Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield
Becca has always longed to break free from her small, backwater hometown. But the discovery of an unidentified dead girl on the side of a dirt road sends the town—and Becca—into a tailspin. Unable to make sense of the violence of the outside world creeping into her backyard, Becca finds herself retreating inward, paralyzed from moving forward for the first time in her life.
The story is simple, the writing poetic, and the setting as alive as the characters. Rosenfield does a brilliant job telling not only Becca’s story, but Amelia’s. The first few chapters draw you in like a fish on a line. And while some of the chapters in the middle drag on a bit and seem to restate things previously said - detailing small town life, etc - most of them do hold at least one crucial bit of information.
The ending, though, is what blew me away. As you realize Amelia’s life is about to end, and Becca is about to discover how and why, there’s no choice but to read with baited breath on the edge of your seat. This book is terrifying, and explored the good and evil in everyone. It makes you realize that you never know who you can really trust. Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone is a compelling, simple story told in a big, bold way. It’s worth a read if you’re looking for a good mystery.
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