The Leaving by Tara Altebrando


Six were taken. Eleven years later, five come back–with no idea of where they’ve been.

Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to.

Until today. Today five of those kids return. They’re sixteen, and they are . . . fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn’t really recognize the person she’s supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they’re entirely unable to recall where they’ve been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn’t come back. Everyone wants answers. Most of all Max’s sister Avery, who needs to find her brother–dead or alive–and isn’t buying this whole memory-loss story




 I received this ARC for a  honest review.

This is not a style of book i would normally read, but i was presently  suprised.

So the story begins much as the the cover says eleven years ago six kindergartners disappeared without a trace. Now five are back.

The Leaving creates a intriguing story  concept. That appears to be so real that  you could so easily imagine  seeing it on the news head lines around the world. Which makes it all the more chilling.

The Leaving is told through a three person  perspectives. Lucas and Scarlett are two of the returned children and Avery the sister of Max, the boy who is still missing. 

Everyone wants answers, but are they prepared for what they will discover.

With no real memories of their lives todate the 5 teenages must not only rediscover who they are, likes dislike, but also learn about their family.

I was surprised that i found myself  enjoying  this book, as i was pulled into this world. The Leaving is going to be a little of a hit or miss with people. It is going to be a book that you are either going to like or not.
Having said that i think this is a book that you should give a chance.



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