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Cemetery Girl [Kindle Edition]

David Bell
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In Cemetery Girl, David Bell's gripping psychological thriller, a father tries to uncover the secrets of his daughter's inexplicable disappearance.
Tom and Abby Stuart had everything: a perfect marriage, successful careers, and a beautiful twelve-year-old daughter, Caitlin. Then one day Caitlin vanished. The tragedy changed their lives and shattered their marriage.
Four years later, Caitlin is found alive - dirty and dishevelled yet preternaturally calm. The police arrest a suspect, but Caitlin refuses to testify, leaving the Stuarts with a choice: let the man who may be responsible for destroying their lives walk away, or take matters into their own hands.
When Tom decides to try to uncover the truth for himself, nothing can prepare him for what he discovers . . .
David Bell's Cemetery Girl will have readers biting their nails, and will accompany his new novel The Hiding Place. A real treat for all fans of Kate Atkinson, Dennis Lehane and Heather Gudenkauf.
Praise for David Bell:
'David Bell writes spellbinding and gripping thrillers that get under your skin and refuse to let go.' Linwood Barclay
'Reads like a collaboration between Michael Connelly and the gothic fiction of Joyce Carol Oates . . . A winner on every level.' Will Lavender
'A haunting meditation on the ties that bind parent to child, husband to wife, brother to brother. An absolutely riveting, absorbing read not to be missed.' Lisa Unger
David Bell is an assistant professor of English at Western Kentucky University. He received an M.A. in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Ph.D. in American Literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. Cemetery Girl was David Bell's first novel.

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Reads like a collaboration between Michael Connelly and the gothic fiction of Joyce Carol Oates . . . A winner on every level (Will Lavender)

Cemetery Girl grabbed me by the throat on page one and never let up. . . the work of a master (John Lescroart)

David Bell writes spellbinding and gripping thrillers that get under your skin and refuse to let go. (Linwood Barclay)

David Bell is a natural storyteller and a superb writer (Nelson DeMille)

About the Author

David Bell is an assistant professor of English at Western Kentucky University. He received an MA in Creative Writing from Miami University in Ohio, and a PhD in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Cincinnati.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 595 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (18 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A8SGLM0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Gripping Page Turner 17 Oct. 2011
This is one of the best thrillers I've read in a long time. It is an utterly convincing story about a father's journey to find the truth about his daughter's abduction. I found the protagonist very sympathetic and believeable. There are plenty of twists and turns in the narrative and you never quite know what to expect. It is written in the style of a gritty detective novel and I found it easy to follow. What I loved most of all was how realistic the father's reactions were. The author really has a grip on how a man relates differently to a tragedy and I found this utterly compelling. Highly recommended. A**
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty drama 5 Jan. 2013
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Sometimes a difficult read because of the subject matter but at the same time impossible to put down, Cemetery Girl has believable characters and an original storyline
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ups and downs... 2 Jan. 2013
By M-Moo06
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I really enjoyed the first two thirds of this book - it reminded me very much of Harlan Coben, who is a favourite of mine. The characters are believable and their reactions and feelings to their situation seemed plausible and realistic.

