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The Gone & The Forgotten by Clare Whitfield

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Publisher: Apollo
Source: Random Things Tours
Rating: 4/5
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About The Book

Summer, 1993. In the aftermath of her mother’s suicide attempt, 16-year-old Prue must spend the summer holidays on a remote island in the Shetlands with her favourite Aunt Ruth and Uncle Archie, a man she’s barely met since her aunt married him. Prue hopes to re-establish the relationship, and that her aunt might help her understand some of the parts of the past she has been forbidden to discuss by her mother – including the identity of herfather.
Prue soon finds out that her uncle was the only suspect in the disappearance of a local girl some twenty years ago. As she grows closerto him, she learns there are differing views on how the beguiling Evelyn O’Hara disappeared, but is her uncle innocent?
Truth is something Prue has always had a fractured relationship with. A single version of the truth seems impossible for herto lock down…


My Thoughts

I have to admit that I am really jealous of all the variety of books that teenagers and young adults can read nowadays, and that the authors push their stories to be more realistic and try to make them feel related to. I think this book would have helped me a little with my personal situation, living with a mother full of secrets and with a family that didn’t want to reveal any of them, I always felt like the weird one. As you can imagine I don’t have any crime to investigate or anyone related to a missing person, but I don’t think I would have investigated either! This is the story of Prue, she is 16 years old, but feels adult enough to know all the secrets her family has been keeping from her. That’s why when she goes to spend the summer with her estranged aunt she hopes to have all the answers she has been waiting for a long time. But arriving there will only mean discovering more secrets and a missing case related to her uncle which everyone has their own version of the mystery. But, all the stories have different versions depending on who is telling them, and Prue will have to keep searching for all the views to know the truth. I really liked this book, how the author makes you feel related to Prue’s family story and at the same time wondering what happened twenty years ago and the missing girl… A very addictive read! Are you ready to help Prue in this self-discovery trip in “The Gone & the Forgotten”?


About The Author

Clare Whitfield is a UK-based writer living in a suburb where the main cultural landmark is a home store/Starbucks combo.
She is the wife of a tattoo artist, mother of a small benign dictator and relies on a black Labrador for emotional stability.
She has been a dancer, copywriter, amateur fire breather, buyer and mediocre weight lifter. Her first novel, People of Abandoned Character, was a Goldsboro book of the month.