Book Review: Missing Her by J.L. Willow (ARC)

Missing Her

Author: J. L. Willow

Publication Date: 08 May 2019

Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 192

Publisher: Nebula Press

Vanessa Stockton and her best friend Eliza are inseparable. They’re living the best years of their lives, enjoying high school, boyfriends and planning for their futures. All that changes, though, when Eliza goes out to a party and never makes it home. Months pass without a break in the case, until one day Vanessa wakes up . . . in Eliza’s mind. Even more disturbing, she discovers she’s woken up two days before Eliza goes missing. Vanessa has no choice but to relive her best friend’s memories leading up to the disappearance and discover the truth about what happened before time runs out. But is the past set in stone? Or can Vanessa save her friend from an unspeakable fate?

In the prologue, we are thrown into a very chaotic scene where a distraught mother is trying to flee the authorities with her four children in tow. She engages her children in a game of ‘duck’ (without their seat belts) while she’s driving at high speeds. Everything comes to a halt when she loses control of the car and crashes.

The story opens with Vanessa Stockton hanging up missing person fliers of her best friend Eliza, who disappeared without a trace five months prior. It seems like everyone in town has moved on with their lives, but Vanessa doesn’t know where to even begin without her best friend at her side. Vanessa is dealt the ultimate blow when Eliza’s parents tell her that she should no longer have an active role in finding Eliza and that she should focus on graduating high school and getting into college.

Just when Vanessa thinks that her life can’t get any worse, the next day she wakes up in Eliza’s room…as Eliza. At first, Vanessa thinks that she’s controlling Eliza, but instead, she realizes that she’s just occupying part of her consciousness alongside Eliza (that sounds super confusing but it totally makes sense when you’re reading it). Vanessa realizes that she can finally understand what happened to Eliza, and hopefully, try to prevent her kidnapping.

I don’t want to give away much more of the plot because at just under 200 pages, this story FLIES by. What I loved most about reading this one is that there are so many twists and turns packed into so few pages. That being said, I never felt that there was a lack of character or plot development. Overall, if you’re looking for a page-turning mystery/thriller that gives you guessing up until the very end, you don’t want to miss out on this story!

Thank you to the author for gifting me an ARC of this book. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

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