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Today I am reviewing The Girl Who Left by Jenny Blackhurst, published by Canelo.


Twenty-five years ago, a local girl went missing. Now, another girl comes back… 

When five-year-old Elsie Button was snatched from a garden in a sleepy town on the Welsh island of Anglesey, and a local man later confessed, it sent shockwaves through the tight-knit community. How could one of their own do such a thing? Especially when his own little girl was the same age – and the victim’s best friend. 

Kathryn and her family left under the cloak of darkness one night, unable to bear the shame, and the anger of their neighbours. She hardly remembers that time. Now, she suffers the consequences of living under an assumed name, always looking over her shoulder. Her dad has not spoken a word to her since he went to prison. She is haunted by the question: why did he kill Elsie?

When another child is taken from the same garden, twenty-five years to the day of Elsie’s murder, Kathryn is determined that this time she’ll be on the right side. She’ll join the search and atone for her father’s deed, and maybe, just maybe, get the answers she wants. But she’s not prepared for the long memory of the locals, nor the risks of going back. Not everyone on the island wants the truth to come out, and they’ll go to extreme lengths to stop that from happening. 

A gripping must-read psychological thriller from the #1 bestselling author Jenny Blackhurst. Unmissable for fans of K. L. Slater, C. L. Taylor and S. E. Lynes.

“One goes missing…One comes home…”

I was completely consumed by this story. Desperate to learn the truth, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough as I was taken down a path of secrets and lies not knowing who to trust. The tension and suspense is off the charts, the characters are well fleshed out and brought to life and its execution is just flawless.

My first book from Blackhurst, she really left a mark on me with this story! Immediately drawn in and instantly hooked by this compelling psychological thriller with a brilliant twist, I couldn’t have asked for more. I am so pleased to have been introduced to her work and I look forward to reading more.

Thank you to Jenny Blackhurst, Canelo and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Girl Who Left, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google read Play Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Foyles and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.


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Jenny lives in Shropshire where she grew up dreaming that one day she would get paid for making up stories.

She is an avid reader and can mostly be found with her head in a book or hunting Pokemon with her son, otherwise you can get her on Twitter @JennyBlackhurst or Facebook.

Her favourite film is Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, but if her children ask it’s definitely Moana.



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