As an author, Gretchen Waters knows what it takes to craft a compelling story. Her highly popular memoir Tammyland chronicles the lives of her favorite country stars Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, and Loretta Lynn. A honky-tonk tribute to these trailblazing women, Gretchen regales the woes of her own divorce and personal issues as she pays homage to these legendary figures in Southern history.
Reminiscent of her iconic heroes, Gretchen meets misfortune when she plunges to her death at a library event promoting her latest release. Her tragic accident is met with much grief by her fans, family, and especially close friends such as Jamie Madden. A college best friend, Jamie has a hard time accepting that Gretchen is really gone. When Gretchen’s mother asks Jamie to become her literary executor, Jamie readily accepts the challenge in order to hold on a little longer to her departed friend.
As Jamie begins to delve into Gretchen’s unfinished work, she finds herself drawn to Emerson, NH to explore Gretchen’s roots. What starts out as a kind gesture for a cherished friend turns into a full-blown investigation into an author’s questionable death. From taped voice recordings to missing notebooks, Jamie can’t help but dig deeper into the mysterious life of a woman she thought she knew. As the stakes get higher, Jamie puts her own marriage on the line to find the truth.
MISS ME WHEN I’M GONE is the third novel by the New York Times notable author Emily Arsenault. Her story within a story framework captures the reader’s attention making the plot truly unpredictable with lots of twists and turns. Her country music vignettes intertwined within the body of the mystery are the glue that holds this novel together. Well-written with accents of humor, raw emotion, and pure joy, I certainly will miss these characters long after they are gone.