Title: The American Girl
Author: Kate Horsley
Genre/Audience: Fiction, mystery, thriller, adult
Publication: William Morrow, 2016
Source: For review, TLC Book Tours
Whew! This story is the definition of a page turner!
Quinn is a 17 year old American exchange student spending time in a small French town. One fateful morning, she comes walking out of the woods scared, bloody, and unable to remember what led her there. To top it off, her host family has mysteriously disappeared. Is Quinn responsible, or does it have something to do with the small town’s sinister secrets? Desperate for answers and a shocking story, the media descends upon the town. Among the reporters is American, Molly Swift, who will do anything to get to the bottom of it, including getting way too involved and telling lie after lie.
I really, really enjoyed this one. It was creepy, mysterious, and incredibly fast paced. The viewpoints alternated between Quinn and Molly, and was told in several formats: blog posts from Quinn leading up to the incident, video diaries from Quinn AFTER the incident, and Molly’s viewpoint in the present. I enjoyed seeing what happened before and what happened after and trying to unravel the mystery and the secrets of the town. I was shocked again and again.
To say that this story is intriguing would be an understatement. I was sucked in from the get-go and felt an unrelenting need to know what was happening. I’m pretty sure I made that “WHAAAAT?” face several times while reading… you know the one. I found myself constantly second guessing what I thought was going on and was continually puzzled.
I’d highly recommend this one to fans of mysteries and thrillers — it kept me up late into the night reading on more than one occasion!
My Rating: 4.5/5