Grace is Gone
Meg and her daughter Grace are the most beloved family in Ashford, the lynchpin that holds the town together. So when Meg is found brutally murdered and her daughter missing, the community is rocked by the tragedy. Her daughter, Grace, has been sick for years and all Meg has ever done is look after her. Now Meg is dead, Grace is gone - and fears are growing for her life.Who would kidnap a sick teenager? Who would murder a mother who sacrificed everything? As the community come to terms with what's happened, an unlikely pair start searching for answers: Jon, the most hated journalist in Ashford and Cara, the young woman who found Meg's body. But once they start digging into the past, they will soon realise there's no going back.

Grace is Gone Details

TitleGrace is Gone
Author
ReleaseJan 24th, 2019
PublisherSphere
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense, Mystery Thriller

Grace is Gone Review

  • Kaceey
    January 1, 1970
    3.75*Grace has been quite ill most of her life. Heart problems…seizures, among countless other ailments. Her dear mother Meg has been raising Grace on her own. Over the years they’ve become the darlings of their community and blessed with all the support that comes with it! In return, they have gratefully given back equally to the towns people.So when Meg is found brutally murdered and Grace is nowhere to be found, everyone comes together to find Grace and get some justice for poor Meg!A solid 3.75*Grace has been quite ill most of her life. Heart problems…seizures, among countless other ailments. Her dear mother Meg has been raising Grace on her own. Over the years they’ve become the darlings of their community and blessed with all the support that comes with it! In return, they have gratefully given back equally to the towns people.So when Meg is found brutally murdered and Grace is nowhere to be found, everyone comes together to find Grace and get some justice for poor Meg!A solid mystery, this was my first by Emily Elgar and I was all in, engaged throughout! The pace moved the story-line along at the perfect speed.But...I wanted some surprises! I had most of the story-line figured out early on.I also learned this book was based on an actual event. Hmmmm... Now that I’ve finished the book I’ll be heading over to Google the real story!Overall it was an enjoyable read that I would recommend, and I’ll be reading more from this author in the future.Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for an ARC to read and review.
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  • Patricia
    January 1, 1970
    GRACE IS GONE is a novel concerning Meg and her daughter Grace. Meg is the caregiver for Grace who is severely disabled. Meg and Grace are beloved by their town. When Meg is murdered in a horrendous manner, and Grace is kidnapped, a journalist and a female neighbor begin to search for Grace which leads to many questions. The end result is rather horrifying and left me with some deep thinking. This is a very readable book, and I highly recommend it.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    Grace Is Gone is inspired by a true story - what the? This is a sick and shocking story and to think that this actually did happen is terrifying. Exploring some deep themes, this was a quick, page turner of a book that I couldn't wait to see how it was going to end.Meg and her daughter Grace are well loved and known in the community. So who would murder Meg? Next door neighbour and Grace's friend Cara finds Meg, brutally murdered - and Grace is nowhere to be seen. Grace is very ill and in a Grace Is Gone is inspired by a true story - what the? This is a sick and shocking story and to think that this actually did happen is terrifying. Exploring some deep themes, this was a quick, page turner of a book that I couldn't wait to see how it was going to end.Meg and her daughter Grace are well loved and known in the community. So who would murder Meg? Next door neighbour and Grace's friend Cara finds Meg, brutally murdered - and Grace is nowhere to be seen. Grace is very ill and in a wheelchair, and without her medications she could die in days. But where is she? Who has taken her and why? The community work together to try to find the teenager. Cara teams up with Jon, a journalist to dig into Meg and Graces lives to find the clues to what has happened. The fin al few chapters are nuts! And it was great.Thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.
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  • ABookwormWithWine
    January 1, 1970
    / 5Grace Is Gone by Emily Elgar is inspired by a true story that I immediately recognized (I will try not to give it away in my review), and I really enjoyed Elgar's take on it right down to the last crazy chapter.I loved Elgar's writing style, and I thought Grace Is Gone flowed really well. At times it was downright chilling, and towards the end I actually started to HAVE chills down my back. Even though I know the story it was based on well, I wasn't expecting some things that happened in ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5Grace Is Gone by Emily Elgar is inspired by a true story that I immediately recognized (I will try not to give it away in my review), and I really enjoyed Elgar's take on it right down to the last crazy chapter.I loved Elgar's writing style, and I thought Grace Is Gone flowed really well. At times it was downright chilling, and towards the end I actually started to HAVE chills down my back. Even though I know the story it was based on well, I wasn't expecting some things that happened in this book. I am so glad the author changed it enough that it made the book both even creepier and more interesting, and not like I was reading an exact replica of the story it is based on.This was my first read by Elgar and I know I am going to want to read everything she writes now. Grace Is Gone is only her second novel, but from the way it reads it could have been her 10th. I loved the way the story of Grace is brought to life, and I really enjoyed the 2 viewpoints plus diary entries. As more and more start to be revealed it kept up the suspense for me, and I liked getting to know the different characters.Song/s the book brought to mind: Eyes on Me by Desi ValentineFinal Thought: I found myself not wanting to put Grace Is Gone down, and I would consider it quite the page turner. I think a lot of people will be able to read this in one sitting, and I definitely would have if I'd had the time. This book touches on mental disorders in a way that at times almost had me tearing up, and I think this is an excellently written novel that deserves to be read.
