The Girl Who Came Back by Kerry Wilkinson.
The Girl Who Came Back by Kerry Wilkinson is a delightful read. I loved the premise of the story and could not put the book down. Although goodreads.com says it took me three days to read it, I read most of it in one day.
The Girl Who Came Back is a book about Olivia, who “came back” after having been missing for 13 years. She was kidnapped out of her garden when she was 6-years old, and the entire village searched for her, then memorialized her once they declared her dead.
Simultaneously, we also read the story of Lily. Her story begins at the age of 12 when her mother passes away. Her father loses himself in alcohol, and she has to take care of them both.
I loved how Olivia’s and Lily’s stories meld together in the end. I particularly enjoyed reading about Lily.
But back to the village. Oliva’s mother and other villagers are beyond excited to see Olivia. But not everyone is so happy about her return. Namely her mother’s current husband Max and his creepy brother Ashley.
So we know this story is about a kidnapped girl who came back (or so the title says!). So when she came back, why did the cops barely show an interest when it was such a high-profile case 13 years ago?
Don’t let that flaw dissuade you. After all, I did give it four above average stars. It’s a great book and an interesting story with twists.
I didn’t find Olivia as likable as I thought I would. However, the surrounding characters more than made up for that. I loved her friends, Nattie and Rhys. And above all, I loved her father, Dan. He fell apart after her disappearance and subsequent divorce from Olivia’s mother. But he was so delighted upon Olivia’s return, that it was beautiful to see him pick himself back up and become her father again.
Set aside any judgment I made on the police matter; I highly recommend The Girl Who Came Back.