Miss Me When I'm Gone

Miss Me When I'm Gone : A Novel

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"A very clever wordsmith."
--New York Times Book Review

"Ms. Arsenault...reveals strange truths beneath everyday surfaces."
--Wall Street Journal

Emily Arsenault's first two novels, Broken Teaglass ("a beautifully written, engaging mystery" --Dorothy Allison) and In Search of the Rose Notes, received resounding critical acclaim. With her third, Miss Me When I'm Gone, she firmly re-establishes her standing among Laura Lippman, Tana French, Jennifer McMahon, Megan Abbot, and the other major players in the literary mystery game. Arsenault enthralls with this story of what ensues in the shocking aftermath of the sudden, violent death of the successful author of a "honky-tonk Eat, Pray, Love," when an old college friend of the murdered woman comes across an unpublished manuscript--one which could possibly lead to the writer's killer. A former lexicographer, English teacher, children's librarian, and Peace Corps volunteer, Emily Arsenault has found her true calling as an author of twisting, intelligent, emotional, and exceptionally compelling mystery fiction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 354 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 25.4mm | 294.83g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0062103105
  • 9780062103109
  • 1,380,178

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Author Gretchen Waters made a name for herself with her bestseller Tammyland--a memoir about her divorce and her admiration for country music icons Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton that was praised as a "honky-tonk Eat, Pray, Love." But her writing career is cut abruptly short when she dies from a fall down a set of stone library steps. It is a tragic accident and no one suspects foul play, certainly not Gretchen's best friend from college, Jamie, who's been named the late author's literary executor.

But there's an unfinished manuscript Gretchen left behind that is much darker than Tammyland a book ostensibly about male country musicians yet centered on a murder in Gretchen's family that haunted her childhood. In its pages, Gretchen seems to be speaking to Jamie from beyond the grave--suggesting her death was no accident . . . and that Jamie must piece together the story someone would kill to keep untold.
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Rating details

686 ratings
3.5 out of 5 stars
5 13% (86)
4 39% (269)
3 37% (251)
2 9% (63)
1 2% (17)

Our customer reviews

Jamie is almost seven months pregnant when her college friend, Gretchen Waters, dies suddenly and under mysterious circumstances. Gretchen had been working on a follow-up to her first book, Tammyland, when she died, but when Jamie is given her notes, it appears that Gretchen had changed her plans for the book and was investigating her mother's murder and her paternity instead. It seems that someone has had a secret for many years, and that someone does not appreciate Jamie following up on Gretchen's notes. This novel had my interest from the very beginning. The front cover looked interesting; the back cover blurb sounded good, and when I started reading, I was hooked. When the back cover of a murder mystery mentions Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton, you know you've found something new. Growing up in Kentucky, I had heard quite a bit about Loretta and Dolly, but I actually learned quite a bit about Tammy (nice name, BTW). Ms. Arsenault's writing style holds the interest of the reader. Chapters of the current mystery are interspersed with chapters of Tammyland, the "memoirs" of Gretchen Waters. Great idea. She grabbed my attention on page 6 with her description of an email sent by Gretchen to Jamie. Jamie read it but did not respond, and then was riddled with guilt after Gretchen's death. This is the type of thing I can imagine doing. But the description of the email itself was what first caught my attention: "This was Gretchen's version of a drunk dial: a garbled email full of cryptic, vaguely sentimental insights without much context. (And with a little practical bit at the end, to make it all seem casual.)" This is a description half of my friends could give of my emails. It was slightly embarrassing seeing it in print, but knowing that a stranger had written that line meant that I had to read the rest of the book. And when it was finished, I was sorry to see it end. 5 stars Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Goodreads First Reads book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."show more
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