Girl goes missing; family deals. That's about it for plot, which I guess makes it character-driven. Except that I didn't actually connect with any of the characters. I'm not sure whether there were too many of them, or whether it was too much '...and then she did this and then he said that' and not enough internal, heart-wrenching grief, or whether I just didn't like any of them. They were all so regular. The only thing that singled them out was that their daughter/sister/girlfriend had gone missing, and frankly, that just ain't enough for me.
And I know, right? Teenage girl goes missing; family grieves; reader doesn't care. One of these people is a stone-cold bitch. And if this were based on a true story, I'd be all up ons with my tissues and my garment-rending. Or if this were a Lifetime movie, complete with a shot of the mother clutching her daughter's grad photo to her chest and shedding a single tear while 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' swells in the background. BeLIEVE me, I am a sucker.
But it's not either of these things. It's just a pokey little tale. I guess as sort of a 'How Things Go Down When Your Kid Skips Town' manual, it's interesting to see the whole missings-person process. Maybe if your kid has vanished, you can find some sort of empathy here, although if my child had gone missing, there's no way I'd be reading this book because I'd be dead drunk, or living in the woods. Or both.
The only thing that had a chance of hooking me in was this Dark Secret that all Kim's friends carried around with them, and we all know how I love a Dark Secret. But it's like a chapter was missing, or something, because one minute the Dark Secret was secret, and the next minute everyone knew about it, but there was no Big Reveal, you know? And what's the point if you're not going to be all, Voila!! Let all be unveiled!!!
So...bleurgh. I got this book from the B&N First Look Club, which I guess means I have to participate in the discussion, but I'm so unenthused. Maybe I'll just go on there and make outrageous claims, and get myself blocked.