The Leaving by Tara Altebrando


One year, in a small American town, six five-year-old children go missing from school. They are believed to have been on a bus that no-one has seen before or since. Eleven years later, five reappear with no memory of where they have been or what has happened. Five families are happy, though changed; one family wait. And wait. The town and, indeed, the country watch with general attitudes changing from happiness upon their return to suspicion and mistrust.

I could not put this down. It’s a quick read that just keeps you wanting more, wanting to know, to find out what they find out as they find it out. At times, it is frustrating, but only because it is frustrating for the characters as well. It’s now been a few months since I read this book and I just keep going back to it – my mind keeps wondering about the characters, about the decisions they made, or the way they were treated. Fascinating.

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