Today I am reviewing The Girl Who by Andrenia Cordani. This was released on the 14th of January, published by Atom Books.
The girl who… survived
The girl who… inspires
The girl who… has something to hide
People can’t bring themselves to say what happened to her. They just describe her as ‘the girl who… you know…’. But nobody really knows, no one sees the real Leah.
Leah is the perfect survivor. She was seven years old when she saw her mother and sister killed by a troubled gang member. Her case hit the headlines and her bravery made her a national sweetheart: strong, courageous and forgiving.
But Leah is hiding a secret about their deaths. And now, ten years later, all she can think of is revenge.
When Leah’s dad meets a new partner, stepsister Ellie moves in. Sensing Leah isn’t quite the sweet girl she pretends to be, Ellie discovers that Leah has a plan, one she has been putting together ever since that fateful day. Now that the killer – and the only one who knows the truth – is being released from prison, time is running out for Ellie to discover how far Leah will go to silence her anger…
Thankfully most of us will never know what’s it’s like to have your childhood ripped away at the age of seven by witnessing your mother and sister be murdered.
You would think that Leah would have buried the memories of what happened as deeply as possible but, her new stepsister Ellie, suspects that not only does Leah clearly remember that terrible night, she is also planning something awful in an act of revenge.
Wow what a read this one is. The Girl Who is a tense psychological thriller, aimed at young adults, that delves deep into some pretty hard hitting topics, which are conveyed throughout so realistically but, also sensitively.
The characters of Leah, Ellie and Boyd are the main focus of the story and their points of view are alternated through the chapters and different timeframes. They have all been created very well and each carry the story perfectly.
The Girl Who is a super fast paced read and is one that once I got to the end, I was disappointed that it was over. Andreina Cordani is a great storyteller and I would most definitely be interested reading more from her going forward.
The Girl Who is a well written, gripping, compelling and powerful tale for both young adults and adult readers alike. It was a pleasure to read and review The Girl Who, which I recommend.
Thank you to Andreina Cordani and Little Brown Book Group for my gifted copy of The Girl Who, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Andreina Cordani
When she was at school, Andreina Cordani used to get out of PE by saying she would use the time to write a book and dedicate it to her gym teacher. Sadly it took years of exercise-dodging before she was able to complete The Girl Who, and she hasn’t been able to touch her toes since 2002.
In the following years, she pursued a career in journalism, working for women’s magazines including That’s Life, Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping. Specialising in ‘real life’ stories, she interviews seemingly ordinary people about their extraordinary lives – most of which you wouldn’t believe if you read it in a novel.
She lives on the Dorset coast with her family where she reads voraciously, watches YouTubers with increasing fascination and swims in the sea.