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  • TL
    January 1, 1970
    I won this via goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.---Great characters, good story. I liked Jon more than Cara but both POVs kept my attention and it wasn't jarring or boring going back and forth throughout. I figured out one of the plot elements and was reminded early on if another case I saw on DatelineOnID (I think) some time ago. *I won't spoil it for you but the author mentions it after the story is done* A couple things I didn't expect and while I won this via goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.---Great characters, good story. I liked Jon more than Cara but both POVs kept my attention and it wasn't jarring or boring going back and forth throughout. I figured out one of the plot elements and was reminded early on if another case I saw on DatelineOnID (I think) some time ago. *I won't spoil it for you but the author mentions it after the story is done* A couple things I didn't expect and while not completely knew, was done very well. (view spoiler)[The part at the end with Meg's murder from Grace's point of view was very creepy. (hide spoiler)]Not much to say here, not because I didn't like it but that was just it for me. *shrugs* I'll probably think of it on and off down the road and recommend it to others for a rainy/sick day read.This is one I won't be reading again but I did enjoy the journey. This would work well as a film in my opinion.
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  • Tracy Fenton
    January 1, 1970
    WOW, OMG and WTAF are the 3 main thoughts I had whilst reading Grace is Gone and the day after I finished the book my feelings haven’t changed that much except I realise that YOU will expect a little more detail from me in my review so bear with me.. I might start rambling:Grace is Gone is inspired by a shocking true story, however I didn’t know that when I started reading it, so I went in “oblivious” to what the story is based on and started reading without a clue what was to come.Grace is a 17 WOW, OMG and WTAF are the 3 main thoughts I had whilst reading Grace is Gone and the day after I finished the book my feelings haven’t changed that much except I realise that YOU will expect a little more detail from me in my review so bear with me.. I might start rambling:Grace is Gone is inspired by a shocking true story, however I didn’t know that when I started reading it, so I went in “oblivious” to what the story is based on and started reading without a clue what was to come.Grace is a 17 year old wheelchair bound, seriously ill young lady who is cared for by her devoted single mother Megan. They are both adored and respected in the small community they live in. With an absent and violent father and a tragic past Grace and Meg are protected and supported by their neighbours, so when Cara, their next door neighbour discovers Meg’s battered body and Grace’s empty wheelchair the town is left in turmoil and the race to find Grace begins.This story has several narrators which I personally LOVE, because the story starts to unfold layer by layer. We find out more about Meg and Grace through a disgraced and ostracised journalist Jon, who published an article on the family and was publicly shunned and issued with a restraining order against the family. Jon is now estranged from his beloved wife and son and becomes obsessed with finding out where Grace has gone.Cara, the young neighbour and one of Grace’s only friends is still in shock after discovering Meg’s murder and becomes focused on discovering the truth about the family even if it means her own life is in danger.With Grace’s diary to help Cara and Jon dig deeper into the murder and missing teenager, Grace is Gone tells a sad and disturbingly dark tale of mental illness. I will admit that because I wasn’t aware it was based on a true event I thought I was extremely clever to “work out the twist” almost immediately, however this didn’t spoil my enjoyment of this addictive and brilliantly written story.
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  • Ludwig
    January 1, 1970
    17-year-old Grace went missing. The same day her mother was murdered. What the heck happened? This was a very interesting look into a real-life story about a mental disorder. I was drawn to so many aspects that made the story stand out, especially Grace’s character. Oh, what a character. And then I got to the reveal 70% in, and I couldn’t stop turning the pages until I found out what happened the night of the murder in the crazy final chapter.The story’s told from the perspectives of Grace and 17-year-old Grace went missing. The same day her mother was murdered. What the heck happened? This was a very interesting look into a real-life story about a mental disorder. I was drawn to so many aspects that made the story stand out, especially Grace’s character. Oh, what a character. And then I got to the reveal 70% in, and I couldn’t stop turning the pages until I found out what happened the night of the murder in the crazy final chapter.The story’s told from the perspectives of Grace and the characters that are endeavoring to find her - Her next-door neighbor/friend Cara and Jon, a journalist. So much tragedy and evil in this book. Engaging, well-plotted and deserves a read!Full reviews on:Instagram: @ludwigreadsThe blog: Ludwig’s Thrillers
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    Grace is Gone is a beautifully written page turner and if you know nothing of the case it is based on you will devour it- it's a twisty plot that is hugely compelling.For me though the issue came with the fact that I am highly aware of the Gypsy Rose Blanchard case, a fascinating real life incident so for me ultimately Grace is Gone held no surprises- although I continued to the end because I was enjoying the writing and there were minor adjustments to the reality to be fair but nothing major Grace is Gone is a beautifully written page turner and if you know nothing of the case it is based on you will devour it- it's a twisty plot that is hugely compelling. For me though the issue came with the fact that I am highly aware of the Gypsy Rose Blanchard case, a fascinating real life incident so for me ultimately Grace is Gone held no surprises- although I continued to the end because I was enjoying the writing and there were minor adjustments to the reality to be fair but nothing major enough to add anything new.Overall this is a great book for anyone unaware of the outcome in Gypsy's case and you'll want to look it up at the end. Don't look it up before though or this will go from an utterly riveting story and become, like it was for me, a generally interesting look at the various nuances.Absolutely recommended though just with the above in mind.I'll look forward to more from Emily Elgar.
