08 May 2019

Before She Was Found | Book Review


A gripping thriller about three young girlfriends, a dark obsession and a chilling crime that shakes up a quiet Iowa town.

For twelve-year-old Cora Landry and her friends Violet and Jordyn, it was supposed to be an ordinary sleepover—movies and Ouija and talking about boys. But when they decide to sneak out to go to the abandoned rail yard on the outskirts of town, little do they know that their innocent games will have dangerous consequences.

Later that night, Cora Landry is discovered on the tracks, bloody and clinging to life, her friends nowhere to be found. Soon their small rural town is thrust into a maelstrom. Who would want to hurt a young girl like Cora—and why? In an investigation that leaves no stone unturned, everyone is a suspect and no one can be trusted—not even those closest to Cora.

Before She Was Found is a timely and gripping thriller about friendship and betrayal, about the power of social pressure and the price of needing to fit in. It is about the great lengths a parent will go to protect their child and keep them safe—even if that means burying the truth, no matter the cost.

Publisher: Park Row
Release Date: April 16, 2019


Friendship, urban legend, obsession, and so much more… Heather Gudenkauf’s Before She Was Found is a chilling and creepy thriller, one that’s hard to put down.

Together for the sake of a school project, Cora, Violet, and Jordyn have clear differences, but a single sleepover is capable of upending each of their lives. The story, full of mystery and suspense, unfolds skillfully as Gudenkauf delivers twists that kept me riveted until the very end.

A fast-paced read that shouldn’t be missed, Before She Was Found is intriguing, for sure—I recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Heather Gudenkauf is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Not a Sound. Heather lives in Iowa with her family.



  1. I just purchased this one because every review has been so great for this, I can't miss it. Thank you for being on the tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

  2. It’s on my wishlist, thanks for sharing your thoughts