The Girl Who Came Back

The Girl Who Came Back

September 8, 2017
August 5, 2018 August 7, 2018

When six-year-old Olivia Adams disappeared from her back garden, the small community of Stoneridge was thrown into turmoil. How could a child vanish in the middle of a cosy English village?

Thirteen years on and Olivia is back. Her mother is convinced it’s her but not everyone is sure. If this is the missing girl, then where has she been - and what happened to her on that sunny afternoon?

If she's an imposter, then who would be bold enough to try to fool a child’s own mother – and why?

Then there are those who would rather Olivia stayed missing. The past is the past and some secrets must remain buried.

About the book

The Girl Who Came Back talks about a girl, Olivia, who disappears at the age of 6 and returns to her hometown after 13 years. The mother recognizes her and together with her best friend accepts her. Meanwhile, the mother has remarried and the new husband with her brother-in-law thinks that Olivia is a scammer. How come they are so sure she’s an impostor? What’s behind the disappearance of a 6-year-old girl? And who is Olivia?

I liked the book even if it was a bit slow. I’m not sure I share the protagonist’s point of view. How many people died to get where she wanted? I agree that some people should be eliminated because they are worse than animals, I will never change my mind about this, not even after a 24-hour speech by human rights activists. But I can’t fully share the protagonist’s reasons.

I must say that the final twist was predictable up to a certain level. I understood that something was wrong or rather that there was a twist when it is said that Olivia’s mother remained closed at home for two years before Olivia’s birth but I did not know how to connect it to Olivia. That the two protagonists were tied in that way was clear but it did not occur to me that could be for that reason (I know a little “cryptic”, but I do not want to say more to not spoil too much).

As I said, I have conflicting feelings about the protagonist because on one hand I wanted her to succeed but on the other, seeing how many deaths she left behind (of people, I repeat, that deserved it) I wanted the truth to surface because I wanted justice for Olivia and also for the other girl. We only know the truth, her family doesn’t and it’s a pity.

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