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  • NILTON TEIXEIRA
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 rounded to 3 stars.Spoiler alert: I confess that I have never heard of Dee Dee Blanchard and Gypsy Rose. I had no idea this book was inspired on real facts. I can’t hardly imagine that kind of abuse.Anyways, this book is not bad, just a bit uninteresting and slow. The writing is a bit repetitive. The story is so unbelievable but, the way it was developed here, did not cause any impact. And that’s exactly what I missed here. There are some good moments.The best parts are the young girl’s 2.5 rounded to 3 stars.Spoiler alert: I confess that I have never heard of Dee Dee Blanchard and Gypsy Rose. I had no idea this book was inspired on real facts. I can’t hardly imagine that kind of abuse.Anyways, this book is not bad, just a bit uninteresting and slow. The writing is a bit repetitive. The story is so unbelievable but, the way it was developed here, did not cause any impact. And that’s exactly what I missed here. There are some good moments.The best parts are the young girl’s diary, which shows great connection with some of the characters but gives away girl her state of mind. But what is real and what is fake? While reading the diary is easy to realize that there is something wrong somewhere.This is a fast read but unfortunately did not impressed me.
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Harper for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewI talked about this book in my latest booktube video!| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | Reddit | LinkedIn | YouTube |
  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    On the day that Cara discovers her neighbour Meg's dead body, her severely disabled daughter, Grace, also disappears. As Cara, her mother and many volunteers begin looking for Grace, there is a feeling of hopelessness about finding her. She has been without her medication for days. Her father, Simon, is the natural suspect, but as Cara and Jon, a washed up journalist, begin digging, surprises come to light.The story was told in three POVs. Cara, Jon and Grace through her diary that Cara has On the day that Cara discovers her neighbour Meg's dead body, her severely disabled daughter, Grace, also disappears. As Cara, her mother and many volunteers begin looking for Grace, there is a feeling of hopelessness about finding her. She has been without her medication for days. Her father, Simon, is the natural suspect, but as Cara and Jon, a washed up journalist, begin digging, surprises come to light.The story was told in three POVs. Cara, Jon and Grace through her diary that Cara has found. Jon had a situation involving Meg and Grace a couple of years earlier that makes his involvement a bit tricky. Cara just wants to find out what happened to Grace. There is some guilt that she was not a good enough friend and that and the diary have spurred her on. Jon is dealing with the break up of his marriage and lack of work, so this case might be the thing that changes his life. They make a very unlikely duo and do not always keep the other apprised of what they are doing. As clues are dropped along the way, I thought I knew what was going on and I was correct, but not positive until about 75% into the story. You need to read this story to find out about the major twists in this story. After you read it, check out this entry on wikipedia,  The Murder of DeeDee Blanchard.  I did not know this was based on a true story until I finished it, then I read about the read story. Although Emily Elgar made changes to the story, it is still easily recognizable.I listened to the audiobook of this story narrated by Kate Rawson. She did a fine job of reading the story with some expression and intonation, but I was disappointed that there was only one narrator. Being as a large amount of this book was a male journalist, it would have been amazing to have had a male narrator as well. I had to keep looking to see who was narrating each chapter as the voice was identical. This is not a criticism of the narrator, just a missed opportunity for the publisher.
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  • Denise Reed
    January 1, 1970
    This was the second Emily Elgar book I have read in the past few weeks, and just as with "If You Knew Her," I thought this book had a great premise, great characters, and lots of twists and turns that I thoroughly enjoyed. The book is set in a small London suburb, and everyone in town knows Meg Nichols and her severely ill teenage daughter, Grace. Meg has been the perfect mother - caring for Grace for years, and Grace is her best friend. When Meg is found brutally bludgeoned in her bed, and her This was the second Emily Elgar book I have read in the past few weeks, and just as with "If You Knew Her," I thought this book had a great premise, great characters, and lots of twists and turns that I thoroughly enjoyed. The book is set in a small London suburb, and everyone in town knows Meg Nichols and her severely ill teenage daughter, Grace. Meg has been the perfect mother - caring for Grace for years, and Grace is her best friend. When Meg is found brutally bludgeoned in her bed, and her daughter missing, the community is in shock. Everyone also knows that Meg lived in terror of her abusive, unstable ex, and she was always convinced that he would return to try and kidnap Grace, as he had attempted to do in the past.Enter Cara - the Nichols' neighbor and friend of Grace, who has the unfortunate experience of finding Meg murdered in her bed, and Jon Katrin, a local journalist, who knows he should avoid getting drawn back into this story, as he had previously written an article about Meg and Grace that caused his marriage to fall apart and turned the town against him. The two, both guilt-ridden about their previous actions in relation to Grace and Meg, become unexpected allies and begin their own search for Grace. Jon and Cara uncover anomaly after anomaly that only leads to more and more questions instead of answers, and in the end, the truth about Grace reveals a tragedy with numerous, unimaginable twists.The book is told through Cara and Jon's viewpoint, as well as through Grace's diary entries. I have to say that I enjoyed Jon's POV the most (I found Cara's own mommy issues a bit over done), but they all held my interest. Not to be Miss I-Knew-That-Was-Coming, but I did figure out much of the plot well before the end of the book. Oddly enough, though, it didn't damper my enthusiasm for the book or take away from the overall experience. Perhaps that is due to the fact that it is based on actual events, which is honestly quite horrifying. Overall, an addictive page-turner that I highly recommend. After two solid books in a row, I can definitively say that I'm a fan of Emily Elgar! 4 stars.
