The Forgotten Girl (Paperback)

By David Bell

New American Library, 9780451417527, 435pp.

Publication Date: October 7, 2014



The bestselling author of Bring Her Home and Cemetery Girl presents a twist filled thriller about a troubled family whose secrets should be taken to the grave...
The past has arrived uninvited at Jason Danvers's door in the form of his younger sister, Hayden, a former addict who severed all contact with her family as her life spiraled out of control. Now she's clean and sober but in need of a desperate favor--she asks Jason and his wife to take care of her teenage daughter for forty-eight hours while she handles some business in town.
But Hayden never returns.
And her disappearance brings up more unresolved problems from Jason's past, including the abrupt departure of his best friend on their high school graduation night twenty-seven years earlier. When a body is discovered in the woods, the mysteries of his sister's life--and possible death--deepen. And one by one these events will shatter every expectation Jason has ever had about families, about the awful truths that bind them.

About the Author

David Bell is a bestselling and award-winning author whose work has been translated into six languages. He's currently an associate professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He received an MA in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a PhD in American literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. His novels include Bring Her Home, Since She Went Away, Somebody I Used to Know, The Forgotten Girl, Never Come Back, The Hiding Place, and Cemetery Girl.

Praise For The Forgotten Girl

Praise for David Bell and his Novels

“My favorite kind of story because it takes the familiar and darkens it.… A fast, mean head trip of a thriller that reads like a collaboration between Michael Connelly and the gothic fiction of Joyce Carol Oates, Cemetery Girl is one of those novels that you cannot shake after it’s over. A winner on every level.”—Will Lavender, New York Times bestselling author of Obedience

“More than just an utterly compelling thriller….Bell’s stellar novel is also a haunting meditation on the ties that bind parent to child, husband to wife, brother to brother—and what survives even under the most shattering possible circumstance. An absolutely riveting, absorbing read not to be missed.”—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Heartbroken

“David Bell [has] established himself as one of the brightest and best crime fiction writers of our time…a definite page-turner….Bell, once again, has written an incredible, unique thriller that will have you hooked!”—Suspense Magazine

“Grabbed me by the throat on page one and never let up. An intense, unrelenting powerhouse of a book, and the work of a master.”—John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of The Hunter

“A smasher. It twists and turns and never lets go, could happen just this way.”—Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean

“A smart, tense, creepy take on the story of a missing daughter.”— Brock Clarke, author of Exley

“Psychologically twisted...Bell stakes his claim as a writer to watch.…Consider me a fan.”—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Extinction Machine

“A tense and terrifying journey that brims with emotional authenticity. Bell manages not only to build suspense effectively but also tell a story that goes way beyond simple thrills.”—Booklist

“Suspenseful [and] disquieting.”—Publishers Weekly

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  1. Jason and Hayden have a strained relationship, primarily due to Hayden’s struggles with addiction. Do you understand Jason’s reluctance to let Hayden back into his life? Would you let her back in?generic viagra price canada
  2. Jason seems to realize that it was difficult for Hayden to grow up in his shadow. Do you think it’s challenging for younger siblings to establish their own identities as they grow up? Also, is there more pressure on an older sibling to set the tone in a family?generic viagra price canada
  3. Sierra seems to be a bright, successful teenager despite the difficulties her parents have been through. Are you surprised by the bond between Sierra and her parents?generic viagra price canada
  4. Jason and Regan were close friends—and almost dated—in high school and have recently reconnected. Do you understand the friendship they share even after all those years of not being in touch? Do you think Nora should be concerned about the time Jason spends with Regan? How would you feel if your spouse were Jason?generic viagra price canada
  5. Jason and Nora made the choice not to have children, but when Sierra enters their lives, they find themselves reexamining that decision. Do you think Jason and Nora regret not having children? Can having their niece in their lives serve as some kind of a replacement?generic viagra price canada
  6. Jason seems to be having something of a midlife crisis due to losing his job in New York and moving back to his hometown in Ohio. Is it unusual for someone at Jason’s stage of life to be reevaluating this way? Do you think he’s happy with the choices he’s made?generic viagra price canada
  7. Regan tells Jason that he “hero-worshipped” Logan and didn’t see him clearly. What kind of person do you think Logan was? Is Regan correct when she says that Jason didn’t see him clearly? What do you think is the cause of some of Logan’s behavior?generic viagra price canada
  8. Were you surprised to find out what really happened on graduation night? Are you surprised that Regan was willing to keep it a secret for so many years?generic viagra price canada
  9. Logan’s mother knew the truth about her son—both the act of violence he committed against her as well as what he did on graduation night. Was she right to keep those things secret for so many years? Do you think she could have—or should have—done something to help her son, or were the cards too stacked against her because of the influence and power of Logan’s father?generic viagra price canada
  10. Mr. Shaw seems like something of a distant and distracted father. Do you blame him for Logan’s behavior? Do you think he really loved his son?generic viagra price canada
  11. Jesse Dean was responsible for Logan’s death on graduation night, and then Derrick was responsible for Jesse Dean’s death in the cabin. Do you blame these men for the acts of violence they committed? Were there extenuating circumstances in one or both of the cases? How do you view the men differently? Would you want to see them prosecuted for the things they did?generic viagra price canada
  12. When Jason returns home at the end of the book, he seems genuinely happy to see his family, including Hayden and Sierra. Do you think he has a new appreciation for his life, one he didn’t have when the book started? Do you think he and Nora have found a way to be happy in Ohio?generic viagra price canada
  13. Sierra turns out very different from her parents. And de-spite being siblings, Jason and Hayden take divergent paths in life. Do you attribute these differences to nature over nurture? Do you know people who turned out significantly different from other people in the same household?generic viagra price canada