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“A fast-moving
page-turner. . . .

Donlea skillfully
maximizes suspense by juggling narrators and 
time all the way to the shocking final twists.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Well worth the read.”

Booklist

“Donlea’s sophomore effort is solid.  He keeps the reader guessing and second-guessing until the end, thanks to an expertly crafted abundance of potential suspects.”

—Library Journal

#TheGirlWhoWasTaken
Now in Paperback
with a stunning new cover!
  06.29.21 

Her

Truth

Was Only

Half The

Story. . . 

 

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THE GIRL WHO WAS TAKEN 

A Story of Two Girls . . . 

 

The One Who Returns 

 and the One Who Doesn't 

 

 
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S U M M A R Y 

Available in Trade Paperback


06.29.21 

Her truth is only half the story . . . 

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Two abducted girls–one who returns, and one who doesn't. 

Megan McDonald and Nicole Cutty are high school seniors when they are abducted from a small North Carolina town. Two weeks later, Megan miraculously reappears, having escaped from a bunker hidden deep in the woods. Nicole is never seen again.    

One year later, Megan has written a bestselling memoir about her time in captivity, and about her escape. As the memoir climbs the best-sellers lists, Megan is transformed from local hero to national celebrity.

Dr. Livia Cutty is a fellow in forensic pathology, training at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina. Her sister, Nicole, has been missing a year when the body of a young man – an apparent suicide – shows up in her morgue and offers Livia the first clue to Nicole’s fate. The body also tips Livia off that everything in Megan McDonald's bestselling memoir is a lie. 

 
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ARTICLE 

THE BIG REVEAL 

Charlie Donlea’s secrets

to creating a memorable plot twist.

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TWO GIRLS

ARE TAKEN . . . 

ONLY ONE 

RETURNS 

 
 
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Chilling and suspenseful.
I was gripped from the first page.”
Candice Fox, bestselling author of Crimson Lake 

If you loved THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, don't miss this sensational suspense thriller, that will keep you guessing to the very end . . .

Her truth is only half the story . . .

The Girl Who Was Taken AU
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Spanish Edition

La Chica Que Se Llevaron 

The highly anticipated upcoming psychological thriller —Spanish edition by Author Charlie Donlea will be available for USA Spanish-speaking readers, as well as Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Spain, and other countries. 


 

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