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Before She Was Found

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4.19421 votes • 214 reviews
Published 16 Apr 2019
Before She Was Found.pdf
Format Paperback
Pages368
Edition11
Publisher Park Row
ISBN 0778307735
ISBN139780778307730
Languageeng



A gripping thriller about three young girlfriends, a dark obsession and a chilling crime that shakes up a quiet Iowa town, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence .
For twelve-year-old Cora Landry and her friends Violet and Jordyn, it was supposed to be an ordinary sleepover--movies and Ouija and talking about boys. But when they decide to sneak out to go to the abandoned rail yard on the outskirts of town, little do they know that their innocent games will have dangerous consequences.
Later that night, Cora Landry is discovered on the tracks, bloody and clinging to life, her friends nowhere to be found. Soon their small rural town is thrust into a maelstrom. Who would want to hurt a young girl like Cora--and why? In an investigation that leaves no stone unturned, everyone is a suspect and no one can be trusted--not even those closest to Cora.
Before She Was Found is a timely and gripping thriller about friendship and betrayal, about the power of social pressure and the price of needing to fit in. It is about the great lengths a parent will go to protect their child and keep them safe--even if that means burying the truth, no matter the cost.

"Before She Was Found" Reviews

Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
- The United States
3
Mon, 08 Oct 2018

3.5 stars
Before She Was Found is a timely and gripping thriller about friendship and betrayal, about the power of social pressure and the price of needing to fit in. It is about the great lengths a parent will go to protect their child and keep them safe--even if that means burying the truth, no matter the cost.
I loved the first half of this book and I thought it was so creepy. I was so intrigued to find out who J.W. was? Everyone is a suspect and no one can be trusted. It was a fast paced thriller. This one has a mean girl teenager theme. There were journal entries from Cora that made it a page turner and it also had creepy social media messages that were so creepy.
There also is a mysterious school teacher. The descriptions of what happened to Cora was so awful. It was dark and disturbing and was a thrill ride.
I thought that characters were done so well and loved the writing style.
Then close to the end... It lost its fizzle. I thought this was going to be a five star read but it did a complete u-turn and went south and lost its fizzle. I was so disappointed and upset. I didn't like the ending at all. One thing that I can say about the ending was that this one was not implausible at all and I can see it actually happening in today's society. I thought it was realistic. I just didn't like it. I am in the minority in this one. Lots of others loved it. There are lots of 4 and 5 star reviews, so read those reviews.
This was a Traveling Sister read and we all had mixed feelings. Some loved it others didnt. I loved it until that ending.
I want to thank Edelweiss, the publisher, and the author for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Holly
- Katy, TX
3
Mon, 17 Sep 2018

3.5 STARS
Some mixed feelings about this one!
My favorite element was the different formats that kept it interesting and kept the story moving forward (always a plus), It was a mix of  real time, journal excerpts, different POV's , online chat room discussions and police interviews, BUT I was wanting more follow through to some of the incidents.
I wanted to keep reading on, but wasn't really "enjoying" what I was reading and kept feeling disappointed in the direction it was taking. I liked all the scattering of clues the author provided and I was questioning many of the characters motives throughout.
This was a quick read and had a nice pace, although the ending left me "underwhelmed" and questioning things. The ending could have "saved" this one for me, but ....nah
I do think a lot of thriller fans would enjoy this one and it does have a bit of a YA feel IMO. Definitely check it out if you enjoy a cast of teenagers with a mean streak!
Thanks to the pub. for my review copy! Book comes out April 16, 2019

Lindsay - Traveling Sister
- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
3
Sat, 25 Aug 2018

3.5 stars. A haunting crime in a small town community.
Twelve-year-old classmates, Cora, Violet and Jordyn sneak out one night to visit the abandoned train yard at the edge of town. A night of sneaky mischief ends with Cora hospitalized with several stab wounds and Violent and Jordyn in shock and confusion as to what happened. Small town secrets are uncovered as the police question everyone connected to the three girls. Were all three girls victims of this brutal attack? Could one of the girls be behind the violent assault?
I was pulled into this chilling story right away. There were some gruesome scenes at the start that were hard to stomach, but the writing kept me intrigued and curious to find out what happened. It was an addictive, quick read that had me making excuses to find time for ‘just one more chapter’.
The novel unfolds through multiple characters perspectives. I did find myself slightly confused near the beginning trying to keep track of who was who, but as the story progressed, it became much clearer and easier to follow. I found Cora’s journal entries distracting which took away from my enjoyment. Her perspective had a lot of childish behavior and mannerisms that felt overdone. The “mean girl” scenes were a bit much. I think I would have enjoyed the novel more had those scenes been toned down.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel and look forward to reading more from this author. This was a Traveling Sister read.
Thank you to Edelweiss and Park Row for providing me with an ARC to read and review!
Expected date of publication: April 16, 2019.

Susanne
- Monroe, CT
4
Thu, 03 Jan 2019

4.5 Stars
All actions have consequences. When you are twelve years old however, you have absolutely no idea what they are going to be!

