The Longings of Wayward Girls by Karen Brown | Book Review

STATS:Paperback, 336 pages (I had a Kindle version)
Published July 2, 2013
Washington Square Press
Series - No

Description From Goodreads:
It's an idyllic New England summer, and Sadie is a precocious only child on the edge of adolescence. It seems like July and August will pass lazily by, just as they have every year before. But one day, Sadie and her best friend play a seemingly harmless prank on a neighborhood girl. Soon after, that same little girl disappears from a backyard barbecue—and she is never seen again. Twenty years pass, and Sadie is still living in the same quiet suburb. She’s married to a good man, has two beautiful children, and seems to have put her past behind her. But when a boy from her old neighborhood returns to town, the nightmares of that summer will begin to resurface, and its unsolved mysteries will finally become clear.

My thoughts:
I am so glad that I was able to get an ARC of this book on NetGalley. From the first page of a news report about missing girl Laura Loomis, I was drawn completely in. The story is mainly focused on Sadie Watkins, who is now an adult. it alternated between summers in the 1970's to her present day which is the summer of 2003. But it did take a little reading to see how Laura and Sadie are connected.
Throughout the book, you see the longings of Sadie as a child to have a "normal" mother and of her as an adult trying to find peace with a recent miscarriage. The story turns out to be as much about a Town haunted with missing children as that of Sadie being haunted by her past.
I truly enjoyed this book even if it was a little macabre. It reminded me of Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn that I read earlier this year. I completely recommend it to anyone ready to but down the beach reads for fall.

More About the Author: Visit her website.

My Previous Review: The Chaneysville Incident

It is important to note that I received this Kindle edition as a courtesy from Washington Square Press via NetGalley in return for a book review. That being said, the feelings expressed in this review are my own and were not influenced by an outside source.


  1. Gah. Sharp Objects gave me the heebie jeebies (the END, OHEMGEE!). Anyway, haha, as much as it was creepy, I did like it so this one's going on my list! :)

    1. I totally didn't see the ending coming in Sharp Objects. Parts of it yes, but the real ending, NOT. AT. ALL. Completely crazy.

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