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Gone Too Long is a gripping and heart wrenching story about a small town in Georgia run and terrorized by Ku Klux Klan group of men and women The community of this small town is under the Klan s almost a gang like influence, and for anyone that tries to live a life separate from the Klan s ideas and influence it is almost impossible The story is interspersed with historical facts, which gives a realistic feel to the plot Even though the writing style was truly beautiful and the characters Gone Too Long is a gripping and heart wrenching story about a small town in Georgia run and terrorized by Ku Klux Klan group of men and women The community of this small town is under the Klan s almost a gang like influence, and for anyone that tries to live a life separate from the Klan s ideas and influence it is almost impossible The story is interspersed with historical facts, which gives a realistic feel to the plot Even though the writing style was truly beautiful and the characters were well developed, I found this book to be a little slow and overwritten at times hence the 4 instead of 5 start review However, I am glad I stuck with it, because I ended up really loving this book It was a disturbing, horrifying, and sadly to say, very relevant read, but so worth the time to read it Thank you NetGalley, Dutton Books, and the author, Lori Roy, for giving me an opportunity to read an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion Gone Too Long is a Page turning story about a small Southern town still haunted by the cruel ghosts of its past It is told through a currently popular technique of alternating timelines and points of view Imogene is haunted by a family past steeped in Klan leadership and the cruel games the town bullies played Sort of separate from her family, not wanting to bury secrets, Imogene stumbles on a cellar where a young boy had lived secretly until Imogene busted In after her father s death Beth Gone Too Long is a Page turning story about a small Southern town still haunted by the cruel ghosts of its past It is told through a currently popular technique of alternating timelines and points of view Imogene is haunted by a family past steeped in Klan leadership and the cruel games the town bullies played Sort of separate from her family, not wanting to bury secrets, Imogene stumbles on a cellar where a young boy had lived secretly until Imogene busted In after her father s death Beth s point of view alternates beginning with her home life years ago and one night of horror that resulted in her imprisonment in the cellar and her dreams of one day escaping Both narrators speak without a full understanding of what has transpired and why The reader therefore might be forgiven for being a little confused about what s going on for a while Although an effort has been made to tie the story into historical context, the background and the history only serve as a context for the atmosphere and the closed in feeling the characters have It s not necessarily a civil rights story so much as it is a haunting atmospheric tale It s a small glimpse into two intersecting lives, not a big earth shattering thriller.Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review Beth is 10 years old and lives with her alcoholic mother in Georgia She s been told to stay in the house and not go to the door when she s home alone But she s not alone one fateful day Her babysitter is there and that babysitter does go to the door and opens it That s the day Beth disappears and thus begins a horrendous journey for her.Imogene Coulter s family is known for its connections to the Ku Klux Klan Edison Coulter, the man she calls Daddy, is one of its local leaders He s being b Beth is 10 years old and lives with her alcoholic mother in Georgia She s been told to stay in the house and not go to the door when she s home alone But she s not alone one fateful day Her babysitter is there and that babysitter does go to the door and opens it That s the day Beth disappears and thus begins a horrendous journey for her.Imogene Coulter s family is known for its connections to the Ku Klux Klan Edison Coulter, the man she calls Daddy, is one of its local leaders He s being buried now but his legacy with the Klan continues with his son, Eddie, his daughter, Jo Lynne, and her husband, Garland Imogene tries to distance herself from this part of her family but when she s asked by her mother to get rid of a wire that leads to her grandfather s house, she s tragically pulled into the family s past and history.This is a dark, chilling tale of violence against race This isn t a typical thriller but rather an in depth character study of people whose oppose all that the KKK stand for but whose family members are involved in it Their lives and families are torn between these opposing forces My heart broke for Beth and the life she led after being taken from her home And Imogene, who is no stranger to tragedy herself, is so courageous and broken, she d melt anyone s heart What makes this book evendisturbing are the true life historical references the author places between chapters telling the history of the KKK The most chilling historical fact of all is the most recent one the 2017 United the Right rally in Charlottesville.Recommended This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review A story based on the lifestyle of the KKK So sad but true They truly hated, tortured, and killed people outside of their race Amazes me when people of any color and race feel as though they are superior than others Unfortunately the hate crimes still continue in today s society They took off the sheets and hoods and put on suits and ties. The storyline was excellent, but the writing dragged on and onThere needed to becharacter dialogue and less time spent in Imogene s head. Here s the thing with this read It is interspersed with real history of the KKK, which I always find fascinating and really did add to this story The story goes from Imogene in the present to Beth in the past and then how they collide later The writing is fantastic this is my first by this author and I can understand the accolades given to her for her talent However, for me personally, this story did drag on a bit I wasfascinated and invested in Beth s side of the story Being insid Here s the thing with this read It is interspersed with real history of the KKK, which I always find fascinating and really did add to this story The story goes from Imogene in the present to Beth in the past and then how they collide later The writing is fantastic this is my first by this author and I can understand the accolades given to her for her talent However, for me personally, this story did drag on a bit I wasfascinated and invested in Beth s side of the story Being inside Imogene s head was painful at times.This story is a bit haunting and certainly isn t an easy one to read The KKK has held a prominent place in our history Growing up in the south and by south, I mean deep real south of Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, etc , I ve certainly been privy to their stupid and scary klan Unfortunately in today s climate, they re popping back upin the public eye and it s terrifying absolutely terrifying But this story isthan just about the KKK It s about being a part of a family, being scared, dealing with loyalty and WANTING to be good , but knowing you really can t It s harrowing and timely and not an easy one to get through I struggled at times with the pacing and it didn t QUITE hit the mark for me 3.5 stars Such an amazing story about strength in the face of adversity Overcoming hatred with love The power of a woman and what she will do to stand up for her family This story is told from multiple perspectives and unlike most books it doesn t become confusing It adds to the story, making itpersonable. (DOWNLOAD) ⚡ Gone Too Long ë On the day a black truck rattles past her house and a Klan flyer lands in her front yard, ten year old Beth disappears from her Simmonsville, Georgia, home Armed with skills honed while caring for an alcoholic mother, she must battle to survive the days and months aheadSeven years later, Imogene Coulter is burying her father a Klan leader she has spent her life distancing herself from and trying to escape the memories his funeral evokes But Imogene is forced to confront secrets long held by Simmonsville and her own family when, while clearing out her father s apparent hideout on the day of his funeral, she finds a child Young and alive, in an abandoned basement, and behind a door that only locks from the outsideAs Imogene begins to uncover the truth of what happened to young Beth all those years ago, her father s heir apparent to the Klan s leadership threatens her and her family I LOVE Southern fiction and I had really high hopes for this one especially since it was marketed as a Southern gothic thriller However, Gone Too Long missed the mark a bit for me While the mystery element had me curious at first, I found the overall execution of the story as a whole to be lacking I appreciate what the author was trying to accomplish by tying in the very real issue of white supremacy both from the past to the present day, and the snippets of history sprinkled throughout were I LOVE Southern fiction and I had really high hopes for this one especially since it was marketed as a Southern gothic thriller However, Gone Too Long missed the mark a bit for me While the mystery element had me curious at first, I found the overall execution of the story as a whole to be lacking I appreciate what the author was trying to accomplish by tying in the very real issue of white supremacy both from the past to the present day, and the snippets of history sprinkled throughout were informative and chilling The flow and the pace of the story were very inconsistent for me and in the end I settled on three stars for this one Many thanks to Dutton books for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review