Cora has always had trouble making friends. She gets teased and bullied constantly at school, though her parents would never know it. When a new girl named Violet moves to town, Cora has high hopes, especially when they are paired up in class. That is, until Ms. Popular and Cora’s least favorite person, Jordyn, is paired with them. Then all of a sudden things seem a bit better. Even Jordyn starts being nicer to Cora. Be wary however, as no one, absolutely no one, can be trusted.
One night, during a sleepover, the three girls sneak out, going to an abandoned trainyard - eager to investigate for their school project about an urban legend. Two come out unharmed. One girl has significant injuries and it appears as though the other girls may be guilty.. at least of something.
“Before She Was Found” by Heather Gudenkauf is told through several different medium, including text messages, psychologist notes and journal entries as well as several different POV’s - all of which are very effective. Clues are hinted at throughout the book, but I for one, was shocked when all the cards were left on the table. Having read all of Ms. Gudenkauf’s prior books I can emphatically state that this is one of her best. The dynamics between the characters, the build up of the suspense, the emotional roller coaster and the ending! Wowza, what a crazy ride! My heart was thump thump thumping at the end of this one guy and gals!
I highly recommend this one to all fans of fiction and mystery/suspense.
This was a buddy read with Kaceey! We loved it! Thanks for reading it with me Kaceey!
Thank you to Edelweiss, Harlequin - Park Row and to Heather Gudenkauf for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Published on Edelweiss and Goodreads on 1.13.19.
Will be published on Twitter and Amazon on 4.16.19.
Except to be published on Instagram.

Jayme
- Gilbert, AZ
4
Fri, 28 Dec 2018

I am sure that you have heard about the Slenderman...the tall, spidery figure with the blank face who has inspired stories, video games and movies...
The same one that two twelve year old girls in Wisconsin, tried to appease, when they lured a classmate into the woods, in 2014, stabbing her 19x.
BUT...have you heard about the urban legend, Joseph Wither??
He lived in Pitch, Iowa, in the 1940’s and rumor has it that after he lost his love, Rachel Farmer, he burned down his house and killed several young girls, over the years by luring them to the train tracks....
Beth Crow and her family...a teenage son named Max, a 12 year old daughter named Violet, and a basset hound named Boomer, are relocating from New Mexico to Green Bay, WI, when their car breaks down.....in Pitch, Iowa.
With no money to fix the car, Beth rents the only house she can afford, and accepts the only job available, enrolling her kids in the small town’s school.
Violet’s teacher, John Dover, gives his class an assignment-research an urban legend...and Violet, and her two new friends, Cora and Jordyn, decide to report on “Joseph Wither”.
“WHAT KIND OF TEACHER TELLS HIS STUDENTS TO RESEARCH GHOSTS AND MURDERERS AND THE LIKE?”
This assignment becomes the catalyst for Case # 92-10945.
Three twelve year olds go to the train tracks at midnight. One is fighting for her life, shortly thereafter.
Told in two time lines, “Before She Was Found” and after the attack through the various perspectives of parents, text message conversations, journal entries, police interviews, posts on social media websites, and psychiatrist observations, the chapters are short and the pace fast.
I was never confused, nor did I ever feel the urge to skim, despite the fact that the book has a YA feel, and I don’t generally do well with books with pre-teen protagonists.
Tragic because this story is ALL TOO POSSIBLE in today’s UGLY social media world where even 12 year olds feel the social pressure to “fit in” before they can even understand the consequences of their actions...and, with adults unaware of who their children are really talking to...
Not quite as atmospheric, but for readers who enjoyed “The Chalk Man”...this haunting tale might be a book for you!!
I would like to thank Netgalley, Harlequin, and Heather Gudenkauf for the digital ARC I received in exchange for a candid review! Available soon!! April 16, 2019!

Meredith B.
- Chicago, IL
4
Mon, 18 Feb 2019

4 Stars!

She sees herself pushing through the plumes of winter wheat, painting them red as she brushes by, and finally catches sight of him. He pauses and turns to face her. He looks pleased.

Do you remember the Slender Man case in 2014? Two girls lured their friend into the woods and stabbed her 19 times to impress the myth known as Slender Man. If you remember that case then this story has serious Slender Man Vibes. If not, you may want to look it up because it's fairly fascinating.
One night friends Cora, Violet and Jordyn have a sleepover. They wake up in the middle of the night and go out without Cora's parents knowing. Cora ends up on the train tracks hurt and covered in blood. Violet is also covered in blood but off to the side and Jordyn is no where to be found. An investigation is launched and literally everyone is a suspect.
The girls and families need to relive that night but Cora's body is so destroyed that she can barely talk. Violet is in so much shock that she cannot speak to anyone and is afraid to tell anyone what she saw. All Jordyn wants to do is have it all go away and hide. There was typical drama between these three friends before this terrible incident happened. But now they need to find out why these girls were found by the train tracks and what were they doing there?
This was my first Heather Gudenkauf novel and I really enjoyed it. I personally followed the Slender Man case when it was reported on national news and found it quite interesting that children get so involved with mythical characters that they would literally go to any length to please them. The psychology of it is fascinating when you think about it. Think about needing to prove your worth to a fictional character that you have convinced yourself is actually real and is coming to "save" you. You get to wrapped up in this character that even your best friendship becomes a sacrifice.
This book was written in a few different forms: short chapters from characters, Cora's diary, chat room dialogue and text messages. I think this helped flow the story real well. This is a story about young tween/teen girls so the diary entries are written as just that. That's probably the part that I had the most trouble with only because it was juvenile but that's how it should have been written. It was mostly just me looking for more than I should have been based on the story's premise. I also don't have kids so I suppose I'm just not used to it.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. I had no idea what happened until I reached the second to last page and it's finally revealed. I thought the way Gundenkauf set up the characters was great. I suspected most of them at one point in the story. I truly think the best thrillers are the ones that you do not know who did it until the end and your guess is wrong. I love being wrong...in that sense.
If you are a thriller fan, this one is definitely different from your typical adult thriller but it is a great story. This one is out now so pick it up if you are looking for a fairy quick thriller read!
Thank you to TLC Book tours & Park Row Books for my copy of this book!

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