Gone Too Long

Gone Too Long

A Novel

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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"Two-time Edgar Award-winning author Lori Roy entangles readers in a heart-pounding tale of two women battling for survival against a century's worth of hate. On the day a black truck rattles past her house and a Klan flyer lands in her front yard, ten-year-old Beth disappears from her Simmonsville, Georgia, home. Armed with skills honed while caring for an alcoholic mother, she must battle to survive the days and months ahead. Seven years later, Imogene Coulter is burying her father--a Klan leader she has spent her life distancing herself from--and trying to escape the memories his funeral evokes. But Imogene is forced to confront secrets long held by Simmonsville and her own family when, while clearing out her father's apparent hideout on the day of his funeral, she finds a child. Young and alive, in an abandoned basement, and behind a door that only locks from the outside. As Imogene begins to uncover the truth of what happened to young Beth all those years ago, her father's heir apparent to the Klan's leadership threatens her and her family. Driven by a love that extends beyond the ties of blood, Imogene struggles to save a girl she never knew but will now be bound to forever, and to save herself and those dearest to her. Tightly coiled and chilling, Gone Too Long ensnares, twists, and exposes the high price we are willing to pay for the ones we love"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781524741969
Branch Call Number: FIC ROY
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 14, 2020

Interesting, not compelling. The progression of the story from beginning to end was well written with all good intentions. The development of the narrarive lacked a high point. It was, however, great KKK topic with it's reverberation in family and town life.

Sep 08, 2019

This is my second book by Roy and I LOVED her first, Bent Road. So, I'm pretty disappointed that this didn't measure up to that novel. Told primarily through the POV of Imogene, the youngest daughter of a generations-long entrenched Ku Klux Klan family, it could have been a fascinating story. But it cried out for more interaction, instead of so many interior monologues/musings. The KKK piece was surprisingly lacking in urgency or outrage. The pacing was all over the place and it became repetitive and too long. Too bad.


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