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 rounded upI wasn't familiar with the ripped from the headlines story this book was based on before reading Grace is Gone (don't read about it until after otherwise it may ruin this book for you), but I guessed the main plot twist early on in the book. Even though I had suspicions, it didn't take away from my enjoyment while reading. The characters were well developed and the plot was intriguing, so I found this to be an easy read to immerse myself in.Grace is Gone is told in alternating 3.75 rounded upI wasn't familiar with the ripped from the headlines story this book was based on before reading Grace is Gone (don't read about it until after otherwise it may ruin this book for you), but I guessed the main plot twist early on in the book. Even though I had suspicions, it didn't take away from my enjoyment while reading. The characters were well developed and the plot was intriguing, so I found this to be an easy read to immerse myself in.Grace is Gone is told in alternating POVs as well as diary entries from Grace. I love books told in multiple points of view and Jon was a standout for me. His character just clicked with me and was a major reason that I enjoyed this book so much. Both Jon and Cara were so riddled with guilt over what happened to Grace that they couldn't stop digging until the truth came out. While the truth was a bit shocking and I was devastated for those who had their lives ruined, everything fell together so well at the end. The final chapters and epilogue will leave you thinking about this story long after you've finished. I could keep talking about this one, but I don't want to give anything away so I'll just part with recommending this one to all the thriller and mystery readers out there.Thank you HarperCollins for my gifted copy in exchange for an honest review. A positive review was not required.
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  • Alexandra WhimsyPages
    January 1, 1970
    Reading «Grace is Gone» reminded me of two very distinct things: - why thrillers and mysteries used to be my favorite genres, and also - why I stopped reading them. «Grace is Gone» combines some of the best traits of mysteries and thrillers - from an action-packed page-turner to gripping writing style, I never noticed myself flipping the pages (or, in this case, tapping on my Kindle), and from the first sentence I got transported into the story. It was very difficult to put the book down when Reading «Grace is Gone» reminded me of two very distinct things: - why thrillers and mysteries used to be my favorite genres, and also - why I stopped reading them. «Grace is Gone» combines some of the best traits of mysteries and thrillers - from an action-packed page-turner to gripping writing style, I never noticed myself flipping the pages (or, in this case, tapping on my Kindle), and from the first sentence I got transported into the story. It was very difficult to put the book down when I needed to sleep, and my thoughts kept returning to this story over and over again. Writing thrillers is not an easy task. Besides all the little hints spread through the story that usually neatly tie in a pretty bow by the end of the book, the author needs to be careful to not only “tell”, but also “show” the events to readers. And Emily Elgar’s writing did just that. I loved how simple and efficient her writing is. How she doesn’t waste a single word, and every sentence conveys some part of the picture. Whether she was talking about dripping blood or “favorite daisy-printed sheets”, her writing always felt purposeful. Despite all its positive qualities, «Grace is Gone» lacked one important trait - unexpected twists. The hints were there for us to see, but it wasn’t just the hints that made me suspect how it was going to end. From the beginning, I saw these familiar elements that I’ve already seen in other books. If you’re new to Thriller and Mystery genre this will be a perfect starting point for you. Captivating and very emotional, «Grace is Gone» combines family relationships and small-town setting with interesting, and at points dangerous, investigation.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    Grace is Gone is a beautifully written page turner and if you know nothing of the case it is based on you will devour it- it's a twisty plot that is hugely compelling. For me though the issue came with the fact that I am highly aware of the Gypsy Rose Blanchard case, a fascinating real life incident so for me ultimately Grace is Gone held no surprises- although I continued to the end because I was enjoying the writing and there were minor adjustments to the reality to be fair but nothing major Grace is Gone is a beautifully written page turner and if you know nothing of the case it is based on you will devour it- it's a twisty plot that is hugely compelling. For me though the issue came with the fact that I am highly aware of the Gypsy Rose Blanchard case, a fascinating real life incident so for me ultimately Grace is Gone held no surprises- although I continued to the end because I was enjoying the writing and there were minor adjustments to the reality to be fair but nothing major enough to add anything new.Overall this is a great book for anyone unaware of the outcome in Gypsy's case and you'll want to look it up at the end. Don't look it up before though or this will go from an utterly riveting story and become, like it was for me, a generally interesting look at the various nuances.Absolutely recommended though just with the above in mind.I'll look forward to more from Emily Elgar.
