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Before She Was Helen by Caroline B. Cooney

A fast paced story about a 70-year-old woman, a plethora of secrets, and a drug dealer


Clemmie is a woman in her 70's who lives a seemingly normal life in a retirement community known as Sun City. Except her life isn't normal. Her neighbors think her name is Helen. And one of her neighbors has disappeared.

At some points, the book flashes back in time to the 1950's, when Clemmie was in high school. Through these flashbacks readers learn the dark secrets that Clemmie harbors.

As Helen becomes involved in a surprising turn of events, she hopes to keep her secrets safe. Readers will discover that nothing in Sun City is as it seems, and everyone is keeping secrets.

My thoughts/feelings:

This book was fantastic! It was not at all what I expected, but I loved every minute of what I got. Clemmie's past was horrific and made me angry and sad. Her present life was humorous, dangerous and exciting. I was on the edge of my seat with anticipation to see how things played out.


Thank you to NetGalley, Poisoned Pen Press and Caroline B. Cooney for the advanced copy of Before She Was Helen in Exchange for my honest review.

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