The Girl From The Sea was kind of an impulse buy for me, I saw it on a blog somewhere and the cover got my attention. The premise also appealed to me- a woman recovered from the sea, with no memory of what happened to her, trying to piece her life together- and having to navigate the lies of those closest to her. What's not to like? So I gave it a shot- and I'm glad I did. It was different than I expected, but I blew through it and it kept me wondering- what really did happen to her?
Mia has no memory of anything before her accident- if it was an accident. The circumstances are certainly suspicious- but her boyfriend soon shows up and she starts to piece together her life. I was expecting a story where everyone close to her was lying or had a secret- and that was sort of the case, but it played out different than I expected. Mia is likable for the most part, I felt sorry for her and was rooting for her to find out about her past-and I had my suspicions about happened. It seemed kind of obvious as time went on, but I was only partly right. There's a nice twist that stirs the pot a bit and as time goes on I thought Mia was a bit naive- I thought she should have suspected certain things more. But early on I thought her portrayal was spot on- I don't know what it would be like to lose your memory, but I thought the author did a realistic job showing that.
The reactions of those around her, the police behavior- I thought all that made sense. And I especially liked how Mia and her boyfriend Piers were portrayed- it seemed realistic given the circumstances. I had a few issues again with how Mia looked at things towards the end- it seemed like she got more gullible than I would have thought- but other than that this had my attention and it was a fast read. A nice psychological thriller- it's been compared to The Girl On The Train in the marketing push and I thought this was better. I would probably give this 3.5 stars and if you like a story with suspense and surprises this is a good choice.