Never Missing, Never Found
Summary:Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she's starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life.
Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. Old memories come rushing back. And now as she meets her new coworkers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set into motion? And when push comes to shove, how far will she go to uncover the truth . . . before it's too late?
Sometimes it may look like someone is doing something bad, or evil, but when you look more closely at the situation, you realize that whatever’s happening may not be so bad or evil after all. It may be warranted. Maybe even good.
I’ve said before that Amanda Panitch one of my favorite YA mystery authors (second only to Abigail Haas), and Never Missing, Never Found solidifies that position – and then some. It’s a shame her books are so relatively unknown because they are absolutely fantastic.
Scarlett was kidnapped when she was eight, but she managed to escape and return home. Now 17, Scarlett wants to have a chance at normalcy, so she applies for a job at an amusement park. But when an amusement park employees goes missing, memories begin flooding back and Scarlett realizes the past isn’t done with her.
Scarlett is a well-written and complex protagonist. As the story goes on it becomes clear that Scarlett knows more than she’s letting on and you’re forced to judge how much of her narrative to believe. If there’s one thing I love about Amanda Panitch’s books it’s her complex and well-developed unreliable narrators, and Scarlett is no different.
My one minor complaint is that I just wish there was a little more depth to the secondary characters. They were well-developed, but I feel like they could have just been a bit more complex.
I’ll admit that I didn’t quite like this as much as I loved Panitch’s debut Damage Done, but this is still an amazing thriller with a great, unpredictable twist. I am so excited to read whatever Amanda Panitch writes next.