Wednesday, July 19

Book Review: The Girl Who Stayed by Tanya Anne Crosby

Author: Tanya Anne Crosby
Title: The Girl Who Stayed 
Genre: Fiction and Mystery
Pages: 292
Published: April 2016
Where I Got It: Borrowed from library

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.  

Not too long ago I read the prequel and I really liked it, so it was finally time to give the full novel a chance.

Zoe has finally left her abusive husband and is returning to her old family home. She may have left him and let him go finally, but now she has to face her past and finally let that go too. 

The beginning was sloooooooooooooooooooooooooow as molasses, but once things got rolling it began to get good. The author found a good balance of visiting the past and the present. But yes, I nearly gave up at the beginning. I am certainly glad I held on because things did get better.

Zoe has a LOT of issues. She really needs to go to a therapist who is unbiased (the town therapist made things worse) and will actually help her. Her father hated her for no good reason and so when her beloved sister went missing his hatred increased. I don’t really understand why and neither did Zoe. He deserved a quick kick in the butt especially when he pretty much told her that he wouldn’t care if she died. What type of father says that to his kid?????? And that mom…yes, she loved her, but she was weak. Zoe was set up for failure. Her parents pretty much set up the path to an abusive relationship.

I liked Ethan a lot…I want a sequel for the two of them. Cute.

The ending was interesting….I still can’t decide how I feel about it. It was very open-ended and as a reader I don’t care much for endings like that. Also, I did NOT like the twist that much. There is still no concrete answer and I am not happy. *SPOILER ALERT* The big mystery of Zoe’s missing sister is not solved in my opinion. Sure the guy admitted he killed her, but did he? The timeline does not match up. Annoying.  *END OF SPOILER*

This was a sad, sad book. Not “crying, sobbing” sad, but just sad. You can’t help but feel bad for Zoe. Like I said…girl needs a serious therapy session. Yes, she was able to let go a lot of things, but she really needs to talk to someone. And she needs to file a restraining order against that ex of hers. PYSCHO!!

In the end, I am glad I continued Zoe’s story. It was a good journey and I hope we get some sort of concrete ending with a sequel or something. Things are not adding up and I do not like it. In the end, I will stamp this with 3 stars.


Blodeuedd said...

I can do crying sad, but just sad...dunno

Carole Rae said...

B, same way, but it was doable for this one.