The Girl Who Lived by Christopher Greyson

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Greyson Media
Release Date: November 4, 2017

What should have been a fun birthday retreat turned into a nightmare for Faith Winters. Her 13th birthday plans shattered when she watched her older sister's murder. Also killed where Faith's father, friend, and friend's mother. Police shut the case believing her father killed everyone before killing himself. Faith knows it wasn't her father she saw.

Ten years later, the anniversary of the murder is closing in. Faith's released from a psychiatric hospital just in time for that anniversary. Others want her to stay sober and focus on rebuilding her life. Faith wants one thing. She wants to uncover the truth and make sure a murderer pays for his crimes.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Faith is a pretty unreliable witness. Every time she thinks she sees the killer, she's usually broken her sobriety and sucked down multiple shots of whiskey. I thought that would make it hard to believe her stories, but I soon realized I had the killer pegged. Then I'd question myself because Faith really didn't seem reliable.

If you're like me and try to solve the mystery before the characters in the book, this one is full of subtle hints. From time to time, there are twists tossed in. When that happened, I questioned myself a few times, but I kept coming back to the same person. I love a book where I succeed in my mission, but where I'm also never quite sure. It builds suspense well.

RTR's Bottom Line

The Girl Who Lived is dark, often sad, and completely compelling. I started it expecting to read a few chapters and then get chores done. Not the case. I started it and stayed up to finish it in the same day.


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