The Girl who Lived – By Christopher Greyson

The Girl Who LivedRating: 

Synopsis2Ten years ago, four people were brutally murdered. One girl lived. 

No one believes her story. 
The police think she’s crazy. 
Her therapist thinks she’s suicidal. 
Everyone else thinks she’s a dangerous drunk. 
They’re all right—but did she see the killer? 

As the anniversary of the murders approaches, Faith Winters is released from the psychiatric hospital and yanked back to the last spot on earth she wants to be—her hometown where the slayings took place. Wracked by the lingering echoes of survivor’s guilt, Faith spirals into a black hole of alcoholism and wanton self-destruction. Finding no solace at the bottom of a bottle, Faith decides to track down her sister’s killer—and then discovers that she’s the one being hunted. 

How can one woman uncover the truth when everyone’s a suspect—including herself? 

From the mind of Wall Street Journal bestselling author Christopher Greyson comes a story with twists and turns that take the reader on a journey of light and dark, good and evil, to the edge of madness. The Girl Who Lived should come with a warning label: Once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop. Not since Girl on the Train and Gone Girl has a psychological thriller kept readers so addicted—and guessing right until the last page.

My reviewDamn!! This was so entertaining !!!

Some of the reasons I liked the book:

1) Had a huge cast of characters but it never felt… overwhelming??? Thank goodness, the author didn’t go down the multi-POV though… (that was one of the main issues I had with another bestseller whodunit this year).

2) It was pretty well-plotted murder-mystery, with enough smokescreen and red-herrings for you to be invested in… And even if you guess the WHO in the whodunit early on (like I did), the WHY is still enough for you to keep flipping the pages. And it is still a lot of fun, to have those li’l nuggets of “truth” about the characters unraveling slowly.

3) What was probably supposed to be the “quieter” moments – Faith’s support group meetings – actually added to the main plot, instead of being something that you would just like to skip.

What could have been better:

1) The dialogue writing during the big revelation. It was kind of… uh.. stilted? I mean.. it literally felt like I was reading :

Person A – HAHA, Yes I am EVIL and I DID everything.

Person B – Oh yes, why am I not surprised.. of course it was you.

It kind of.. stripped the characters of nuance.

2) Faith’s cycle of believing/disbelieving people of their innocence/guilt through the second half of the book felt so rushed, and hence, unrealistic at times..

3) I would have liked it if the support groups and therapy sessions were shown in better light.. I mean, yes, I get it, we see the story through Faith’s lens.. and the reasons she has to distrust everyone and everything are plenty.. but it is just that… there is way too much sarcasm thrown at support groups, therapy psychiatric counselling that… it just didn’t sit well with me… The author did try to balance it out by having some other characters talk about how it helped them though..

Overall impressions I would definitely recommend the book, if you want to enjoy a good, ol’ murder mystery, that is fast-paced, with creepy stalkers and set in a small town with a large cast of suspects.