The Girl Who Came Back by Susan Lewis

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Book description

When Jules Bright hears a knock on the door, the last person she expects to find is a detective bringing her the news she’s feared for the last three years.

Amelia Quentin is being released from prison.

Jules’s life is very different now to the one she’d known before Amelia shattered it completely. Knowing the girl is coming back she needs to decide what to do. Friends and family gather round, fearing for Jules’s safety. They know that justice was never served; every one of them wants to make the Quentin girl pay.

The question is, what will Jules do; and which of them – her or Amelia – has the most to fear?

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I have always been a big fan of Susan Lewis, I know her name doesn’t necessarily spring to mind when you think of a crime author, but The Girl Who Came Back certainly fits into this genre. As the book opens the reader gets the first glimpse of Amelia, and it also hints at the woman she will become. From the opening chapter I had goose pimples every time Amelia’s name was mentioned, as a child she is described as sullen and sly, but as she grows up and ingrains herself in Jules and her daughter Daisy’s life, she becomes much more. Amelia is Inherently evil, manipulative and calculating. This a story of jealousy, revenge, and shattered families, and what happens when you let evil into your life.

Although the story is a slow to start, the lead up to the events that changes Jules life for ever need to be explained, it’s also builds on the characters, making them very believable. Most of the characters are very likeable and you can’t help feeling emotionally attached to them, as they deal with loss and pain in their own individual way. At times I felt overwhelmed with sadness, I felt Jules pain and despair as her perfect family are ripped apart. As the plot progresses and Amelia entrenches herself in Jules’s family life, things take a horrifying turn, and glimpses of Amelia’s true personality begin to show. Throughout the story Amelia shows no remorse for what she has done, and in her own twisted logic blames everyone but herself.

Amelia’s obsession with Jules and her daughter Daisy, doesn’t become apparent until the second half of The Girl Who Came Back, and at that point it felt slightly rushed, and appeared out of no where. So for that reason I’ve dropped a star. Mostly The Girl Who Came Back is a well written story, the plot is believable and deals with the “unthinkable” in a sensitive manner. I felt so many emotions reading this book, and the ending left me in tears, it was that convincing! Well worth a read if you like a crime thriller, which mainly focuses on the family and friends, and the far reaching consequences of a heinous crime.

4 ☕️☕️☕️☕️out of 5
Publisher: Century 25th Feb. 2016

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