Friday 14 January 2022

Book Tour | The Girl She Was by Alafair Burke | prettylittlewriter

I'm super excited to be participating in the blog tour for this absolutely brilliant book!

I've never read anything by Alafair before, but after reading this, I now want to go back and read her previous novels.


 'She calls herself Hope Miller, but she has no idea who she really is.

Fourteen years ago, she was found thrown from an overturned vehicle, with no clue to her identity. Hope started a new life, but never recovered her memory.

Now she's missing. With nowhere else to turn, Hope's best friend, Lindsay Kelly, calls NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher.

In pursuit of answers, three women search for the truth beneath long-buried secrets. And when their searches converge, what they find will upend everything they've ever known.'
I was really impressed by this novel. It went in a way I was not expecting, and I was quite shocked at how gritty and dark it got! There are secrets within the secrets, and every character seems to be hiding something.

I really liked the character of Ellie, the cop, and was pleased to find that Alafair has written books about her before, so I will definitely be reading those at some point! There were also many characters that went through so much within the novel, that I couldn't help but feel so much empathy for them.

The only reason I haven't given this novel 5 stars, is because I didn't think it was necessary for there to be more than a sisterly/friendship bond between Lindsay and Hope. It just felt like it had been thrown in as a little extra to the novel, and wasn't really needed as a close bond between friends can be just as strong if not stronger than lovers.

The twist at the end was brilliant and I did not predicted it at all. 

Thank you so much to Faber & Faber for allowing me to participate in the book tour, and overall I was thoroughly impressed and would highly recommend it to any crime fiction fan!

4.5/5 stars

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