The day before Faith Winters’ 13th birthday Faith and her sister Kim headed to their family’s cabin and as Kim entered she was stabbed, but she was able to tell Faith to run. Faith ran, hid, and escaped, but the killers also murdered their father, Faith’s best friend Anna, and Anna’s mother. After bumbling the case, the local police ruled it a murder-suicide committed by their father, but Faith knew she had seen someone else there. A man she calls “Rat Face” because that is how he looked to Faith.
Ten years later Faith is in a mental facility. Her therapist believes she is suicidal, the police think she is crazy, and everyone else sees her as a drunk and a danger to herself and others. Faith just knows that every waking minute is spent reliving that horrible day.
Henryka Vasilyeva (Henry as Faith calls her) is a Federal agent who has been tasked with checking into Faith’s claim that she saw the killer. Even though the case is officially closed with the local police, Henry believes there is another murder that has similarities and she is willing to investigate further.
Just days before the anniversary of what Faith calls “Death Day” she is released from Brookstone Mental Hospital and sent back to Marshfield, where it all took place. There is no way for Faith to escape her past here, even more so since her psychologist mother has written a best-selling tell-all about Faith called “The Girl Who Lived.”
Leaving a bar in a drunken stupor she catches a glimpse of Rat-Face, though no one believes her because of the alcohol. Over the next few days, she is certain that the killer is watching and terrorizing her, but since everyone has read her mother’s book they all believe that she is extremely close to going insane.
With no one to trust, Faith believes she has to take matters into her own hands, which always gets her into precarious situations and she knows that time is running out for her one way or another.
This is a good book with a very interesting plot. I could immediately connect with Faith and felt deeply sorry for her. While she does some pretty risky things that always backfire on her, I don’t blame her for that, which is unusual for me. I generally want characters that are somewhat aware of what will happen if… However, with the scope of what Faith has encountered, that would go against her psyche as she is far too damaged to think beyond the here and now.
There is quite a large twist to this novel and I certainly did not see it coming. Grayson does a really good job of keeping you guessing about whom to trust and who the real villains are and that is one of the reasons that I really recommend this book.
- The Girl Who Lived by Christopher Greyson
- Paperback: 296 pages
- Kindle: 4030 KB – Also Kindle Unlimited Book
- Audiobook: 9 hours, 39 minutes; Narrated by Greyson Media
- Publisher: Greyson Media Associates (November 4, 2017)
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