A retired detective and a young woman are about to face their worst fears.
Vicki Reiner is emotionally isolated and craves the fleeting happiness she experienced in the years prior to her college graduation. In an attempt to recapture this, she invites former friend and roommate, Laurie, for a break at her deserted beachside home. However, despite booking an online bus ticket, her friend never shows up and seems to have vanished. Unable to accept the bizarre circumstances of the disappearance, Vicki approaches the police who dismiss her concerns before enlisting the reluctant help of Leighton Jones – a newly retired detective who is haunted by the death of his teenage daughter.
First off, let me say this. As a reader, we often get asked if we judge a book by its cover. The answer is yes, yes we do. Let’s be honest. However I, as a reader, also sometimes judge a book by its title. I did it with this one and disregarded it as I really didn’t want to read yet another book about a girl who’s gone, on a train or a plane, or any other mode of transportation. But I kept seeing great reviews around the blogging community and I trust my blogger buddies so I got curious and decided to check this one out. I’m so glad I did because I would have missed out on something truly great otherwise. By the end of the first chapter, I settled down on my comfy sofa in the knowledge that this was going to be one heck of a ride.
Vicki is trying to recapture the happiness she felt before her college graduation by inviting her old roommate Laurie to come stay with her for a while. Laurie books a bus ticket online but never arrives at her destination. Vicki tries to report her friend missing but the police don’t take her seriously. When weeks later, Laurie still hasn’t shown up, Vicki turns to newly retired detective Leighton Jones for help.
I really enjoyed this highly unusual pairing. What was really interesting was not only are they investigation this intriguing case but they also both grow as people. Excellent character development throughout.
And then there’s the bus. I can’t say much more about that. It drives. Not on its own, obviously. That would have been a whole other level of weird. Throughout the book, I kept telling myself I’d never get on a bus again. Then the ending happened and I laughed. Not because it’s funny but because it’s just insanely brilliant and really got the point across. Well played, sir!
The Girl On The Bus is a well crafted, gripping and engrossing thriller that I couldn’t put down. I was hooked from the very first page and couldn’t turn the pages quick enough. I can’t wait to see what Norman M. Brown comes up with next!
The Girl On The Bus was published on April 28th.