It has been a few weeks since I read The Girl Who Come Back by Susan Lewis but now that I’m flicking through the book again to gather my thoughts for this review, all the feels are rushing back to me. I got attached to these characters and the pain they endured was palpable.The Girl Who Came Back by Susan Lewis
Published by Random House UK on February 11th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Family Life, Mystery
When Jules Bright hears a knock on the door, the last person she expects to find a detective bringing her the news she’s feared for the last three years.
Amelia Quentin is being released from prison.
Jules’s life is very different now to the one she’d known before Amelia shattered it completely. Knowing the girl is coming back she needs to decide what to do. Friends and family gather round, fearing for Jules’s safety. They know that justice was never served; every one of them wants to make the Quentin girl pay.
The question is, what will Jules do; and which of them – her or Amelia - has the most to fear?
First Line of The Girl Who Came Back by Susan Lewis
“It wasn’t right to feel this way.”
My Thoughts on The Girl Who Came Back by Susan Lewis
This book is so emotionally charged and it’s crammed full of interesting characters. Both likeable ones and despicable ones. It is told pre crime and post crime as so many books seem to be nowadays however the format didn’t feel tired as I was just so attached to the characters and so heart sick about what must have happened.
We first met Amelia when she is a little girl and from the very start she is both an unlikeable and a sad child. I never warmed to her and as the book progressed I was very glad that I had never let her into my heart.
“She didn’t look at people, she stared; she didn’t laugh, or when she did the sound was false, jarring, sadly humourless.”
And then we meet Jules. We glimpse her busy vibrant life, as a loving wife and mother, managing a pub. And also her current life that is empty and lonely. I couldn’t wait to see why and I was also dreading it as Jules was such a lovely character and the foreshadowing was nail bitingly jarring.
I thought the relationships in the book were authentic and very relatable. There was romance but also realistic tension and letdowns. I laughed and hurt and felt cold fear trickle down my back as I read. There is also a whimsical storyline that softens out the harsher plot and I thought they meshed together well. There is a huge cast of characters and I thoroughly enjoyed all the sub plots.
The only down note for me was that it was a little confusing with the time hops and the transition from one timeline to another could have been marked more clearly. There is also a lot of description but it worked really for me as I felt it set the atmosphere. Still if you hate overly descriptive books, this might bug you.
Overall though I loved this one and it has reminded me that I need to read more of Susan Lewis’s back catalogue.
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Who should read The Girl who Came Back by Susan Lewis?
I recommend this to you if you like family sagas, a book that explodes with emotion and well developed characters.
Thanks to NetGalley and Century for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.