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For Lizzie Snow, the ice and snow of her first punishing North Woods winter are dreadful enough. But near the small town of Bearkill a stubborn forest fire now rages out of control, and as embers swirl dangerously in the smoke-filled air, a teenage girl with a history of running away has dropped out of sight again. The locals and the law both think Tara Wylie is up to her old tricks until her mother receives a terrifying text message.
Equally disturbing: Henry Gemerle a kidnapper and rapist who once held three girls prisoner for fifteen years has escaped, and may be lurking in Bearkill. As the fire closes in, Lizzie teams up with her boss, Sheriff Cody Chevrier, and state cop Dylan Hudson to search for the missing girl and the wily fugitive. But they re blocked by Tara s mother, a frustrating teller of needless lies and keeper of dark, incomprehensible secrets.
Following a trail of grisly clues a bloodstained motel room, a makeshift coffin in a shallow grave Lizzie is drawn ever closer to the flames in her race to save an innocent and corner a monster. Someone else also wants to find Tara Wylie and Henry Gemerle, though, for reasons that have nothing to do with mercy or justice. And when they all meet, the inferno threatening Bearkill will pale in comparison to the hell that s about to break loose.
Praise for The Girls She Left Behind
Sarah] Graves writes at full strength when she s focused on this economically depressed region, once the hub of a thriving lumber industry but now mostly the domain of meth cooks, unhappy teenagers and scores of volunteer firefighters battling tenacious blazes in the surrounding forest. . . . A] rugged landscape with its down-to-earth characters. Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
Graves is firing on all cylinders. Lizzie Snow is a dynamic protagonist, just the right blend of capable and flawed. The fictional town of Bearkill is definitely coming into its own the richness of the backdrop seems destined only to increase. And Graves has spent years demonstrating an ability to construct textured, nuanced mysteries. Put it all together and The Girls She Left Behind is another worthwhile entry in this series. The Maine Edge
Graves s dark second Lizzie Snow mystery examines the ugly, soul-destroying things that mark the aftermath of a child abduction. Publishers Weekly
Insightful and twisted . . . an action-packed psychological thriller that readers cannot put down . . . This haunting novel is a must-read. RT Book Reviews
A] tense and fast-paced tale of love gone horribly and fantastically wrong. Kirkus Reviews
Well-observed and craftily orchestrated, The Girls She Left Behind is a solid entry in what is shaping up to be a strong Maine mystery series. Readers are likely to warm to Lizzie Snow and eagerly await her next appearance. Portland Press-Herald
An engrossing and rapid read . . . Graves is clearly an expert mystery writer and the plot contains plenty of unexpected tangles and complexities to keep fans of the genre well-entertained. Pop Mythology"
- ISBN-13: 9780553390438
- ISBN-10: 0553390430
- Publisher: Bantam Dell Pub Group
- Publish Date: January 2016
- Page Count: 238
- Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-11-16
- Reviewer: Staff
Gravess dark second Lizzie Snow mystery (after 2015s Winter at the Door) examines the ugly, soul-destroying things that mark the aftermath of a child abduction. At age 15, Jane Crimmins is kidnapped from a party in a New Haven, Conn., park, along with her 15-year-old cousin, Cam Petry. Jane escapes soon afterward, but she tells no one of her experience or that three other victims remain in captivity. Fifteen years later, the police arrest Janes abductor and rescue three young women, including Cam, from his New Haven house. Now Jane lives in terror that someone will find out what she didand didntdo. Jane retreats to Bearkill, Maine, where Lizzie, a sheriffs deputy, hopes against hope to find her niece, missing since her sisters murder eight years before. A tough cookie, Lizzie cant resist getting involved in the case of another missing girl, whose mother is less than forthcoming. Meanwhile, a fire raging in the nearby woods serves as an objective correlative of the case, burning all who touch it. Agent: Jane Rotrosen, Jane Rotrosen Literary Agency. (Jan.)