The Life Group

by Maura Jortner

Genre: YA Thriller

Release Date: January 9th 2017

Lakewater Press


Every day since her sister vanished, Rachel has visited the radical church where Leah was last seen. There are still no suspects or leads, but Rachel’s positive clues lie in that church somewhere.
Thirteen days on from Leah’s disappearance, the pastor introduces Rachel to Tim, a devout worshiper of his Lord. To avoid dealing with his own demons, he agrees to spend the day helping Rachel search for her sister. It’s Saturday, March 14. Maybe today will be the day. Maybe todayRachel will be reunited with Leah. Or maybe today will change Rachel’s life forever.
For fans of GONE GIRL, this gripping Young Adult thriller will
keep you guessing until its explosive climax.
‘…a truly original storyline and taut pacing that pulls the reader relentlessly toward the devastating conclusion.’ USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Stormes Hawker
‘Teens and adults alike will devour this rollercoaster story…’ Emily Bleeker, author of

My Review:

This book kept me on the edge of the seat all throughout. It was cleverly written. Its about Rachel, whose sister went missing for thirteen days, who decided to investigate on her own. So she went to the place where her sister, Leah was last seen, in a radical church. Its pastor introduces her to Tim, who is remembering his brother’s death exactly a year ago., March 14th.  Tim volunteers to help her find her sister. Their first visit is with Leah’s boyfriend, Mason, who revealed several shocking confessions.

I really like the writing style where there were insertions of videos of some people, whose identities were revealed near the end. This book will keep you guessing until you will be surprised at the revelations.  This is the first Maura Jortner book that I’ve read and definitely wont be the last. I really look forward to this kind of thriller, mystery that will keep you on your toes.  This story is definitely recommendable to mystery fans.

I was given an advance readers copy of this book that I chose to voluntarily review.




About the Author

Maura Jortner grew up in New Hampshire and now lives in Waco, Texas with her patient
husband, two amazing daughters, and one nruly cat. She teaches literature and writing classes
at Baylor University. A lifetime ago, she used
to direct plays and put on puppet shows for kids,
which led to a Ph.D. in Theatre History. Currently, when Maura’s not writing, she’s spending her time like every native-born Texan: worrying about how many chiggers might be hidden in the grass outside her house or if she put enough sunscreen on her kids.
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