And Then She Was Gone

  • by Rosalind Noonan
  • Narrated by Erin Bennett
  • 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Eleven-year-old Lauren O'Neil vanished one sunny afternoon as she walked home from school. Six years later, her parents Rachel and Dan still tirelessly scour their Oregon hometown and beyond, always believing Lauren will be found. Then one day, the call comes.
Lauren has been rescued from a secluded farm mere miles away, and her abductor has confessed. Yet her return is nothing like Rachel imagined. Though the revelations about what Lauren endured are shocking, most heartbreaking of all is to see the bright-eyed, assertive daughter she knew transformed into a wary, polite stranger.
Lauren's first instinct is to flee. For years she's been told her parents forgot her; now she doubts the pieces of her life can ever fit together again. But Rachel refuses to lose her a second time. Little by little they must relearn what it means to be a family, trusting that their bond is strong enough to guide them back to each other.
Intensely moving and absorbing, this is an extraordinary story told with sensitivity and grace, and filled with the depth and breadth of a mother's love.

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Great family drama

I really enjoyed this book. It's an easy listen in that the style of book is lightly written and it keeps a good pace and moves the story along swiftly. However the subject matter is more serious. Eleven year old Lauren is kidnapped. Six years later we revisit her story. The novel focuses on the time period six years later, Lauren's return and reunification with family. What is great, is being able to see multiple viewpoints and consider Lauren, her parents and her sister. This is where a fictional novel has advantages over a memoir. However the story strives too hard towards the end for a happy resolution of everything, and that made it a little unbelievable. Overall excellent for entertainment value although lacks a real punch.
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- Suzy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-03-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios