The Fall of Lisa Bellow

The Fall of Lisa Bellow

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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Baker & Taylor
When a popular middle-school girl is abducted in broad daylight by a masked man, the victim's rival, Meredith, struggles with terror while their community organizes vigils and searches. By the author of The Broken Places.

Simon and Schuster
The breakout novel from the critically acclaimed author of the short story collections Who I Was Supposed to Be and Why They Run the Way They Do—when a middle school girl is abducted in broad daylight, a fellow student and witness to the crime copes with the tragedy in unforgettable ways.

What happens to the girl left behind?

A masked man with a gun enters a sandwich shop in broad daylight, and Meredith Oliver finds herself ordered to the filthy floor, where she trembles face to face with her nemesis, Lisa Bellow—the most popular girl in her eighth grade class. Lying there, Meredith is utterly convinced she will die. But then the gunman orders Lisa Bellow to stand and come with him, leaving Meredith cowering in the wake of a life-altering near-tragedy.

As the community stages vigils and search parties for Lisa Bellow, Meredith spends days shut away in her room, hiding in the dark landscape of her imagination. Meredith’s mother, Claire, can see that her daughter is irreparably changed—she is here, but not. And as Claire grows more and more desperate to reach her, it becomes clear that Meredith is in a place where Claire can’t go, searching for Lisa Bellow where no one else can.

The Fall of Lisa Bellow is a beautiful illustration of how one family, broken by tragedy, finds healing and makes sense of the nonsensical. In this “daring” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), “sharp, and suspenseful” (Publishers Weekly), “utterly captivating and achingly beautiful” (Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia) novel, the critically acclaimed Susan Perabo asserts herself yet again as an engrossing storyteller and a master at cracking open the human psyche.

Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, [2017]
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476761497
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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Jun 30, 2017

This book is well written and it held my interest to the end, which I hated. I didn't feel like anything got resolved. I don't like suspense but the story seemed interesting. I guess this book is better suited to people who like deep, deep, deep stuff-I don't. I hated not knowing what was real and what was in the girl's imagination. I found her mother annoying and not very nice and her father a "nice" guy but wishy-washy. So even though it was well written I didn't like the book and won't want to read anything else by the author.

JCLCherylMY May 24, 2017

Meredith and Lisa, two eighth grade girls, are 13 and run in different social circles. Lisa is a queen bee and Meredith and her friends just hope to pass each day invisible to the queen bee hive. One fateful afternoon their lives converge with a devastating outcome. While largely Meredith's story, Meredith's mother, Claire, also tells her family's story through the lens of a mother's eye. Perabo does a wonderful job of weaving the theme of blindness, seeing, and shadow into the complexities of the story making it a richer experience.

multcolib_karene Apr 30, 2017

A gripping, intriguing story about a crime and the aftermath. But it's more than that - it's a coming of age story and it's about families and and loss and guilt and healing. Beautifully written with lines that made me stop and reread them (''...her mother's smile looked like she'd drawn it on her face after consulting an illustrated encyclopedia of expressions.''). All of the characters are fascinating but I especially liked hearing all the inner, rather hilarious, thoughts of Claire, the mother.


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