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  • Diana Iozzia (Bookworm Banter)
    January 1, 1970
    "Grace is Gone"Written by Emily ElgarReviewed by Diana IozziaAs impressed by Emily Elgar's first novel, "If You Knew Her", I felt extremely excited to read her next, "Grace is Gone". Unfortunately, my interest fell apart very quickly, once I had realized that this story was inspired by the Gypsy Rose Blanchard murder case. If you are not familiar with the case, teenage Gypsy killed her mother, after realizing that her mother had been drugging her and making her believe that she was sick with "Grace is Gone"Written by Emily ElgarReviewed by Diana IozziaAs impressed by Emily Elgar's first novel, "If You Knew Her", I felt extremely excited to read her next, "Grace is Gone". Unfortunately, my interest fell apart very quickly, once I had realized that this story was inspired by the Gypsy Rose Blanchard murder case. If you are not familiar with the case, teenage Gypsy killed her mother, after realizing that her mother had been drugging her and making her believe that she was sick with many life-threatening ailments, as a result of Munchausen's By Proxy syndrome. Factitious disorders, such as Munchausen's, cause the parent to injure either themselves or their child for a number of reasons, by feeding them unhealthily or providing unnecessary medication. In the past two years, victims of factitious disorders have been manipulated into telling their stories for films, books, and television shows. Many authors have capitalized and unkindly used others' stories to make their own, which is a completely unfair way to write a book. When we give attention to stories like this, it can cause a ripple effect, allowing sick individuals to take these elements and copycat them into their own lives. For example, there is a highly saturated book market for characters either creating or surviving school shootings, which provides detailed fictional or nonfictional accounts for mentally disturbed individuals to admire. When a writer chooses to write a story based on a crime, they are making money off someone else's tragedy. Writing a book with detail, dialogue, and interesting characters is no easy feat, but if it mainly profits off a tragedy, I believe it to be wrong, placing a major sour taste in my mouth. I feel very ashamed by the book market of publishing houses who allow stories like this to still be written. Although making money is a large concern for publishing houses, I still believe that they too have a responsibility for the content they publish, if it can be harmful to readers or to those the story was inspired by. Not consulting the family from which this story was ripped can be ethically grey.I personally found this book to be very disinteresting, for more reasons than the Blanchard family's tragedy. The story is told in two different perspectives, from a neighbor who lived near Grace, the afflicted girl, and her family, and from a news reporter who has morally wronged the family before by butting into their lives and even receiving a restraining order. These characters are hardly helpful, constantly fighting, and hardly investigating anything.Telling the story through the eyes of characters scarcely involved in the disappearance further perpetuates that the author wants to be tasteful, but she eventually creates a very tasteless novel. Manipulating a true crime story to profit from is completely unethical, and I was very disappointed in the decisions made by this author. Providing many similar details to the true case does not prove that this author wanted to tell the tale of Gypsy, but she wanted to make the story her own, which it is not.In conclusion, I had once been a fan of stories ripped from the headlines. However, maturity (and living more in the real world) allowed me to realize that we should not benefit from misfortunes of others, especially without permission. I used to be a massive fan of shows like "Law and Order". I would have wished this author took the idea of a factitious disorder into her own hands, creating new characters, rather than creating a Frankenstein story, profiting off victims. I hope there is a lesson to learn here. I do not recommend this novel, and I am not so sure I now recommend this author.I received an advance review edition from the publisher in exchange for reading and reviewing purposes.
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  • Genevieve Trono
    January 1, 1970
    Grace is Gone is a plot-driven mystery and suspense novel inspired by real-life events pulled straight from the news headlines. If you are a true crime fanatic, there might not be a lot of surprises for you with this one, but otherwise, this is a page-turner that dives into not only a crime but also a mental disorder.Although there wasn't a lot of intrigue for me because I was previously familiar with this case, I enjoyed Elgar's writing style immensely and the characters were well developed Grace is Gone is a plot-driven mystery and suspense novel inspired by real-life events pulled straight from the news headlines. If you are a true crime fanatic, there might not be a lot of surprises for you with this one, but otherwise, this is a page-turner that dives into not only a crime but also a mental disorder.Although there wasn't a lot of intrigue for me because I was previously familiar with this case, I enjoyed Elgar's writing style immensely and the characters were well developed which I always appreciate in this genre of writing. Her writing was simple yet incredibly purposeful. I love the balance of suspense, family dynamics and life in a small town and is a great reminder of the question, who can you really trust? Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Morgan Schulman
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss for providing me with an advanced readers copy. This book was a real hoot. I don’t want to spoil but it is based on a fairly well-known real life story put through the British psychological thriller formula, and it is quite a bumpy ride. If you’re familiar with the story, you will figure out much of it before the twist, however there was a lot of joy discovering along the way All the ways the author subverts and flushes out the banality of real life. I was sad when it was Thank you to Edelweiss for providing me with an advanced readers copy. This book was a real hoot. I don’t want to spoil but it is based on a fairly well-known real life story put through the British psychological thriller formula, and it is quite a bumpy ride. If you’re familiar with the story, you will figure out much of it before the twist, however there was a lot of joy discovering along the way All the ways the author subverts and flushes out the banality of real life. I was sad when it was over – this was one of the more readable thrillers over experienced this year
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  • Alyssia Cooke
    January 1, 1970
    This is a well plotted thriller filled with twists and turns to keep you guessing. When Cara begrudgingly agrees to go around to her old friends house to drop some clothes off, she doesn't expect to walk in on a scene that will haunt her nightmares. A low ominous buzzing pulls her toward the bedrooms after finding Grace's wheelchair askew, but even then she can't expect the brutal murder she walks in on. With Meg dead and her severely disabled, wheelchair bound daughter missing, the hunt is on. This is a well plotted thriller filled with twists and turns to keep you guessing. When Cara begrudgingly agrees to go around to her old friends house to drop some clothes off, she doesn't expect to walk in on a scene that will haunt her nightmares. A low ominous buzzing pulls her toward the bedrooms after finding Grace's wheelchair askew, but even then she can't expect the brutal murder she walks in on. With Meg dead and her severely disabled, wheelchair bound daughter missing, the hunt is on. It is not known how long Grace will survive without her vital medications, but it adds a time constraint that the police cannot avoid.You get the story from the perspective of Cara who found the body and Jon, a reporter who lost his career over an article he wrote about Meg and Grace six months previously, and is now struggling to keep his marriage together. Both of them are fighting with the guilt they feel over how they have previously treated Grace or Meg; Cara from how she abandoned the younger girl to spend so much time with her boyfriend, Jon for his behaviour following the article. Both characters have their own reasons for wanting to find and help Grace and as they begin to work together, the missing links start to unravel before them. I admit, I guess what was going on quite a way before the big reveal but it touches on psychological issues that I have been interested in since I was a teenager and so have quite a breadth of knowledge to begin with. This is obviously helpful in terms of putting together the pieces.Even knowing what was going on though, I still really enjoyed the rest of the novel. Elgar writes clearly and you can't help but engage with the narrative and with the characters. In fact, the reason for my knocking a star off has nothing to do with the fact that I figured out what was going on. Instead, it is more down to how two dimensional many of the background characters are. There could have been significantly more depth to several of these and this would have added an additional layer of complexity to the novel and potentially increased the suspect pool. Instead, whilst there is a wide range of individuals, the only real suspect thrown out for consideration is the father. This does make the narrative rather linear and there could have been significantly more depth here.Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable and fast paced read that kept me on the edge of my seat. I was invested in knowing what happened with Grace and interested even when I had a good idea what the big reveal was going to be.Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my free ARC copy of this title.
