Book Review: The Girl Who Lived by Christopher Greyson

I was given this book to make an honest review through NetGalley and Greyson Media Associates.

Ten years ago, Faith survived a brutal set of murders. She’s the only one who did and nobody believes her story. She’s left mentally unstable and alcoholic by what she’d seen as a child. She’s released from a mental institution close to the anniversary of the event. As she investigates the crime herself, the more she finds out, the less able she is to trust anybody.

My first thought is that this is an easy read and I read it quite fast to the end. You do want to know who was responsible and get to the end of the mystery. That was the main drive of the book and it was done well. However, I wouldn’t read another book by this author. I didn’t feel the book was strong enough for me. While the structure was sound, it was the bits that make it up that didn’t feel right to me. Faith is someone we need to be rallying for, she’s our main character but I didn’t like her. She’s in her 20’s now for goodness sake and she acts like a spoiled brat. Her choices were self destructive and leaves a trail of unrealistic carnage in her wake. I understand and empathize with broken characters but this one really needed a slap. I felt many other characters were cookie cutter ones, 2D and undeveloped. There was so much convenience in the plot line, for example how easy is it to just put someone in a mental institute? Apparently very easy when your mother is a psychiatrist. I know it’s in the US maybe it is much easier than here in the UK when you have to prove you are unable to make your own decisions. Who gets released from a mental institute and then left on their own, when apparently you can get put in a mental institution as soon as you disagree with someone? (conveniently with a car, a flat and a timetable to follow). It rankled and felt lazy. It had so much potential other than that. So I will only give it a 3/5. There are lots of people who have reviewed it and loved it, but this is my honest opinion.

About thewytchinghourblog

I'm a horror loving librarian with the need to share reviews of everything horror, gore and spooky related. I'm an avid reader of books, mainly horror, definitely supernatural. I'm a pagan and like to define myself as an eclectic witch. Halloween/Samhain is my favourite time of year from everything pumpkin spiced, the scent of decay and the veil between worlds thinning. So, here we are to share all things blood splattered, things that go bump in the night and crawl out of the darkness.
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