Sorry that it has been so long! Senior year is crazy.

Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she’s starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life. 

Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. Old memories come rushing back. And now, as she meets her new coworkers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set in motion? And when push comes to shove, how far will she go to uncover the truth… before it’s too late?

(taken from the inside cover of Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch)

Never Missing, Never Found is an excellent read. It has been one of my favorites to read this year, and my very favorite that I’ve chosen to review.

The book centers around Scarlett, who was kidnapped when she was 8 years old. Now she’s 17 and still adjusting to normal life. The book opens with Scarlett applying to work at Five Banners Adventure World, home to all of her favorite superheroes, the chief of whom is Skywoman. She plays a big part in Scarlett’s life, especially during her kidnapped years.

Scarlett is plagued by the haunting memories of her years as a captive of the woman aptly nicknamed Stepmother, who runs some sort of prostitution ring; though Scarlett is used as a servant not a prostitute (thank God!). She is also haunted by the memory of Pixie, a girl who was with her during those years, a girl that Scarlett said she killed.

Even though Scarlett wanted the job at Five Banners to escape her past, the girl who hires her goes missing only a few days after Scarlett starts working, bringing back fresh memories and a plethora of sayings such as “never missing, never found.”

Scarlett bonds with two of her coworkers, Connor and Katharina. But one of these has hidden, nefarious intentions.

The ending twist of this novel is absolutely phenomenal. The main problem of mystery novels is their often guess-able twist endings. That was not the case in this book.

5/5

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