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  •  Bookoholiccafe
    January 1, 1970
    this book is inspired by a stunning true story. As a young girl, Grace who is seventeen years old has several health issues and is completely dependent of her mother Megan and her wheelchair. These two women are adored by people of their community. Megan has long suffered abuse by her husband and has lost her first child. One day Meg took Grace with her to start a new life and with this history they are protected and strongly supported by their neighbors and members of their community. This due this book is inspired by a stunning true story. As a young girl, Grace who is seventeen years old has several health issues and is completely dependent of her mother Megan and her wheelchair. These two women are adored by people of their community. Megan has long suffered abuse by her husband and has lost her first child. One day Meg took Grace with her to start a new life and with this history they are protected and strongly supported by their neighbors and members of their community. This due has a bitter and heartbreaking truth behind it that is being discovered a journalist called Jon. These investigations and discoveries all happen when Cara, Meg’s next-door neighbor walks into their house and finds Megs battered to death and Grace’s wheelchair empty in the house with Grace nowhere to find. And now Cara is focused on discovering the truth about this murder and is doing all she can to find Grace.Grace has a diary left behind that is a great help to both Jon and Cara to dig deeper into this murder. this is a very sad and heartbreaking story and knowing that this is based on a true story made me more emotional reading this book. There is an altering narration between chapters that I really enjoyed. Since I was highly aware of Gypsy Rose Blanchard case, I found the story very predictable and the book didn’t hold any surprises thus there was no twist and turns.If you enjoy reading books based on a true story you will for sure enjoy this read.Many thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers for the ARC.You can see the full review on my blog: Bookoholiccafe-BlogInstagram:@Bookoholiccafe
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  • Thebooktrail
    January 1, 1970
    This is a gripping read. I've just read The Recovery of Rose Gold and this is similar as it's about the true life story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard. I did find this more compelling and urgent in its telling however. It felt very urgent, worrying, traumatic and urgent. Don't read either Rose Gold or the true life story before reading this as the devil is in the detail and the reveals. There's plenty of mind- bending twists along the way too.A woman who looked after her disabled daughter is found This is a gripping read. I've just read The Recovery of Rose Gold and this is similar as it's about the true life story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard. I did find this more compelling and urgent in its telling however. It felt very urgent, worrying, traumatic and urgent. Don't read either Rose Gold or the true life story before reading this as the devil is in the detail and the reveals. There's plenty of mind- bending twists along the way too.A woman who looked after her disabled daughter is found murdered and the daughter who is in a wheelchair and dependent on meds is gone. Who on earth could have done this and why?Nothing in the range of locations as the town here is fictional and the real story happened in the USA. As far as premises go, you would think this was unbelievable if fiction, but the fact it's based on a true life case really is something else. Who can you trust these days?
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  • Thais • tata.lifepages •
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely a page turner, read this book in 2 days during studying breaks! The book's narrative is fast and full of action that excites the reader from beginning to end. The plot is full of a "sense of community", where it gives you all these emotions about how close the community is and how they care for each other, intertuined with a suspensfull thriller that gets you anticipating for the crime solution. Grace comes as a sweet teenager that unravels a dark secret... It was one of the few books Definitely a page turner, read this book in 2 days during studying breaks! The book's narrative is fast and full of action that excites the reader from beginning to end. The plot is full of a "sense of community", where it gives you all these emotions about how close the community is and how they care for each other, intertuined with a suspensfull thriller that gets you anticipating for the crime solution. Grace comes as a sweet teenager that unravels a dark secret... It was one of the few books that I could not predict what would happen, for me it was an expertly written suspense!! Will be looking out for future releases from the author!
