The Girl Who Lived by Christopher Greyson


I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley and Greyson Media Associates in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinion of the book in any way. Thank you for the advanced reading copy.

Faith and her sister Kim head to their parent’s cabin to celebrate Faith’ s 13th birthday. It should have been a fun weekend. However, this day ends with four people murdered and Faith as the sole survivor. Fast forward to 10 years later, as Faith is released from a psychiatric hospital, nearing on the 10 year anniversary of the murders. Faith sees the man she believes committed the murders everywhere. Is her perspective to be trusted, as she binge drinks often and is an unreliable witness?

This book had me in parts. In the first few chapters, I was paging through quickly, hooked. Even though the main character is Faith, I found her unlikeable and not redeeming in any way. The main thing that bothered me about this book was just how unbelievable so much of it was. Greyson does give you twists aplenty, but they seemed rushed and somewhat unbelievable. Some twists I did predict and some caught me by surprise. I give an extra half star for some clever twists; I just felt like there were too many of them to actually be believable. I also took some issue with the whole “crazy woman, unreliable narrator” trope that’s been making the rounds in this genre.

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