Review: Little Girl Gone

Why I picked it: I was so excited to read this book with the Manic Mommies Book Club.  Campbell's last book still haunts me.

Synopsis: Madora was seventeen, headed for trouble with drugs and men, when Willis rescued her. Fearful of the world and alienated from family and friends, she ran away with him and for five years they have lived alone, in near isolation. But after Willis kidnaps a pregnant teenager and imprisons her in a trailer behind the house, Madora is torn between her love for him and her sense of right and wrong. When a pit bull puppy named Foo brings into Madora's world another unexpected person--Django Jones, a brilliant but troubled twelve-year-old boy--she's forced to face the truth of what her life has become.

An intensely emotional and provocative story, Little Girl Gone explores the secret hopes and fears that drive good people to do dangerous things . . . and the courage it takes to make things right.

Type: Fiction

Quick Take: I read this book from start to finish in one sitting, while flying back to the states from vacation earlier this year.  It had just the right level of creep factor for me... imagine being held captive while free to leave at any moment... trapped without locked doors.

This was our second MMBC selection from the author (love a return author).  We had a wonderful discussion, talking about the characters in this novel, the decisions we make, and the power someone can hold over you.

I was haunted by the decisions and actions Madora made throughout the novel.  After discussing the book I understood why she reacted like she did but I really wanted her to stand up for herself. Have you read it?  WOW... powerful.

This is a great book club selection - there's SO much to discuss.

Below is the audio from our discussion:

Favorite book by author: The Good Sister

Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Advanced copy for review