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02 March 2016

The Girl I Used to Be

A great way to hook mystery readers into reading thrillers; not recommended for reluctant readers.

Henry, April. The Girl I Used to Be. Henry Holt & Co BYR, 2016.

Olivia's mother was murdered when Olivia was just a small child. After aging out of the foster care system, Olivia finds out that her father's remains have been discovered as well. It was always thought that Olivia's father murdered her mother, but what if they were murdered by someone else entirely? And what if that person knew that Olivia was searching for the truth?

Like many of Henry's works, and many procedural crime shows, this book starts in the middle of a chase scene, then rewinds to the events leading up to the chase scene. Unlike many crime shows and Henry's other works, though, this wasn't the page-turning thriller I expected. The entire book exists only to explain the dramatic chase scene that happens in the second-to-last chapter, right before the final "everything is fine and we're all happy now" scene. I would recommend this book to teens who enjoy mysteries and procedural crime shows, but unlike Henry's other works, I wouldn't give this book to reluctant readers, because the bulk of the novel moves to slowly to keep the reader turning pages.

Bottom Line: Bypass this one in favor of books by Nick Lake, James Patterson, or others.

Recommended for: teens
Red Flags: violence
Overall Rating: 3/5 stars

Read-Alike Suggestions: The Name of the Star, The Rules for Disappearing, The Naturals

I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley for the purposes of review.

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