Girl Number One by Jane Holland

Setting: Cornwall
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Release Date: September 27, 2016



When she was just six years old, Eleanor witnessed her mother's murder. She's all grown up and back teaching in her hometown. On the anniversary of her mother'd murder, she takes a jog through the woods where her mother was killed. Her usual route's been shut, so she takes the path that leads right by the site where her mother died. To her shock, she finds the body of a woman with "3" written on her forehead.

Police reach the scene after interviewing Eleanor. There's no body. They suspect Eleanor is imagining things. When Eleanor does find another body, this one with a number 2, it's clear that Eleanor's past is catching up with her.

Girl Number One is pretty creepy. The pacing keeps you hooked, and the characters are likable. The killer's identity didn't stump me. The ending had a few holes that bugged me. If I could see things, I certainly don't get why police were so blind. I had it pegged early on, but there are a number of characters that do keep you questioning your suspicions.

If you like the recent spate of psychological thrillers, you'll enjoy Girl Number One.


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