The Fall of Lisa Bellow: A Novel
By Susan Perabo

What happens to the people left behind when tragedy strikes? What do they go through? 

A middle school girl is abducted in a convenient store in broad daylight. She disappears without a trace. Meredith is the only witness to her abduction. The masked man leaves her behind. 

After the abduction, Meredith spends most of her time alone. The community tries to rally. Meredith's mom comes to terms with the reality that she cannot protect her child. 

This book is unlike anything I've read recently. It explores the questions about what happens to the people who survive trauma? How do children process fear and grief? How do they cope? How do they heal? Is that even possible? It is a beautiful and sobering read. 

From the Publisher:

The breakout novel from the critically acclaimed author of the short story collections Who I Was Supposed to Be and Why They Run the Way They Do—when a middle school girl is abducted in broad daylight, a fellow student and witness to the crime copes with the tragedy in an unforgettable way.

What happens to the girl left behind?

A masked man with a gun enters a sandwich shop in broad daylight, and Meredith Oliver suddenly finds herself ordered to the filthy floor, where she cowers face to face with her nemesis, Lisa Bellow, the most popular girl in her eighth grade class. The minutes tick inexorably by, and Meredith lurches between comforting the sobbing Lisa and imagining her own impending death. Then the man orders Lisa Bellow to stand and come with him, leaving Meredith the girl left behind.

After Lisa’s abduction, Meredith spends most days in her room. As the community stages vigils and searches, Claire, Meredith’s mother, is torn between relief that her daughter is alive, and helplessness over her inability to protect or even comfort her child. Her daughter is here, but not.

Like Everything I Never Told You and Room, The Fall of Lisa Bellow is edgy and original, a hair-raising exploration of the ripple effects of an unthinkable crime. It is a dark, beautifully rendered, and gripping novel about coping, about coming-of-age, and about forgiveness. It is also a beautiful illustration of how one family, broken by tragedy, finds healing.