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  • Sue Frances
    January 1, 1970
    A chilling read based loosely on a true story. I knew nothing of this event so came to Grace is Gone with no prior knowledge. I have to say I nearly gave up reading a few times, basically because I absolutely hated the characters. I couldn't take to any of them. I'm glad I continued though as the book really got better towards the end.Thanks to NetGalley for my copy.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    ********Spoiler Alert ******Stopped reading halfway through, when I turned to the end of the book and read the epilogue what I'd been thinking was true. This book is based on the story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, I had the feeling while reading it. Why not come out and tell people if I wanted to read that story I would have done so. Aggravated with the time I spent reading this book.
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  • Danelle The Librarian
    January 1, 1970
    Read this book. You will fly through it wanting to know all the secrets and where Grace has gotten to. I was able to figure out parts of the story earlier than I probably would have ONLY because I had read a similar story a year or two ago. Emily Elgar creates memorable characters and situations.- Jon, the journalist who has ruined his career over his obsession with this family, Meg, the long suffering mother who takes care of Grace, Grace the long suffering but brave and sick teenager, and the Read this book. You will fly through it wanting to know all the secrets and where Grace has gotten to. I was able to figure out parts of the story earlier than I probably would have ONLY because I had read a similar story a year or two ago. Emily Elgar creates memorable characters and situations.- Jon, the journalist who has ruined his career over his obsession with this family, Meg, the long suffering mother who takes care of Grace, Grace the long suffering but brave and sick teenager, and the neighbors, Cara and her mother. Meg has been brutally killed in her own home, and someone has taken Grace- the very sick teen who is disabled. Is it her estranged father? Some local sicko? Who would kill a gracious and loving mother in such brutal fashion? Who would kidnap a sick teen? Read it to find out. I think this makes for a great book club read too. Lots of juicy items to discuss.
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  • Sharon Mensing
    January 1, 1970
    Grace Nichols, suffering from a panoply of illnesses, and her mother, Meg, are the beloved center of their small town. Meg has put her own life on hold as she’s cared for her sick daughter into her teenage years…until the night when Meg is murdered and Grace disappears. A down-on-his-luck journalist with a history with the family, Jon, and Grace’s only friend, Cara, awkwardly join forces to search for Grace, and they serve as narrators of separate chapters, interspersed with Grace’s diary Grace Nichols, suffering from a panoply of illnesses, and her mother, Meg, are the beloved center of their small town. Meg has put her own life on hold as she’s cared for her sick daughter into her teenage years…until the night when Meg is murdered and Grace disappears. A down-on-his-luck journalist with a history with the family, Jon, and Grace’s only friend, Cara, awkwardly join forces to search for Grace, and they serve as narrators of separate chapters, interspersed with Grace’s diary entries. What Jon and Cara find after placing themselves in significant peril is not what they expected. The underlying question of the book is whether murder can ever be justified and, in spite of the author’s attempt to deal with the question in a balanced manner, this book answers the question unequivocally as it uncovers hidden secrets. Damaged characters abound, and the difficulty inherent in trying to uncover the truth about revered community members causes its own damage.
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  • Rebecca Rowlands
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up this book because it's based on the story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and I am glad I did.While it's weird reading a story based on facts you know already, Emily Elgar absolutely nailed making this into a thriller that has some twists and turns that the real life version doesn't. This fiction version isn't just the story of the ill daughter and the overbearing mum though, we have other characters involved, a complicated but well written so easy to follow storyline and my favourite I picked up this book because it's based on the story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and I am glad I did.While it's weird reading a story based on facts you know already, Emily Elgar absolutely nailed making this into a thriller that has some twists and turns that the real life version doesn't. This fiction version isn't just the story of the ill daughter and the overbearing mum though, we have other characters involved, a complicated but well written so easy to follow storyline and my favourite 'OHHHHHH of course how did I miss that?!' moment. This book kept me engaged from start to finish and after reading this, I'll definitely be looking up the author and seeking out more of their work. 5/5.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    I've ummed and ahhed and gone backwards and forwards over my thoughts while writing this review. This is a book that has left me a little conflicted but not because it's not a good book. Let's get that out of the way right now because if you are here looking for a bad rating, you aren't going to find it. This is more of a cautionary note to the curious. The problem I have is that I know the case that this book was based upon and that did change my experience of the book. If I could say anything, I've ummed and ahhed and gone backwards and forwards over my thoughts while writing this review. This is a book that has left me a little conflicted but not because it's not a good book. Let's get that out of the way right now because if you are here looking for a bad rating, you aren't going to find it. This is more of a cautionary note to the curious. The problem I have is that I know the case that this book was based upon and that did change my experience of the book. If I could say anything, anything at all about this it would be that unless you already know the ins and outs, don't go looking up the case until after you have read the book. It takes some of the mystery out of the read.That out of the way, back to the real reason we are here - the book. This is a twisty and intriguing story of murder and missing persons, Grace is a heavily disabled young woman with a myriad of limiting health conditions. She lives with her mother, Meg, in a close knit community in Cornwall. We join the pair at what is really towards the end of their story, with Meg murdered and Grace missing, but in spite of this, the tale is far from over. Through a mixture of investigation and recapping via diary entries, we learn more about the pair in the time leading up to the murder, and the point at which the two central characters, Cara and Jon, strive to find out what really happened, and to find Grace before it is too late.In spite of not being perhaps as surprised by the way the plot developed as I could have been, the story and the beautiful writing really did draw me in. I read this over two sittings which, given that I was reading a book book (not my preferred media these days) is really good speed for me. I was pulled into the world of the characters and probably became as absorbed in what was happening to and between Jon and Cara as I was in finding out what happened to Grace. Emily Elgar's style of writing, the pacing and the way in which she captured the conflicting emotions of the pair really kept my focus on the story.The way in which Cara has been portrayed was spot on. She is a young woman faced with so many questions that she is struggling to answer. She second guesses the way in which her friendship with Grace developed over the years, the way in which she allowed fear to keep her away from Grace when she needed her the most. She is not infallible, or a superwoman, just a girl wanting to help her friend. Her fierce determination is admirable as is her anxiety when faced with a real threat to her and her family. SHe's a really gutsy character, and the perfect counter to reported Jon who has his own reasons for wanting to find Cara.Jon is a complex character with his own history with Meg and Grace. I won't say much other than it informs the relationship with his own family, and it is that which affects, and drives, the way in which he throws himself into the task of finding Grace. It's not for completely altruistic reasons, he is a journalist first and foremost, but he is also a father and that bond with his son, not wanting to keep disappointing him, makes him more human than many of his profession are often portrayed in literature.Like I said before, the book didn't exactly catch me unawares - the basic premise of the story I could guess before I turned the first page - but there were enough twists and turns that it makes you second guess what is happening at times. And this is as much a story of community as it is a mystery or thriller. Of how a town can stand together or be divided by tragedy and scandal. The author has captured that almost claustrophobic sense of everyone knowing everyone else's business perfectly, using the elements and setting to help generate that tension and atmosphere that threads through the story.And enjoyable story that works best if you go in blind. You have been warned.
