow. It is full of not only transcripts of the hearings and trials, but also copies of articles written by the author. It is blatantly biased although the authors are clear that they are on the side of the father. It is also very repetitive. The authors repeat the same ideas over and over, sometimes verbatim. I am a prolific reader for over 3 decades. I have fun all various types of writing across all genres and time periods (both when the piece was written and when the piece is set). I have rarely come across such a poorly written and poorly edited book as this. Save your brain cells and read something else. Anything else.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-9-24 18:43

    I heard about this story at the time, but never really understood what happened, so this truly was an eye opener! Thanks to the authors who did all this hard work, years of it, to tell us a real story about people that can be so dishonest and corrupt! It's a must read! It'll grab at your heart and create you mad at the same time. What's wrong with a mother who can do this to her own children? And to the others that were involved, shameful!

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-9-27 18:38

    I rarely write reviews as so much of literature is subjective. What one person loves another will hate. However, I am driven to write a review of this book because it is just plain bad. It constantly switches perspectives, so it is very hard to follow. It is full of not only transcripts of the hearings and trials, but also copies of articles written by the author. It is blatantly biased although the authors are clear that they are on the side of the father. It is also very repetitive. The authors repeat the same ideas over and over, sometimes verbatim. I am a prolific reader for over 3 decades. I have fun all various types of writing across all genres and time periods (both when the piece was written and when the piece is set). I have rarely come across such a poorly written and poorly edited book as this. Save your brain cells and read something else. Anything else.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-9-27 18:38

    This book challenged my thinking. It took my reactions in a lot of various directions. What presented in the beginning was in reality was not exactly what occurred. I am amazed at the patience the court officers showed. I am left with reevaluating my role in the social service/ family system. I have empathy for the family, the advocates and everyone that experienced these happenings in true time. This was a well written book.

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    The Girls Are Gone: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Vanished, the Father Who Kept Searching, and the Adults Who Conspired to Keep the Truth Hidden []  2020-9-24 18:45

    I heard about this story at the time, but never really understood what happened, so this truly was an eye opener! Thanks to the authors who did all this hard work, years of it, to tell us a real story about people that can be so dishonest and corrupt! It's a must read! It'll grab at your heart and create you mad at the same time. What's wrong with a mother who can do this to her own children? And to the others that were involved, shameful!

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