Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone

Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone

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Unveils the details of a horrific murder, its effects on permanent and summer residents of the small Appalachian town where the body is discovered, and especially how the related violence shakes eighteen-year-old Becca's determination to leave home as soon as possible.
Published: New York :, Dutton Books
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781101574072
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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May 16, 2015

Well written but the plot wasn't there. Ending had little closure.

JCLBethanyT Jun 18, 2013

i couldn't agree with the early commenter more. Beautifully written and a damning portrait of small-town life, of its highs and its lows. For the atmosphere, crafted language and character study, I see this as a young adult counterpart to Gillian Flynn. However, as a mystery, Amelia Anne left me personally unsatisfied. The "twist" was fairly apparent early on, the killer and the motives are transparent from the beginning. I wished that there had been more plot married to the other wonderful things about this book.

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

A very effectively atmospheric moment in a small town the summer a stranger shows up beaten to death by the side of the road, the impact the event has on the residents who like to think they are too isolated and sheltered for that kind of shocking, sad, gruesome event. Malaise, distrust, and ripples of violence all wash over Becca and her life as the repercussions spread.
Rosenfield does a nice job of capturing the feel and mentality of small town life and of showing the deep, hard to articulate emotions of the characters; but she does so a bit too heavy-handedly, belaboring her points and making us feel the strain of her writing efforts a bit too much. She's unsubtle about the subtle, if you will, and too often what should be the unspoken backdrop moves forward to dominate the action. It's very pretty and I was moved by it, but it seemed to lack the foreground substance I wanted.


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