3 stars, Review, Reviews

Little Girl Gone by Alexandra Burt


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blurb

**Get ready for the next ‘must-have’ on your reading list. GONE GIRL meets THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN in this stunning, unsettling psychological thriller.**

A baby goes missing. But does her mother want her back?

When Estelle’s baby daughter is taken from her cot, she doesn’t report her missing. Days later, Estelle is found in a wrecked car, with a wound to her head and no memory.

Estelle knows she holds the key to what happened that night – but what she doesn’t know is whether she was responsible…

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plot

As the blurb says, the novel is about Estelle and finding what happened to her daughter, Mia. The story starts with Estelle in the hospital, having amnesia – she dose not know what happened to her or to her baby. Therefore, a big part of the novel is focused on Estella trying to recover her memory. There is some action as well – in the memories that are coming back, and after the protagonist gets her memories back. 

The book is divided into four parts. Some chapters are in the present time, while others are in the past – especially in the first part. Another part is focusing on Estelle recovering her memory, while the last section jumps into the future. I personally didn’t have a problem with the time-line not being constant, but some people might not like it.

The novel dose not have a constant pace. It changes from low-paced, to medium-paced. This is not a problem, not necessarily. However, it means that some parts pull you into the story, while others are a bit boring. Actually, I think that the book is too big; it has a lot filling, which drags the story, and is a pity because the main idea is quite interesting.

Personally, I liked the story, the concept. It can be fascinating to read about a person recovering from amnesia, and how their past affects their present and their future. Add a missing baby into it, and it gets even more mysterious. The main downside is the filling and the low-paced parts, as mentioned above.

 The end was a bit disappointing. It wasn’t terrible or anything, I just expected the novel to end with a bang. Also, what happened to Mia was kind of unrealistic – actually, it’s not what happened, it’s how it happened and why.

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The main character is Estelle. She is not the most pleasant character, and it’s not because she has problems. I like damaged characters – but then again, there are damaged protagonists, and simply idiotic ones. And Estelle is both.

Estelle describes herself as a failure: she failed in college, at work, as a mother, as a wife, as a person. However, she dose not do anything about it. She dose not seek therapy, even though she has childhood trauma; she dose not try to improve herself; nothing. But she gets married and has a baby.

After she gave birth to Mia, Estelle developed postpartum depression, which gets worse and worse if left untreated. Actually, postpartum depression is one of the main focus of this novel, which is interesting. But my problem is Estelle and how she deals with everything.

Jack is Estelle’s husband. I have mix feelings about him. He can come of as an ass, and that’s how the novel wants to portray him – as a shitty person. But at the same time, I felt sorry for him. It wasn’t his fault that his wife had mental problems. Also, he was an ass from the beginning, he didn’t hide this part of him, and yet Estelle still married him. He is a lawyer, she was a waitress. So, it takes two to tango.

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Little Girl Gone by Alexandra Burt is an interesting novel that deals with postpartum depression, amnesia, family, and a baby missing. I liked it. I did want to find out what happened to Mia, and with Estella. 

The downsides of this book were the filling and the low-paced parts. Also, the main character annoyed me a little bit.

Overall, it was worth reading this book, despite it’s flaws.

recommend

Yes, I do recommend this book, especially to people who:

  • like psychological thrillers, especially ones that deal with amnesia and postpartum depression;
  • like damaged characters;
  • would like to try a thriller/crime book, but do not like graphic scenes;

As always, this is my personal opinion. If you want to read this book, read it and make up your own opinion. You might like it more than I did or not.

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