Late last week I finished up “Missing” by Karen Alvtegen, which I don’t even think I posted about. When I saw the book at Goodwill I thought it looks interesting.
Born into a life of privilege, Sybilla has spent the past many years living as a homeless person on the streets of Stockholm. Sometimes, to give herself a special treat, Sybilla visits the bar of the Grand Hotel where she charms a visiting businessman into buying her drinks, dinner, and a room for the night. But one night Sybilla picks the wrong businessman. When his mutilated body is found the next morning Sybilla becomes the prime suspect. And when another mutilated body is found soon afterward Sybilla is suspected of being a serial killer. Alone and on the run Sybilla has to look for a way to save herself.
It was slow, at first I thought it was because it was just the start and most books are slow to start, but then it got bouncy between the present and the past. I struggled with wanting to read it. I didn’t find much joy in continuing and no real need to find out what happens. It was just… boring. All the way through. I did end up finishing it, with hopes it would pick up, but it never did.
I went back to goodwill in search of something that would catch my interest, as I often do, and I found The Saddest Girl in the World by Cathy Glass.
The true story of Donna, who came into foster care aged ten, having been abused, victimized and rejected by her family. Donna had been in foster care with her two young brothers for three weeks when she is abruptly moved to Cathy’s. When Donna arrives she is silent, withdrawn and walks with her shoulders hunched forward and her head down. Donna is clearly a very haunted child and refuses to interact with Cathy’s children Adrian and Paula. After patience and encouragement from Cathy, Donna slowly starts to talk and tells Cathy that she blames herself for her and her brothers being placed in care. The social services were aware that Donna and her brothers had been neglected by their alcoholic mother, but no one realized the extent of the abuse they were forced to suffer. Cathy begins to wonder if she can find a way to help this child or if Donna’s scars run too deep.
I started reading the book over the weekend, and it hasn’t disappointed! I have a hard time putting it down, not wanting to wait to find out what happens.