The Leaving by Tara Altebrando
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It was a troubling day when six kindergarteners got on a bus and disappeared. It has been eleven years and now five of the children have returned. They are sixteen years old and seem to be fine, except they cannot remember anything from the past eleven years. As the five try to come to terms with their missing memories and clues they seem to have left for themselves, they also want to know about the missing sixth boy and why Max didn’t return with them. Is Max dead or alive? Why were they taken and will they get their memories back?
The Leaving is a jam packed thriller that lets the reader slowly discover the truth along with the characters. Readers will begin to question the roll memories have in forming a person’s personality and if memories can be removed or shaped by another’s hand. As a stand-alone novel the climax gives the reader a satisfying ending without feeling forced or artificial. A good escape read that will keep readers turning the pages all the way through.
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