However, something just didn't sit right with me for the rest of the book, and looking back on it now, there were some odd bits that don't seem to make sense now. For instance, Liann - why did she seem to play such an important part at the start and then completely fizzle out towards the end? And Caitlin being described as a 'secretive child' wasn't really backed up with anything other than the incident with the near-miss car accident, yet it seemed to play a big part in the way Tom felt when she returned to them 4 years later. Pastor Chris, I imagine, was supposed to be an irritating character who was intended to rile the reader with his patronising ways and overly-cheery demeanour, but again he was a character that seemed at one point integral to the story, but was simply phased out towards the end - were these characters intentional red herrings? And I think the conversations with Tom and his daughter's kidnapper were bizarre - would a father really so willingly speak to a paedophile/rapist/kidnapper who had snatched his daughter in such a calm and almost polite manner? I seem to think 'no'. That is where the book got a bit far-fetched and stringy for me, but I'm glad I kept reading, as it wasn't too bad overall. However, I got this for the bargain price of 99p - not worth spending £4.99 on.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Walk in the Park 30 Dec. 2012
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A strange book, I wondered what possible motivation the author could have to write it, then I checked out the author's background and all became clear; a literary exercise from a professor of English.
That said he does a fair job of it. Tom Stuart's life is falling apart, his daughter, Caitlin has disappeared from the face of the earth. One minute taking the dog for a walk in the park, the next, gone, nothing.
Bell's description of Tom's descent into agitated depression is well documented, and is a powerful portrayal of grief and it's effect on the mind. Tom's wife, Abby's struggles to cope, as seen through his eyes are a tour de force description of relationship breakdown.
The author however waivers because, of course, he knows what's coming next. Caitlin's return.
There are a number of recent cases of abductions of adolescent girls and the resulting relationships which have occurred both in Europe and the U.S. and this novel now drifts into a rather less believable case study. There are a raft of lesser characters, police officers, therapists and of course Chris the Pastor and brother Buster, who between them add some colour to the proceedings.
Overall an ambitious novel with a first part which draws the reader into the fraught relationships of this dysfunctional family, part two explores the reintegration of the prodigal daughter and then part three rather meanders to a rather unsatisfactory ending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling reading... 22 Mar. 2014
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Tom, Abbey and Caitlin's lives are changed over night when Caitlin, aged 12 is abducted and not seen for 4 years. Then suddenly she reappears out of nowhere not telling anyone where she has been or what she has been doing for all that time.

This is truly a very traumatic time for Tom and Abbey as they try to piece their lives back together with their daughter who is now 16 and no longer the child they 'lost' but one who is all but grown up and with a very different street-wise manner.

This book explores Stockholm syndrome where the victim resonates with the perpetrator and they don't believe they have done anything wrong even though they may have been beaten, starved, raped and abused whilst in their grip.

I loved the way Mr Bell told Tom's side of the story, telling it from a man's point of view (lol) but with all the emotion, rage, uncertainty and depth of feeling of how a Father would feel in this situation. I also felt that in contrast Abbey's character was lacking the warmth and emotional depth that a woman would have been feeling in this situation.

However I really felt for Tom and Abbey imagining what I would have done in the same situation, their emotional roller-coaster ride was harrowing to say the least. Tom's compulsive need to know the 'truth' of what happened causes him to behave in an irresponsible manner at times but you can sympathize with his torment.

I can only hope that with all the counselling, love and devotion of friends and family members and just tons of patience that victims can reach a measure of recovery in real life.

Thank you David for a compelling read, I look forward to reading your next book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure
I thought the idea of this was interesting but I just kept getting confused about what was going on and then some of the action seemed a bit far fetched. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars a gripping read
read this within a week, gripping story line, would recommend
Published 6 months ago by crankycow
5.0 out of 5 stars I read this very quickly
Very readable book. Interesting story of relationships before and after a childhood kidnapping. No graphic descriptions were needed
just the suggestion and your own... Read more
Published 6 months ago by JELLY B
5.0 out of 5 stars Carrie m
Very good .rather slow to begin with but hard to put down! .defiantly worth a read and keeps you guessing
Published 7 months ago by carrie malcolm
2.0 out of 5 stars Alleged Thriller Fizzles Out Half Way Through.
Cemetery Girl effectively ends half way through. I read on and on eagerly awaiting that final twist which is the heart of a good thriller. It never came. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Steve Duke
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book
Really good read. Keeps you hooked from the first chapter. I read the whole book on a night shift at work and i have to say its one of the best reads in a long time and has a... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyable book to read
Published 12 months ago by Skyepie
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Really enjoyed this book, kept me reading. Full of suspense, brilliantly written with great characters and a wonderful plot. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lisa Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars page turner
The story is like no other I've read - I thought it was going to be your typical abduction and aftermath scenario. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Angela Pangela
5.0 out of 5 stars Before you go.....
A very honest book. Highly recommended if you want a true take on reality and not just a happy no nonsense ending.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs B.
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