And then she was gone

Rosalind Noonan

Book - 2014

Eleven-year-old Lauren O'Neil vanished one sunny afternoon as she walked home from school. Six years later, her parents Rachel and Dan still tirelessly scour their Oregon hometown and beyond, always believing Lauren will be found. Then one day, the call comes. Lauren has been rescued from a secluded farm mere miles away, and her abductor has confessed. Yet her return is nothing like Rachel imagined. Though the revelations about what Lauren endured are shocking, most heartbreaking of all is ...to see the bright-eyed, assertive daughter she knew transformed into a wary, polite stranger. Lauren's first instinct is to flee. For years she's been told her parents forgot her; now she doubts the pieces of her life can ever fit together again. But Rachel refuses to lose her a second time. Little by little they must relearn what it means to be a family, trusting that their bond is strong enough to guide them back to each other.

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Published
New York : Kensington Books [2014]
©2014
Language
English
Item Description
Includes a reading group guide (pages [321]-325).
Physical Description
325 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780758274991
0758274998
Main Author
Rosalind Noonan (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Lauren O'Neil was 11 when she vanished. Now, six years later, her parents, Rachel and Dan, receive a call informing them that she's been found alive. Her kidnapper, Kevin, kept her on a decrepit farm mere miles from her home and used emotional, physical, and sexual abuse to control her and thwart escape. Noonan explores the family's reunion from Lauren and Rachel's viewpoints as Lauren slowly integrates back into noncaptive life, first in a safe house, then back home. Though Rachel's voice rings truer, both women are highly sympathetic and compelling. Noonan (All She Ever Wanted, 2012; The Daughter She Used to Be, 2011) writes another gripping family story that handles sensitive issues with grace by focusing on the aftermath rather than lurid details of the kidnapping. The timely plot, which calls to mind Jaycee Dugard and the young women who escaped captivity in Cleveland, will hold readers in its sway. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Rachel and Dan O'Neil must find a way to reconnect with their 17-year-old daughter after she is rescued from her abductor after being in captivity for six years. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

After being abducted at eleven years old on her way home from school, Lauren O'Neil is rescued six years later, but returns as a wary, polite stranger, and now her family must relearn what it means to be a family.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Eleven-year-old Lauren O'Neil vanished one sunny afternoon as she walked home from school. Six years later, her parents Rachel and Dan still tirelessly scour their Oregon hometown and beyond, always believing Lauren will be found. Then one day, the call comes. Lauren has been rescued from a secluded farm mere miles away, and her abductor has confessed. Yet her return is nothing like Rachel imagined. Though the revelations about what Lauren endured are shocking, most heartbreaking of all is to see the bright-eyed, assertive daughter she knew transformed into a wary, polite stranger. Lauren's first instinct is to flee. For years she's been told her parents forgot her; now she doubts the pieces of her life can ever fit together again. But Rachel refuses to lose her a second time. Little by little they must relearn what it means to be a family, trusting that their bond is strong enough to guide them back to each other.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Eleven-year-old Lauren O'Neil vanished one sunny afternoon as she walked home from school. Six years later, her parents Rachel and Dan still tirelessly scour their Oregon hometown and beyond, always believing Lauren will be found. Then one day, the call comes.Lauren has been rescued from a secluded farm mere miles away, and her abductor has confessed. Yet her return is nothing like Rachel imagined. Though the revelations about what Lauren endured are shocking, most heartbreaking of all is to see the bright-eyed, assertive daughter she knew transformed into a wary, polite stranger. Lauren's first instinct is to flee. For years she's been told her parents forgot her; now she doubts the pieces of her life can ever fit together again. But Rachel refuses to lose her a second time. Little by little they must relearn what it means to be a family, trusting that their bond is strong enough to guide them back to each other. Intensely moving and absorbing, this is an extraordinary story told with sensitivity and grace, and filled with the depth and breadth of a mother's love. Praise for Rosalind Noonan"Noonan has a knack for page-turners and doesn't disappoint." --Publishers Weekly on All She Ever Wanted "The author once again takes on an emotional topic with great sensitivity." --Booklist on The Daughter She Used to Be"Reminiscent of Jodi Picoult's kind of tale. . .it's a keeper!" --New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson on One September Morning