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  • Kath
    January 1, 1970
    This is apparently based on a true story. One which I had never heard of - or I think I haven't as I did manage to guess something quite key early on which did shape the way that I read the rest of the book. I can't say how much that affected my enjoyment though as it was never a given that I was right!So, single parent Meg lives with her sick daughter Grace. They are pillars of the community and very well respected therein. One day, their neighbour Cara pops round to drop something off and what This is apparently based on a true story. One which I had never heard of - or I think I haven't as I did manage to guess something quite key early on which did shape the way that I read the rest of the book. I can't say how much that affected my enjoyment though as it was never a given that I was right!So, single parent Meg lives with her sick daughter Grace. They are pillars of the community and very well respected therein. One day, their neighbour Cara pops round to drop something off and what she finds is shocking. Meg is found brutally murdered and there is no sign of Grace. This shock ripples through the community and the police go all in trying to find out both what happened to Meg and where Grace is as she is wholly dependent upon serious medication to survive. Meanwhile, disgraced journalist Jon hears the news and rushes to the scene despite the order preventing him from doing so. His downfall is attributed to an article he wrote about Grace and her estranged father who the police believe may be connected to what is happening. Together with Cara they peel back the layers of grace and Meg's life and what they find there is astonishing and threatens everything once understood about their past...This was an interesting and intriguing story. As already mentioned it stems from a real case which I am not going to mention here as it might spoil things. I guess that if you are familiar with this case then the book may fall a little flat for you. I wasn't and I still managed to guess - not sure how or why - lucky maybe. But even though I guessed THAT, I wasn't fully aware of everything else that went around and about so there was plenty to keep me hanging and reading on. Told from the POVs of both Jon and Cara, with diary entries from Grace interspersed throughout, the story gets on with itself very nicely indeed. Enough was withheld to keep me interested and sufficient divulged to satisfy along the way. All in all, a good solid read. I have already read this author's debut, If You Knew Her, so I am now playing the waiting game to see what she serves up next time. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
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  • Miss R
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 'Grace is Gone' is a true-life crime refracted through the lens of a psychological thriller. For the author attempting to turn a real life story into fiction, this is a harder task than it sounds. The book will certainly not write itself; there has to be a narrative, the story still needs to hold true to real life events, and the plot has to truly engage the reader. Few authors are capable of Thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 'Grace is Gone' is a true-life crime refracted through the lens of a psychological thriller. For the author attempting to turn a real life story into fiction, this is a harder task than it sounds. The book will certainly not write itself; there has to be a narrative, the story still needs to hold true to real life events, and the plot has to truly engage the reader. Few authors are capable of authentically straddling these boundaries, whilst maintain the integrity of the story. Emily Elgar is an exception to this rule. This novel is a true tour de force, written by an author of immeasurable talent. I was simply in awe of Elgar's pitch-perfect plotting and sparklingly, arresting prose. This book lives up to its billing as a 'gripping psychological thriller inspired by a shocking real-life story', and then some. It is a psychological thriller, yes, but when almost all thrillers come with prefix of 'psychological', it does not necessarily mean much in the context of actually engaging with the psychological, or those by-products of mental processing. 'Grace is Gone' does, and in a number of ways that really give the book an edge over similar novels of this type. This is a story of facts, yes. Facts: Meg is murdered and her daughter, Grace, is missing. Irrefutable. of course, but in the multiple points of view through which the story is told, the narrative splits in a way where we as readers literally go down the rabbit hole of multiple truths and human subjectivity. Facts as Elgar reminds us, are rarely undisputed - different people see things in different ways, and so it is with 'Grace is Gone' Indeed, this is what makes this story great - a must-read, even. 'Grace is Gone' is not a simple story told simply. What it is, however, is a sophisticated page-turner that really engages the mind of the reader. A true psychological thriller that lives up to its name.A definite hit for 2020.
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