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Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee by Mary G. Thompson

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A bittersweet homecoming holds dark secrets in this heart-wrenching story of loss, love, and survival for readers of Room.

When sixteen-year-old Amy returns home, she can’t tell her family what’s happened to her. She can’t tell them where she’s been since she and her best friend, her cousin Dee, were kidnapped six years ago—who stole them from their families or what’s become of Dee. She has to stay silent because she’s afraid of what might happen next, and she’s desperate to protect her secrets at any cost.

Amy tries to readjust to life at “home,” but nothing she does feels right. She’s a stranger in her own family, and the guilt that she’s the one who returned is insurmountable. Amy soon realizes that keeping secrets won’t change what’s happened, and they may end up hurting those she loves the most. She has to go back in order to move forward, risking everything along the way. Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee is a riveting, affecting story of loss and hope.

Goodreads Summary

This book was a beautifully-written murder mystery (with a twist).  The murder had already taken place and the book centered around the kidnapping of two girls.  When Amy returns home without Dee after six years of listed as missing questions are raised.  Where is Dee and is she alive?  Unfortunately, Amy knows the answers to these queries, but, out of fear, will not answer.  She keeps the reader in the dark except for well-placed past flashbacks that will enable the reader to sort of guess where the book is going after a while.  

I felt really bad for Amy, but I was just as curious as her aunt as to where her cousin Dee truly was.  The more I learned about their kidnapping the more terrible it was.  It's hard to describe it without giving something away, but the reader will not be disappointed by this story.  I loved how the author added in certain details that really humanized the character quickly so the reader (and I) cared about both girls immensely.  The ending was satisfying and I loved how it was all resolved.  This book would be a perfect read for teen and adults.

4 Stars

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