Review and Giveaway: "Girl Gone Home" by Kathleen O'Donnell

Girl Gone Home
DTwisted Crime Book 3
by Kathleen O' Donnell
Genre: Psychological Thriller 

The Best Book I've Read This Year! I just finished it and I loved it! It has more twists and turns than a roller coaster. This book would make an amazing movie, but the book will always be better. I can't wait to see what she writes next! – Rena, five-star review on Amazon.

From two-time Book of the Year finalist and Thriller of the Year Award winner Kathleen O’Donnell comes a gripping psychological thriller filled with quirky, unexpected twists.

A girl in serious trouble

Delilah Diamond had it all, the popular cooking show, a dream house, and a great romance with her producer, until the producer’s wife gets wind of it all. Delilah loses her show, her job, and her house. She’s forced to go back to her hometown where everyone has skeletons in their closet—or worse.

A home not like any other

She arrives just in time for the unfortunate death of her high school crush, but senses something's wrong with the story of his demise. Before she realizes it, she's knee-deep in a past that almost crushed her years before, and could very well crush her now, for good.

A mother who keeps sordid secrets

Local law enforcement is a homegrown drunk, and useless, so someone higher up the food chain sends a big city detective who starts sniffing around her classmate's suspicious death and her mother’s past. Delilah’s protective hackles are raised. She knows her mother has shameful secrets, but the more she learns, the more she realizes she doesn’t know the whole story.

A hometown that comes together, even in crime

In small towns, you protect your family and your neighbors come what may, but will Delilah be able to protect her mother without exposing her own sins? The ones she worked so hard to cover up? Will she be able to deter the detective away from the truth?

You can't go home again. Or can you? Should you? How safe is home when you know where the bodies are buried?

Girl Gone Home is ultimately a story about love, family, loyalty and circling the wagons no matter what terrible crime's been committed. It’s quirky, heartfelt, and reminiscent of Dolores Claiborne and the works of Kate Atkinson, Jane Hamilton, and Janet Evanovich.

Kathleen O’Donnell is a wife, mom, grandmother and a recovering blogger. She currently lives in Nevada with her husband. She is a two time Book of the Year finalist for her debut novel The Last Day for Rob Rhino. You can find short stories and blog posts on her website.

Team Jefferson Davis

There's so much I could say about this delicious read but I'll keep this brief because you should start reading as soon as possible! "Girl Gone Home" starts off slow, lulling us into the misconception that everything is 'normal,' but as we continue reading, small details draw our attention to the fact that things on the 53 are anything but normal. Delilah, Fran, Jefferson, Hank and the many other colorful characters of the 53 make this deliciously irreverent, darkly satisfying read a work of art.

Jefferson Davis and Fran were so well-written that I felt as if I was watching them in the flesh, and I actually know someone similar to Fran. O'Donnell's ability to sculpt so many intricate supporting characters in without detracting from the main storyline is nothing short of masterful. I also love the dual themes - on one hand the story is about overcoming hardship and making the most of broken pieces, and on the other, the story demonstrates the beauty of coming of age, learning and accepting truth over perception, and learning to truly love without judgment.  

"Girl Gone Home" is definitely worth reading. and the author's use of similes and setting as supporting characters is masterful. Highly recommended.

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