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Cemetery Girl

Cemetery Girl - David J.  Bell I should clarify first and say that I am not the target audience for this book. These types of novels, thrillers/real life sadness whatever, bore me unless they are very well written. Add that fact to the very major problems I had with the themes and plot of this novel and I think I'm being generous with one star. The only reason I finished this book is because I have a goal number to reach by the end of the year.

The major problem I have with the novel is that the rape and kidnapping of the daughter character is used as a catalyst for our protagonist to deal with his abusive father. Yep, a female's pain is once again merely the backdrop for a male to work out his issues. I don't have a problem with a novel about a girl's disappearance and reappearance as told from the point of view as the father, but I don't think the main issue to be worked out should be his.

Also, all the characters have agendas, and while that's great, not a single one of those agendas is about what is best for the girl, except perhaps the mother, and she's the single most villainized character in the novel outside the kidnapper who only appears briefly for a scene or two. The protagonist is so concerned with finding out WHAT happened that he loses sight of the fact that he might not need to know right at that very moment because his daughter isn't ready to talk about it.

And then there's the fact that I plain didn't like the protagonist. He was a self-centered jerk and hard to sympathize with in any way.