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Before She Was Found

A timely and gripping thriller about three teenage girls sneaking out in the middle of the night that had me on the edge of my seat.



Twelve-year-old Cora Landry and her friends Violet and Jordyn, were having a sleepover. They decided to sneak out in the middle of the night to go to the abandoned rail yard on the outskirts of town. Little do they know that their fun and games will have serious consequences.

Later that night, Cora Landry is discovered on the tracks, bloody and clinging to life, her friends are nowhere to be found. Who would want to hurt a young girl like Cora—and why? During an investigation there are many suspects and no one can be trusted—not even those closest to Cora.


Before She Was Found is a timely and gripping thriller about friendship, bullying and betrayal. It’s about the power of social pressure and the price of needing to fit in. Cora, Violet and Jordyn’s characters were so typical of twelve year old girls.

I had a roller coaster ride of a relationship with this book. My initial reaction was to wonder if this was a YA novel, since there was so much teenage angst. And then the book took off, and I could barely breathe. The writing was fabulous. The author drew me in and captured my attention. I could not wait to find out what happened to Cora. I was intrigued with every part of the investigation But then there was a major curve in that roller coaster that I did not see coming. I was totally blown away by the ending. Totally shocked and somewhat angry with the way it ended...

Heather Gudenkauf graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in elementary education, has spent her career working with students of all ages and continues to work in education as a Title I Reading Coordinator. Heather lives in Iowa with her family and a very spoiled German Shorthaired Pointer named Lolo. In her free time Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading and hiking. She is currently working on her next novel.

Thanks to NetGalley, Heather Gudenkauf and Park Row for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher Park Row

Published April 16, 2019

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