By Tiffany King
Genre: Thriller/Child Abuse
Publication Date: March 20, 2018
Bang Bang Review
Losing Leah is told in two POVs, Leah and her twin Mia. Mia was abducted when the twins were six years old by a woman who has held her captive in a basement for ten years. Mia has been told that she has a sun sensitivity disease and her parents abandoned her because of it and this nurse adopted her. During Mia’s chapters, we witness physical and emotional abuse which are tough to read and realistic but to readers who have never suffered abuse, we don’t learn anything new. I’ve never been abused but I have a very basic idea of the affects of abuse by watching TV and reading books. This book doesn’t add anything new to the narrative and that’s a shame because it’s a missed opportunity to dig deep into the mind and lives of the abused.
During Leah’s chapters, we are told that her parents have been affected by the loss of their child but we never see the parents. There’s actually a reason why we don’t see the parents but it’s weak. Leah has a boyfriend and a best friend but their presence does not impact the plot. Leah suffers from debilitating headaches and seeing shadows but once again, I didn’t understand the significance. Leah’s chapters could have been a discussion on how abduction affects a family but once again-missed opportunity.
Mia is rescued and reunited with her family but while she’s in the hospital, she meets a boy-of course she does. I don’t understand why authors feel the need to write a romance. Mia had a very strong relationship with her brother and I would have much rather the focus been on that or even a female patient living the same nightmare but no. At one point, Mia is release from the hospital but she has to return for therapy but she never goes to see the love interest even though she claims he helped her. I won’t say why but her psychologist SUX.
After a month or so in the hospital, Mia goes home and immediately returns to school-WHAT!!! This book is 320 pages so as you can surmise, the pacing is BANANAS!!! Of course people are staring at her and calling her names but that’s the extent of her experience. I won’t say more because it’s a spoiler but I’ll say that Mia’s brother who goes to the same school also SUX because he never checks up on her and meets her new friends. It’s not her brother’s fault, it’s the authors fault for writing big plot holes.
This book was trying to do too many things. First of all it’s pegged as a thriller/mystery but it lacked intensity. The main characters are abused and suffering loss and have absent parents. The main character is rescued and there’s a romance and she goes back to school. The author should have chosen a couple of event of focus and develop them or WRITE A LONGER BOOK TO SUPPORT ALL OF THE EVENTS. This book was too big for this author. She had a good idea to write a thriller about an abused/abducted girl but she didn’t know how to execute it.
I haven’t read a lot of books about abuse but if you are looking for a slightly better book about physical and emotional abuse, read List of Cages by Robin Roe. If you are looking for a good thriller, read Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas, Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro or The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
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