Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sunday Salon: CEMETERY GIRL by David Bell

Another week and time once again for Sunday Salon where we take afrench-press cup break, relax a bit, and share the books we’ve read.

I had hoped to share several books with you today, but as many of you know my week hasn’t been a good one. Thank you all again for your kind words of comfort on our loss of Gum Drop last week. I appreciate it deeply.

Now let me share a good suspense book with you.

Losing a child is devastating for the parents, but is it worse when the child simply disappears?
Leading an idealistic life, Tom and Abby Stuart have it all - a good marriage, successful careers, nice home and a delightful 12-year-old daughter, Caitlin. Then their world is scattered. Caitlin takes the family dog, Frosty, out for a walk and only the dog returns home.

Four years later Caitlin is discovered alive. She’s disheveled, dirty, but unnaturally calm. She won’t discuss the four years she’s been gone or what happened to her. When an arrest is finally made in the case, Caitlin refuses to testify against the man.

Caitlin’s disappearance had taken it’s toll on the Stuart marriage. With her return, additional conflict is added and the marriage dissolves. Needing answers and fearing his daughter might have been involved in her own disappearance, Tom begins to investigate on his own. His determination could cause him to lose Caitlin again, land himself in jail and uncover information that will shock him.

CEMETERY GIRL is a nail-biting, grip your seat read. Parents will be shaking their heads in disbelief while keeping an extra watch on their youngsters because of the plausibility of the story.

Author David Bell tells the story from the father’s point of view. Readers will feel his agony, as well as a roller coaster of other emotions.

CEMETERY GIRL puts a new and scary spin on how readers will look at children’s disappearances. This novel is scheduled for release on Tuesday, Oct. 4. 

Author David Bell’s website is

Cemetery Girl by David Bell, NAL Trade, @2011, ISBN: 9780451234674, Paperback, 400 pages

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

What are you reading this week?


  1. Wow, I just want to run out and buy this... or in my case, download it to Kindle.

  2. Hi Mason .. as Clarissa says - sounds very intriguing .. and definitely needs to be read .. cheers Hilary

  3. This sounds like an awesome read. I'll have to pick it up.

    I'm reading short stories at the moment. The Way of the Wizard.

  4. Mason - Thanks for this really interesting review. It's hard to imagine what it would be like to have your child disappear and return like that. Being a parent, I don't even want to think about it... but it sounds like a compelling story.

  5. Mason - great review! I definitely want to read this - my friends and I have been discussing such books as The Room by Emma Donahue and Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. We wonder about these books that are based on actual cases of kidnapping, torture, and in some cases death of young people. Do they romanticize these nightmares? I loved both The Lovely Bones and The Room, but perhaps it is a guilty pleasure. I think everything is ripe for fiction AND I wonder too...
    Jan Morrison

  6. I have no idea why stories about missing children are so appealing, but I suppose we love having a little thrill.

  7. I wonder how often kids really do fake their disappearances?


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