The Girl I Used to Be
By: April Henry
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
When Olivia’s mother was killed, everyone suspected her father of murder. But his whereabouts remained a mystery. Fast forward fourteen years. New evidence now proves Olivia’s father was actually murdered on the same fateful day her mother died. That means there’s a killer still at large. It’s up to Olivia to uncover who that may be. But can she do that before the killer tracks her down first?
There is something so refreshing about reading a book in one sitting. Especially after a reading slump of trying your best to get through a book and only finding that you are halfway done. It is wonderful to have that hooked feeling again, and it is exactly why I enjoyed The Girl I Used to Be so darn much.
There is a little bit of romance, a lot of mystery and sleuthing, and some escaping from the bad guy. I felt that the mystery was very well done, it had enough doubt laced through it and red herrings to trip the reader up that the perpetrator wasn’t obvious. There was a small clue in the first chapter that pointed to the murderer, but it was brief and I didn’t fully trust it until the end of the book. As for the romance, it was cute and sweet and slow to develop, and Duncan proved to be a good match for the prickly and somewhat world worn Olivia/Ariel.
Overall, April was able to weave a convincing and entertaining mystery, one that has me interested in picking up her other works, and a book that not portrayed realistically what it is like to have your world turned on its head, but the trials of growing up in a broken foster care system.
I write mysteries and thrillers. I live in Portland, Oregon with my family.If you’ve read one of my books, I would love to hear from you. Hearing from readers makes me eager to keep writing.When I was 12, I sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He liked it so much he arranged to have it published in an international children’s magazine.My dream of writing went dormant until I was in my 30s, working at a corporate job, and started writing books on the side. Those first few years are now thankfully a blur. Now I’m very lucky to make a living doing what I love. I have written 13 novels for adults and teens, with more on the way. My books have gotten starred reviews, been picked for Booksense, translated into six languages, been named to state reading lists, and short-listed for the Oregon Book Award.I also review YA literature and mysteries and thrillers for the Oregonian, and have written articles for both The Writer and Writers Digest.
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