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The Day I Disappeared

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Well if that ain't a whodunnit... I don't know what is.

Holly was kidnapped at age 4 and three months later she turns up in the same place she disappeared from, with no memory of what happened. Though a man was convicted in correlation with the kidnapping, twenty years later, Holly is no longer so sure that the man behind bars is responsible. There have been a series of seemingly uncorrelated cases of young girls going missing, with new clues coming up that tear at Holly's memories... or lack thereof. 

What a captivating story. The story line is well described, with a plot that twists and turns before your eyes. I was starting to piece together the whodunnit as it was all coming to fruition. However, Reeds keeps throwing figurative wrenches that kept me guessing right until the very end. I also found the story to be truly eerie at times, and had many senses of foreboding that I couldn't quite place. This, in my opinion, kept me reading because I wanted to get to the "bottom" of what would happen next. 

I think what really kept me intrigued was Holly's partial memories that seemed to pop up frequently and were fleeting with little detail. Sometimes the way they were laid out or thrown into the story was confusing, because I wasn't entirely sure what was happening... but as the story progressed it became more clear that it was a memory that held a key to her past. 

I found all the characters to be well-written and developed. All the characters introduced were relevant to the story, in my opinion.

All in all, an excellent read. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery/suspense novel!

<i>I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher of this advanced digital copy for the opportunity to read this novel in exchange for an honest review!</i>
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This was a truly eerie psychological thriller. I felt a strong send of foreboding throughout and frequently left the book down as I was dreading what I would read next. A young Holly is abducted and returned to her parents three months later with no memory at all of the incident. She struggles to forget the ordeal and tries to get on with her life as best she can until a similar abduction takes place twenty years later and she called upon to assist in the investigation as another child's life is hanging in the balance. The premise of this story was a good one and the plot was very convincing but I did feel however that there were a few too many characters, so much so that I did become a little confused at times. Occasionally it was a little predictable also but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of the storyline. I did enjoy this book. I'm giving it 3 and a half stars.
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Holly was kidnapped over 20 years ago, when she was 4, and held for 94 days.  Holly has never remembered what happened during the time she was gone and secure in the belief the guilty person was in prison she moved on with her life until the day the police question her again as another 10 girls have gone missing over the years.

This story is told in alternating perspectives from Holly and her mother, who is trapped in a coma).  The book did have suspense but mostly in the last third or so. The twist ending I predicted and the misleading clues felt too obvious. Regardless I enjoyed this book a lot and will be seeking out more by this author!
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I was given this book by NetGalley for an honest review - 
When Holly was a baby she was kidnapped while playing in the park  and days later returned to the same spot. She struggles to remember who took her, and what happened.
When 20 years later another child is taken the detective would like Holly to help. Holly's mother has secrets too.
Can Holly remember in time  to help find the little child?  And when all is said and done the shock of what happened is unbelievable!
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Thank you to Netgalley for the preview of this book..I found it a bit of a struggle to finish.  The storyline had a great promise & potential but I felt it failed to live up to what I expected it would be.
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i loved this book ! holly disappears for 90 odd days as a child but is returned to her family eventually ,other little girls are not so lucky .i couldnt put it down .
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Holly disappeared for 3 months as a child and returned back to her parents with no recollection of what happened to her in those months. As she starts remembering girls are disappearing again . Can Holly remember fast enough to help with these disappearances and what is her mom hiding about Holly's kidnapping. Although this book had an interesting story line I felt a bit confused at times there were two many characters in this story so many that you weren't quite sure what was going on at times. I thought the book was just okay not great but still different enough to want to finish it.
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Firstly the cover is beautiful. 

The Day I Disappeared has all the right ingredients for an exciting story but I think the measurements are wrong. There’s not enough going on in this book. I lost interest after the plot began repeating itself. Nothing really happens. It’s all hutches and thinking that lead nowhere.

The issue is when I got to the end of the story I didn’t know much more than I knew at the beginning. I finished this book but I can’t call myself a fan.
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This book was so good! The characters were so well rounded, you felt like you actually knew them! The plot was so good you didn't want the book to end!
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Three months after being kidnapped, 4-year-old Holly is returned to her parents with no recollection of what happened to her during her captivity.
20 years later, another girl, the latest in a series of abductions, is kidnapped in similar circumstances and the police have reason to believe that the man who was convicted of Holly's abduction was not the real culprit.
Asked to help the police find the real perpetrator, Holly is racing against time to recover her forgotten memories before another girl dies.

The story, told from Holly's perspective, is interspersed with her comatose mother's recap of the past events.
This was a gripping read, full of twists that got me hooked very quickly.
The ending was surprising, although I was right in my suspicion about the kidnapper's identity.
However, I'm hesitating between 3 and 4 stars. The story, although it was pretty fast-paced, wasn't packed with suspense and didn't have me racing through it until the very end, and therefore I'm more inclined towards 3 stars.
Don't get me wrong, it was a very engrossing and thrilling read with some unexpected twists, and it is definitely one worth checking out.
It was my first book by Brandi Reeds but it won't be my last.
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Definitely a different type of story with so many characters, that I did not remember who was who and who did what. 
That being said: Holly was kidnapped twenty year ago. She was amazingly found in exactly the same place she was abducted three months later. 
Her memory is blank, but she is needed to help solve the mystery of another child who has been taken all these years later.
Will she find out the truth and who is and has been involved in these crimes?

I enjoyed the writing and the premise of this story, but it definitely needs your undivided attention to follow the plot and characters.
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I liked the premise of this book, being that the child kidnapping victim was returned, but I felt it was kind of confusing.  There were so many characters to keep track of and side stories that didn't really contribute to the story line. The characters that should have been more developed, I felt weren't.  I liked this book, but I didn't love it.
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A good read and well written. However, I do think it is a bit sub par for a psychological thriller or suspense.
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Detective Jason Guidry is investigating the abduction and surprising return of a little girl. The case is all too similar to that of four year old Holly Gebhardt, who was kidnapped twenty years earlier. Holly was returned to the park she was taken from three months after she was kidnapped, with almost no memory of what had happened to her. At the time, police suspected a local handyman and Holly’s own mother, Cecily,  but nothing was ever proved. Holly put the event, and her mother, far behind her, but now Jason Guidry is looking to her for answers. Holly, in turn, reluctantly approaches her mother, believing the woman knows far more than she ever revealed. I really enjoyed this book, it was fast paced and surprised me more than once
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