They keep me on my toes, trying to figure out what is going to happen next. But the van that picks up the nine-year-old kids is not from the camp. The police are baffled as there are absolutely no clues to connect anyone to the kidnapping. The first two Acts are first-rate, and the psychological portrayal of Lena Trainor is good. Lena is thrust into a maelstrom of emotions as she tries to figure out what is happening.
The kidnappers arrive earlier than the legitimate pick-up time and have a logo on their own kidnapping van and wearing camp t-shirts. After passing the bittersweet parental milestone of putting her daughter, Sarah on the bus to sleep-away camp for the first time, Lena Trainor plans to spend the next two weeks fixing all the problems in her marriage. Eigenlijk wil ik dit boek 3,5 ster geven omdat ik het niet top vond maar wel vermakelijk. But when a second bus arrives to pick Sarah up, a horrified Lena learns that the first was part of an efficiently orchestrated ransom plot. It's got an ingenious setup, wonderfully cranked tension and suspense and some well-timed twists -- all rendered in a slick and supremely confident fast-forward style.
Once I got past these aesthetic flaws have I really gotten past them? Although the clues are obvious so that law enforcement seems inane and to a degree the parents one can claim trepidation and grief for the latter , readers will relish this gut-wrenching human drama. What made her so fearless as compared to Linda, Tommy, and Franklin? For the most part, the stories of the secondary characters are abruptly and unsatisfyingly dead-ended. The four kids have been kidnapped. As a parent, I can't imagine what it would be like to entrust your child into the hands of someone you thought you could trust, only to have them disappear with no hope of being found. The sections when we see into the minds of the kidnappers is downright creepy — how people can justify things to themselves is scary indeed. The structure of the first half of the novel is excellent. It seemed like a bit of overkill for all families to have the same cookie cut out of being so distraught to send their kids to camp.
Sarah becomes the de facto leaders of the quartet Never Wave Goodbye is a high octane suspense wrapped around several related by the abductions family dramas. What sort of research did you have to do for this book? Discuss the figures of authority throughout the story: Detective Martin, Agent Witherspoon, and the various officers standing guard with the families. I wrote better than this in 6th grade, and really, I am no writer. The kidnapping in the book was not inspired by any true story. He mad Sarah feel at ease about not going to soccer camp instead.
Nothing seems amiss until the real camp van shows up to get the kids. The ending was too contrived and left me dissapointed with the whole book. Lena, Sarah's mom, isn't as excited. But when a second bus arrives to pick up Sarah for camp, no one seems to know anything about the first bus or its driver. Together, the four kids travel deep into the wilderness with a man they know only as Mr.
I was completely captivated by this storyline and eager to see how it all wrapped up. The going back and forth felt almost to frantic at times, as if the author was using the story telling technique to explore the fear and emotional turmoil, instead of the story itself. The next several days pass agonizingly as the affected families snipe among themselves and the shadow of suspicion — warranted and otherwise — touches over all. An unknown assailant has kidnapped the children. When the specifics of the delivery terms throw suspicion on the parents of two of the abducted children, some of the parents begin to turn on each other, exposing fault lines in already strained marriages and forging new alliances.
The bus leaves to pick up three more children and Lena goes inside to finish up with things. Problem is, once Sarah leaves, a second van appears, also ready to collect Sarah. Until the real camp bus comes about half an hour later. To make matters worse, the person who is with the children has a fatal stroke and the children are left abandoned in the woods. I felt like I was in the hands of one of the most self-assured debut authors I'd read in a long time. There is a lot of introspection and the author does a good job of managing a range of characters and their personalities, job lives, and histories.
The psychic linking is unnecessary to the conclusion and the epilogue is disjointed and superfluous. When the authentic driver arrives, the awful truth emerges. Unless the narrator is a professional actor, it's better to simply read the book without any extra drama. When Sarah gets on the bus with 3 other kids that's when it all goes wrong. The young man driving the bus, J. Dit was een leuk boek.