The Return of Ellie Black

A Novel

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Pub Date 07 May 2024 | Archive Date 30 Jun 2024


The Return of Ellie Black is a page-turning suspense novel, a shrewd character study, and a captivating mystery, all at the same time. The last fifty pages are magnetic. I couldn’t put it down until I’d experienced every last twist and turn.” —STEPHEN KING

Detective Chelsey Calhoun’s life is turned upside down when she gets the call Ellie Black, a girl who disappeared years earlier, has resurfaced in the woods of Washington state—but Ellie’s reappearance leaves Chelsey with more questions than answers.

It’s been twenty years since Detective Chelsey Calhoun’s sister vanished when they were teenagers, and ever since she’s been searching: for signs, for closure, for other missing girls. But happy endings are rare in Chelsey’s line of work.

Then a glimmer: local teenager Ellie Black, who disappeared without a trace two years earlier, has been found alive in the woods of Washington State.

But something is not right with Ellie. She won’t say where she’s been, or who she’s protecting, and it’s up to Chelsey to find the answers. She needs to get to the bottom of what happened to Ellie: for herself, and for the memory of her sister, but mostly for the next girl who could be taken—and who, unlike Ellie, might never return.

The debut thriller from New York Times bestselling author Emiko Jean, The Return of Ellie Black is both a feminist tour de force about the embers of hope that burn in the aftermath of tragedy and a twisty page-turner that will shock and surprise you right up until the final page.
The Return of Ellie Black is a page-turning suspense novel, a shrewd character study, and a captivating mystery, all at the same time. The last fifty pages are magnetic. I couldn’t put it down until...

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Chelsey Calhoun has been haunted by her younger sister's disappearance for over two decades. Following in her father's footsteps, she enters into the police force in her hometown with hopes of helping other's escape danger.

Two hikers come across a girl while hiking in the Washington State woods. The girl? Ellie Black has been missing for two years. Chelsey spearheads the investigation determined to find justice for Ellie, yet Ellie remains quiet and refuses to participate in the investigation. As Chelsey digs deeper into the evidence, she discovers Ellie still remains quiet. The clock is ticking and Chelsey desperately needs Ellie's help to save the other girls.

This gripping story alternates between third person and Ellie's POV, which was brilliant. Seeing the world through Ellie's eyes really allows you to feel and see how fragile she is and how determined she is to do what needs to be done. This story gets darker and darker as more of what Ellie went through is discovered. However, throughout the high drama, high intensity chapters are softer, quieter scenes that give us a glimmer of hope that Ellie's life could be normal again, despite all that she gone through.

The twists and turns in this book are jaw dropping, but provide closure for not only the Chelsey and Ellie, but also the readers. This was so well written, I look forward to reading more from Emiko Jean.

Thank you to Emiko Jean, Netgalley, and Simon & Schuster for the ARC in exchance for an honest review!

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