About The Girl Who Stayed• Hardcover: 292 pages • Publisher: Story Plant (April 19, 2016) Zoe Rutherford wasn't sure what she was expecting when she returned to Sullivan's Island. The house on Sullivan's hadn't represented home to her in decades. It was the place where she endured her father's cruelty. It was the place where her mother closed herself off from the world. It was the place where her sister disappeared. But now that her parents are gone, Zoe needs to return to the house, to close it down and prepare it for sale. She intends to get this done as quickly as possible and get on with her life, even though that life seems clouded by her past, both distant and recent. But what she discovers when she gets there is far beyond her imagining and will change her in profound ways. The Girl Who Stayed is a remarkable exploration of the soul by a writer with a rare talent for reaching into the hearts of her characters and her readers, a novel of transformation that will leave you moved and breathless. Praise “A beautifully written, page-turning novel packed with emotion.” – #1 New York Times bestselling author Barbara Freethy “The Girl Who Stayed is a deeply moving story. I am fascinated by the concept and by Tanya Crosby's stunning storytelling.” - Stella Cameron, New York Times
This book was intense! It dealt with some pretty heavy themes and situations, so if you're expecting a light and easy read, this is not the one! That being said, this was an excellent book! What stood out to me the most was the beautiful, eloquent writing. I'll admit there were times when I didn't feel as invested in the story, but the writing was so eloquent I couldn't stop reading it. Because of this, I read 2/3 of the book in a 24 hour period.
I did have a bit of a tough time relating to Zoe, in the beginning of the book, but after sticking with it and getting a third of the way through the book, I was hooked. I love how well Crosby structured the book--the storytelling was amazing. There were several flash backs that were woven perfectly into the story and didn't feel awkward. The ending surprised me and made the book memorable for me. If you enjoy suspenseful novels with a lot of depth, this is the book for you!
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