Book Review | The Girl Who Survived by Lisa Jackson

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

*I received a free advanced copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

Summary: All her life, she’s been the girl who survived. Orphaned at age seven after a horrific killing spree at her family’s Oregon cabin, Kara McIntyre is still searching for some kind of normal. But now, twenty years later, the past has come thundering back.

Her brother, Jonas, who was convicted of the murders has unexpectedly been released from prison. The press is in a frenzy again. And suddenly, Kara is receiving cryptic messages from her big sister, Marlie — who hasn’t been seen or heard from since that deadly Christmas Eve when she hid little Kara in a closet with a haunting, life-saving command: Don’t make a sound.

As people close to her start to die horrible deaths, Kara, who is slowly and surely unraveling, believes she is the killer’s ultimate target. Kara survived once. But will she survive again? How many times can she be the girl who survived?

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

My Thoughts: This story was good and kept my interest, but it just didn’t ‘wow’ me. The ending was predictable and disappointing. The writing also threw me off a bit. There were multiple times when the author repeated the same thing, just worded a bit differently three paragraphs in a row. How many times do we need to read the same thing?

I also didn’t really relate to the characters at all. Kara had zero character development and I found her to be a little annoying. Jonas is super important to the story, but also has no real character development. Marlie’s story was extremely predictable and her ending was extremely weird and disappointing.

This book comes out June 28th, if you’re interested in reading it.

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