If You’re Gone
by Brittany Goodwin
school senior Lillian White as she struggles to cope with the sudden
disappearance of her boyfriend, Brad Lee – reported missing the morning after
his graduation ceremony. When law enforcement dismisses the case and classifies
Brad as voluntarily missing, Lillian becomes desperate to prove that he
couldn’t have just walked away. Not from his friends. Not from his
family. Not from her.
darker side of her small North Carolina town, Lillian begins to uncover secrets
from Brad’s past that force her to question everything she thought she knew
about him and their relationship.
innovative voices to come along in a while. Goodwin has weaved an engaging web
of deceit and intrigue that embodies not only her storytelling prowess but
highlights her visionary filmmaking abilities in novel form.” (Justin
Price, creator of ‘Future’ SVOD channel)
Edge of 22 Publishing.
and director, best known for the internationally distributed faith-based
feature films, Secrets in the Snow and Secrets in the
Fall, which have both been awarded the highest honor of five Doves from the
husband and every growing number of rescue pets. She enjoys traveling with her
husband and dogs, DIY projects, quoting John Hughes films, playing (and
winning!) movie trivia games, and binge-watching Investigation Discovery
Channel. A self-proclaimed armchair detective, Brittany is an active member of
many Missing Persons blogs and Facebook pages, which inspired the topic of her
debut YA novel, If You’re Gone.
If You’re Gone by Brittany Goodwin weaves an intriguing and believable story around the disappearance of Brad.
me the book was not so much about the relationship between Lillian and
Brad. It was more about how within only a few months a complete life can
gradually change. Not like those total life changing events that change
your life from one moment to another but like one of those backstabbing
diseases that creep into your life slowly changing everything and when
you finally notice it is too late.
Accompanying Lillian on her
journey the reader starts to wonder if you really ever get to know a
person even when he obviously seems to love you.
The story is
told so believable that it could have actually happened or could happen
at any given time. So please do not expect a big BANG when you are
getting near the end of the book. In fact it is more a silent ending.
There will be closure so much I can say without giving spoilers.
end is also the reason that the book did not get 5 stars. The author
did such a great job creating this whole plotline that I was a bit –
well not directly disappointed but frustrated that the explanation we
got was the way it was ( I can not say more to avoid giving away to
I would have expected something “different” not more
complicated but also not so simple and I really did not need the last
“chapter” because that is the only thing that sounded fake in this book –
a slight change of the events before and without THAT time gap and it
would have been perfect.