She's Gone by David Bell

She's Gone
.ePUB, 260 pages
Expected Publication: 01 Nov 2022
By: Sourcebooks Fire

About The Book:
When 17-year-old Hunter Gifford wakes in the hospital on the night of homecoming, he's shocked to learn he and his girlfriend, Chloe Summers, have been in a terrible car accident. Hunter has no memory of the crash, and his shock turns to horror when he is told Chloe's blood has been found in the car―but she has disappeared. Back at school, his fellow students taunt him, and his former best friend starts making a true-crime documentary about the case―one that points the finger directly at Hunter. And just when things can't get any worse, Chloe's mother stands in front of the entire town at a candlelight vigil and accuses Hunter of murder. Under mounting pressure from the police, Hunter takes matters into his own hands by questioning anyone who might know the truth and posting videos to prove his innocence. When Hunter learns he and Chloe were seen arguing loudly outside the dance, he faces a sickening possibility. Was he angry enough to kill the person he loved?

My Review:
Another take on the "I can't remember" trope. This time it is 17-year-old Hunter who has forgotten the night that he and his girlfriend got into a car accident. Told from Hunter's point of view we follow along as he investigates what really happened that night, is Chloe really gone? Did he have something to do with it? Or is something more nefarious at work?

I was surprised by how much I liked this as it is listed as young adult but it is really a grown-up story with younger characters. As usual David Bell writes a tension filed mystery with plenty of twists and turns. The author writes teens in a believable way and was able to evoke a mirid of emotions from this reader. I liked that the mystery's many layers are slowly peeled away as the who and why are revealed. Whether you are a fan such as myself or new to the author you won't be disappointed.

Many thanks to NetGalley, David Bell, and Sourcebooks Fire for the giving of the ARC.



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