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Title:
Before she was found / Heather Gudenkauf.
ISBN:
9780778307730

9780778308621
Publication Information:
Toronto, ON : Park Row Books, [2019]
Physical Description:
366 pages ; 23 cm
Abstract:
A gripping thriller about three young girlfriends, a dark obsession and a chilling crime that shakes up a quiet Iowa town. For twelve-year-old Cora Landry and her friends Violet and Jordyn, it was supposed to be an ordinary sleepover--movies and Ouija and talking about boys. But when they decide to sneak out to go to the abandoned rail yard on the outskirts of town, little do they know that their innocent games will have dangerous consequences. Later that night, Cora Landry is discovered on the tracks, bloody and clinging to life, her friends nowhere to be found. Soon their small rural town is thrust into a maelstrom. Who would want to hurt a young girl like Cora--and why? In an investigation that leaves no stone unturned, everyone is a suspect and no one can be trusted--not even those closest to Cora. Before She Was Found is a timely and gripping thriller about friendship and betrayal, about the power of social pressure and the price of needing to fit in. It is about the great lengths a parent will go to protect their child and keep them safe--even if that means burying the truth, no matter the cost.
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Summary

A gripping thriller about three young girlfriends, a dark obsession and a chilling crime that shakes up a quiet Iowa town, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence.

For twelve-year-old Cora Landry and her friends Violet and Jordyn, it was supposed to be an ordinary sleepover--movies and Ouija and talking about boys. But when they decide to sneak out to go to the abandoned rail yard on the outskirts of town, little do they know that their innocent games will have dangerous consequences.

Later that night, Cora Landry is discovered on the tracks, bloody and clinging to life, her friends nowhere to be found. Soon their small rural town is thrust into a maelstrom. Who would want to hurt a young girl like Cora--and why? In an investigation that leaves no stone unturned, everyone is a suspect and no one can be trusted--not even those closest to Cora.

Before She Was Found is a timely and gripping thriller about friendship and betrayal, about the power of social pressure and the price of needing to fit in. It is about the great lengths a parent will go to protect their child and keep them safe--even if that means burying the truth, no matter the cost.


Author Notes

Heather Gudenkauf is an Edgar Award nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She lives in Iowa with her husband and children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and running.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This scintillating psychological thriller from bestseller Gudenkauf (Not a Sound) examines the cruelty of children, judgmental adults, and the consequences of pranks. Newcomer Violet Crow and class bully Jordyn Petit are having a sleepover at meek Cora Landry's house. The three 12-year-olds are obsessed with their subject for a class project on urban legends-Joseph Wither, a killer who lived in their town of Pitch, Iowa, decades before. At midnight, they sneak out of Cora's house to meet someone claiming to be Wither in an abandoned rail yard. Cora is later found beaten and barely alive, Violet is in shock and covered in blood, and Jordyn has run back to the house she shares with her grandparents. Each girl's personality, shaped by her home life and the events that led to this violent episode, skillfully unfolds through text messages, journal entries, therapist's notes, and police interrogations. The stunning plot builds to a chillingly realistic ending. Only one girl may be harmed physically, but each is forever scarred. Gudenkauf is at the top of her game. Agent: Marianne Merola, Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

A middle school group project on urban legends leads to a brutal attack that stuns and angers a small Iowa town. For their project, 12-year-olds Cora Landry, Violet Crowe, and Jordyn Petit choose the figure of teenager Joseph Wither, who disappeared from their town decades earlier and reputedly returns to lure away and kill young girls. Cora, the smallest and most sensitive of the trio who's repeatedly rebuffed by popular queen bee-type Jordyn, comes to think Wither is real and enters into an online correspondence with someone she believes to be him. Things come to a head when, after their assignment is finished, the trio leave a sleepover at midnight to go to a former railroad depot where Cora hopes to meet Wither but instead is horribly stabbed. The story is told in multiple voices with police transcripts and emails and texts included as authorities try to identify Cora's assailant. VERDICT With a focus on preteen social pressure and parental protection of their children, this latest from Gudenkauf (The Weight of Silence) again builds suspense in commonplace domestic situations. Complete with a reader's guide, this is a solid bet for book clubs. [See Prepub Alert, 10/22/18.]-Michele Leber, Arlington, VA © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.