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.
I love this cover! And I'm glad it was fairly realistic in most aspects. If I see it around I may be tempted to try it myself.ReplyDelete
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I hope you do try it. I'd love to see what you think of the twist.Delete
I can see why this was a bit of an impulse buy. Look at that gorgeous cover! I'm not sure if I've heard of this one, but it sounds great. Too bad she was a bit gullible at the end. That drives me nuts in books. Still this one sounds like a win! Excellent review!ReplyDelete
That cover is awesome. She was a bit naive at the end I thought, or towards the end more accurately- but then the twist hits. Wow.Delete
Great review! This is an interesting premise and I'm glad it was done wellReplyDelete
It was pretty good, and I highly recommend it if you like suspense and a good twist. :)Delete
Oooooo this sounds intriguing! I may have to check this one out! Thanks for the review.ReplyDelete
I hope you like it. It's got a good twist. :)Delete
This sounds really good.ReplyDelete
I liked it Yvonne, it's a nice little psychological thriller.Delete
Love the cover!! I liked Girl on the Train so I will have to check this out. Great review!ReplyDelete
I really enjoyed this book, but I don't think comparing it to The Girl on the Train did anything to sum this book up. Great review!ReplyDelete
Wonderful review, Greg! I'm going to get this one too. It sounds exactly like what I'm in the mood for.ReplyDelete
The cover caught my eye too and I like the premise. I think sometimes with these type of books you have to suspend belief a little - the main character always takes too much at face value I think....but if they didn't where would the story be?ReplyDelete
A gorgeous book! I'm kind of into a psychological thriller mood right now - so I'll be keeping this on my radar! Thanks for sharing! :DReplyDelete
This sounds interesting. I haven't gotten around to reading any of the popular thrillers that publishers like to compare books like these to lately (i.e. Girl on the Train and Gone Girl).ReplyDelete
It isn't something I would read, but I agree, the cover is eye-catching. :)ReplyDelete
I've had my eye on this one for a while and now I am definitely going to get my hands on it. Nice review Greg!ReplyDelete
I was interested in this one. But what did you rate The Girl On The Train, if you thought this book was better but only gave it a 3.5? -- Lauren @ Obsessive Book NerdReplyDelete
Ohh you liked it more than I did! I totally agree, the way the author handled the boyfriend situation was realistic and believable. Great review!ReplyDelete
I can see why the cover drew you in! I'm curious about what happened and and how things resolve even though the book didn't end as solidly as it had begun. GREAT review as usual Greg^^ xxReplyDelete
It's awesome when an impulse buy turns out to be a good one. The premise really does sound interesting. It's neat when a twist stirs things up a bit. And I am glad things seemed realistic.ReplyDelete