The Girl Who Stayed by Tanya Anne Crosby

The Girl Who Stayed

By Tanya Anne Crosby

  • Release Date: 2016-04-19
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 161 Ratings
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Zoe Rutherford wasn't sure what she was expecting when she returned to Sullivan's Island. The house on Sullivan's hadn't represented home to her in decades. It was the place where she endured her father's cruelty. It was the place where her mother closed herself off from the world. It was the place where her sister disappeared. But now that her parents are gone, Zoe needs to return to the house, to close it down and prepare it for sale. She intends to get this done as quickly as possible and get on with the rest of her life, even though that life seems clouded by her past, both distant and recent. But what she discovers when she gets there is far beyond her imagining and will change her in profound ways. 

THE GIRL WHO STAYED is a remarkable exploration of the soul by a writer with a rare talent for reaching into the hearts of her characters and her readers, a novel of transformation that will leave you moved and breathless.

“A beautifully written, page-turning novel packed with emotion.” 
– #1 New York Times bestselling author Barbara Freethy 

"THE GIRL WHO STAYED is a deeply moving story. I am fascinated by the concept and by Tanya Crosby's stunning storytelling." 
– Stella Cameron, New York Times bestselling author 

“THE GIRL WHO STAYED defies type. Crosby’s tale is honest and sen- sitive, eerie and tragic. It’s a homecoming tale of a past ever with us and irrevocably lost forever. A haunting vision of that chasm between life and death we call ‘missing.’” 
– Pamela Morsi, bestselling author of SIMPLE JESS 

“An intense, mesmerizing Southern drama about a young woman who returns to her coastal home to put to rest the haunting ghost of her sister’s tragic past. Told in the rich, lyrical style of Siddons and Conroy, THE GIRL WHO STAYED is a woman’s story of discovery and acceptance, redefined by Tanya Anne Crosby’s dramatic storytelling, sharp characters, and well-defined plot. A must read for any woman who believes she can never go back home. Fabulous, rich and evocative!” 
– New York Times bestselling author Jill Barnett


  • TheGirl Who Stayed

    By Bdus69
    Good read until the end, made no sense!
  • A Disappointment

    By Jobo238
    I felt like I was left hanging. There was an abusive boyfriend that kept dangling in the story line, like he was going to cause a major crisis...and he just fades away. He's portrayed as the fiendish, heartless, amoral ex-boyfriend who in the end returns the one thing Zoe cares about - hardly heartless. The story concludes abruptly after Zoe has this horrific "dream"; remembers everything that happened the day her sister disappeared (that was all it was???). Thrown casually in the mix are these 3 or 4 women who have disappeared, one body found & Zoe wakes up one morning knowing who the murderer is. None of the storylines meshed very well & ALOT of time is spent reading about Zoe's mixed up mind & memories. The first few times were okay but after awhile it got to be a bit boring. I was disappointed in the book.
  • Warning... Don't buy! Save your time & $$$

    By I don't like ads
    I have read many of Tanya Crosby's books and love them! But this mess of a book was awful! It makes no sense. It's jumps around from past to present and back again. Too hard to follow....or care after awhile. Zoe is a pathetic, boring, lifeless character. It's a dark and depressing story. No life in it. Gone are Crosby's rich storytelling. I always finish a book but after Chapter 4 I skipped to the end (as I sometimes do) ...and trust me it's not worth the time. I love a good mystery book ...and this isn't one. Save your $9.99.
  • Very disappointing

    By egerbig
    I concur with what others have said about the weird wrap-up ending being highly disappointing. I feel like I read through a lot of tangent, self indulgent writing to get to what I hoped would be somewhat of a satisfying ending... But the ending was terrible. Perhaps there are others that would find this enjoyable, but for me, I am feeling bummed out that I wasted my vacation reading on this.
  • Disappointed.

    By TTF2103
    Liked it until the end.
  • Great Read

    By HeelyKL84
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The storyline was engrossing and while the ending didn't give me the closure I would have liked, it was still a great book.
  • so bad

    By stephie hell
    I so regret paying for this crap. The prose is so poor that I couldn't even finish the book. Characters are wooden and completely unsympathetic. Plot is rife with insultingly trite cliché after cliché. The text was not even properly proofread and was published with grammatical errors. Barf.
  • Hdhejecc

    By Hehrjfbdhhvg
    Brush this book is great but not great be ought
  • Writing At Its Best

    By Writing At Its Best
    If you’re looking for a sweet read, tied up with a pretty pink bow, this book is not for you. Tanya Anne Crosby has outdone herself with The Girl Who Stayed. It is my fervent belief that this is her best book to date. Don’t get me wrong; I love her historical romance novels. But this book? It surpasses all her others not only with the writing style, but also with a unique voice that draws you in and doesn’t let you go until the very last sentence. It’s gritty, honest, kick-you-in-the-gut kind of writing. It defies genre or type even though it’s packed with suspense and intrigue. TGWS is about closure and what a person is willing to accept when something bad happens to someone they love. Is the 'not knowing' worse than knowing? Would you rather know every single, sordid, ugly detail? Or would you simply be content knowing that, in the end, the bad guy got what he deserved? Whether or not you prefer stories with a 'happily ever after' ending and neat and tidy bows, you cannot deny that this book is beyond well written. Masterfully woven, gripping, and intense. It has everything I want in a great fiction novel.
  • awesome suspense

    By Wordsandpeace
    Awesome suspense as Zoe revisits her disturbing past and its shadows. Another “girl” in a new book title, and it’s also very good! I discovered Tanya Anne Crosby when she approached me to translate her novels in French. I have so far translated four and am in the process of translating the fifth. So it was good reading The Girl Who Stayed, just for the fun of it. The book opens indeed on an element reminiscent of Gone Girl, with the disappearance of a young girl (much younger than Amy) in a dysfunctional family. But the neat and spooky descriptions of Sullivan’s Island (near Charleston, SC) made me also think of Kate Morton, especially as Zoe, the main character, goes back to her old family home to try to understand her past and what happened to her younger sister, almost 30 years before. Zoe was 10 when her sister Hannah, 8, disappeared. At 39, Zoe still feels guilty for being alive. Though successful in her profession, she’s a broken woman, after a tough childhood and a crazy boyfriend whose anger only matched her father’s. During a 3 month leave of absence, she goes back to the family home she left when she was 18, to fix it and try to finally resolve the mystery of her sister’s disappearance that has poisoned all her life. What will she discover on the island? Will police Chief McWhorter be able to help after so many years, or his son Ethan, or her strange neighbor Walter? And then, more girls disappear… I enjoyed particularly the awesome descriptions of the ocean (its beauty but also its dangers — tidal currents, sand bars, tunnels, cf Edgar Poe and Annabel Lee!) and the scenes of suspense. Having translated several books by Crosby, I can say I’m a fan at how she manages to convey spookiness. The author has also a knack for exploring the psyche of her characters and for creating very vivid true to life dialogs. The book is particularly fantastic if you enjoy stories about dysfunctional families.