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Grace is Gone

(2020)
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From the bestselling author of If You Knew Her comes this harrowing tale of suspense—a story ripped from today’s headlines—of a tight-knit English community, who’s rocked by the murder of a mother and the mysterious disappearance of her daughter, and the secrets that lie concealed beneath a carefully constructed facade.

A small town’s beloved family.

A shocking, senseless crime—and the dark secret at the heart of it all.

Everyone in Ashford, Cornwall, knows Meg Nichols and her daughter, Grace. Meg has been selflessly caring for Grace for years, and Grace—smiling and optimistic in spite of her many illnesses—adores her mother. So when Meg is found brutally bludgeoned in her bed and her daughter missing, the community is rocked. Meg had lived in terror of her abusive, unstable ex, convinced that he would return to try and kidnap Grace…as he had once before. Now it appears her fear was justified.

Jon Katrin, a local journalist, knows he should avoid getting drawn back into this story. The article he wrote about Meg and Grace caused rifts within his marriage and the town. Perhaps if he can help find Grace, he can atone for previous lapses in judgment. The Nichols’ neighbor, Cara—contending with her own guilt over not being a better friend to Grace—becomes an unexpected ally. But in searching for Grace, Jon and Cara uncover anomalies that lead to more and more questions.

Through multiple viewpoints and diary entries, the truth about Grace emerges, revealing a tragedy more twisted than anyone could have ever imagined…

 

 



Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"I was completely gripped, horrified, nervous, suspicious . . . I think I felt ALL of the emotions while reading it." - Elle Croft

"Chilling and compassionate in equal measure, Grace is Gone is an emotionally-charged thriller that kept me reading long into the night. While undoubtedly a superior suspense novel, Elgar also excels in laying bare the often fragile bonds of supposedly close-knit communities. When the ending comes, be prepared to pick your jaw up off the floor." - Caz Frear

"Full of intrigue, suspense and rising tension. A beautifully written, gripping, suspenseful read." - Karen Hamilton

"What a book! A twisted story with such well-drawn characters. I grabbed every spare minute to finish it." - Jo Jakeman

"Grips to the very last page - a tense, twisted tale in which nothing is quite as it seems." - T M Logan

"Intriguing characters and a storyline that suddenly throws everything in the air, I was completely hooked by this book." - Heidi Perks

"Cleverly written and full of twists and turns." - Jenny Quintana


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