Taylor, Cora. Finding Melissa. Book Review.

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This young adult suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

A two-year-old is snatched from a campground. The story of the impact on her family is told by her older sister. Clarice believes that no matter what she does, the tragedy of her little sister’s disappearance will forever keep her mother distant and broken. After 12 years, nothing has improved. Her father is gone and her mother barely notices her. Torn between her jealousy and need for attention and her own sense of loss, Clarice decides to change the focus of her life from negative behavior to helping search for missing children, including Melissa.

Without giving any details, the story touches on the sexual abuse of children and the predatory nature of pedophiles. It is especially chilling to read from the kidnapper’s viewpoint.

This book is both a riveting suspense book and a fascinating character study. Recommended for ages 14 and up.


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