An Unlikely Story welcomes Heather Gudenkauf as she presents a timely and gripping novel of suspense. BEFORE SHE WAS FOUND is the story of three preteen girls growing up in the age of social media and exploring a dark urban legend in their town. Told through texts, journals, and interview transcriptions, BEFORE SHE WAS FOUND is a novel of interlocking mysteries that is frightening in its realism. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the event.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA meets WHAT SHE KNEW in this gripping thriller about three young girlfriends, a dark obsession, and a chilling crime that shakes up a quiet Iowa town, from New York Times bestselling author of THE WEIGHT OF SILENCE.
For twelve-year-old Cora Landry and her friends Violet and Jordyn, it was supposed to be an ordinary sleepover—movies and Ouija and talking about boys. But when they decide to sneak out to go to the abandoned rail yard on the outskirts of town, little do they know that their innocent games will have dangerous consequences.
Later than night, Cora Landry is discovered on the tracks, bloody and clinging to life, her friends nowhere to be found. Soon their small rural town is thrust into a maelstrom. Who would want to hurt a young girl like Cora—and why? In an investigation that leaves no stone unturned, everyone is a suspect and no one can be trusted—not even those closest to Cora.
BEFORE SHE WAS FOUND is a timely and gripping thriller about friendship and betrayal, about the power of social pressure and the price of needing to fit in. It is about the great lengths a parent will go to protect their child and keep them safe—even if that means burying the truth, no matter what the cost.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Heather Gudenkauf is the critically acclaimed author of several novels, including the New York Times bestseller THE WEIGHT OF SILENCE. She lives in Iowa with her husband and children.