The Girl Who Lived
Ten years ago, four people were brutally murdered. One girl lived. No one believes her story. The police think she’s crazy. Her therapist thinks she’s suicidal. Everyone else thinks she’s a dangerous drunk. They’re all right—but did she see the killer? As the anniversary of the murders approaches, Faith Winters is released from the psychiatric hospital and yanked back to the last spot on earth she wants to be—her hometown where the slayings took place. Wracked by the lingering echoes of survivor’s guilt, Faith spirals into a black hole of alcoholism and wanton self-destruction. Finding no solace at the bottom of a bottle, Faith decides to track down her sister’s killer—and then discovers that she’s the one being hunted. How can one woman uncover the truth when everyone’s a suspect—including herself? From the mind of Wall Street Journal bestselling author Christopher Greyson comes a story with twists and turns that take the reader on a journey of light and dark, good and evil, to the edge of madness. The Girl Who Lived should come with a warning label: Once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop. Not since Girl on the Train and Gone Girl has a psychological thriller kept readers so addicted—and guessing right until the last page.

The Girl Who Lived Details

TitleThe Girl Who Lived
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 2nd, 2017
PublisherGreyson Media Associates
ISBN-139781683993032
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense

The Girl Who Lived Review

  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    She was just a child, but the nightmare she witnessed and survived was the end of the innocence of Faith Winters and only the beginning of ten years of living hell. Dark, mysterious and edgy, THE GIRL WHO LIVED by Christopher Greyson is a tale of guilt, deceit and borderline insanity for Faith, because as if surviving the deaths of her father, sister, best friend and best friend’s mother wasn’t horrific enough for a young teen, having her own mother profit at her expense and new found infamy cou She was just a child, but the nightmare she witnessed and survived was the end of the innocence of Faith Winters and only the beginning of ten years of living hell. Dark, mysterious and edgy, THE GIRL WHO LIVED by Christopher Greyson is a tale of guilt, deceit and borderline insanity for Faith, because as if surviving the deaths of her father, sister, best friend and best friend’s mother wasn’t horrific enough for a young teen, having her own mother profit at her expense and new found infamy could drive anyone to the edge. Ten years of institutions, doctors and drowning herself in alcohol to numb the pain, wouldn’t help, either. Faith knew she had to find who killed her family, if only to prove to herself that it wasn’t her. It was when she moved back to her childhood town that she started seeing the Ratman, the man she saw all those years ago, the man she hid from under a log for four hours, the man no one believes exists. Hallucinations? Drunken illusions? Who can Faith trust? Who will believe in her? So far, she is alone, so far only the FBI agent says she will help, but she never does…leaving Faith lost in the vortex of the terror that resides in her mind, of the truth she knows is out there, if only someone would have her back…if only they would see her as more than THE GIRL WHO LIVED.Christopher Greyson’s dark journey runs at breakneck speeds, so hang on for those sharp turns and beware of those who haunt the shadows, because people are dying and things are happening and they all point back to Faith and Faith has nowhere to hide when the secrets all around her start closing in...I had to do a balancing act on the edge of my seat for this one! Wickedly twisted, terrifyingly dark, like running through a monster-filled maze alone, when the lights go out and that next turn is a dead end. Christopher Greyson has just made my “Authors to read when I want to be up all night,” list!I received an ARC edition from Greyson Media. This is my voluntary review!Publisher: Greyson Media; 1 edition (November 4, 2017)Publication Date: November 4, 2017Genre: Suspense | ThrillerPrint Length: 329 pagesAvailable from: AmazonFor Reviews & More: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • [Shai] Bibliophage
    January 1, 1970
    Reading The Girl Who Lived is like watching a great psychological thriller movie because of how brilliantly Greyson's storytelling is. This is one of those books that readers will try to finish reading in one sitting because that is how interesting and exciting the story is. I wonder now on when will come the time for movie or tv producers to make this a movie or TV series of this excellent novel.
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  • Monnie
    January 1, 1970
    My first encounter with this author came via Jack of Hearts, a recent entry in his series featuring detective Jack Stratton. That one made a favorable impression - I look forward to the next one, hint, hint - and when I ran across this new standalone, I considered giving it a try. When I read the description, I was convinced that reading it would be a good idea - so even though it was just days before the release date, I requested, and was approved for, an advance copy (thank you).In fact, it tu My first encounter with this author came via Jack of Hearts, a recent entry in his series featuring detective Jack Stratton. That one made a favorable impression - I look forward to the next one, hint, hint - and when I ran across this new standalone, I considered giving it a try. When I read the description, I was convinced that reading it would be a good idea - so even though it was just days before the release date, I requested, and was approved for, an advance copy (thank you).In fact, it turned out to be a great idea; my concern that I might not get it finished on time vanished after a handful of chapters. NFL and college football games came and went unwatched, Lawrence Welk got recorded, and I even skipped at least one lunch because I couldn't bring myself to put it down. A 5-star rating? A no-brainer.The book's title reflects the title of another book - one written by the mother of Faith Winters. Ten years earlier, Faith's beloved sister Kim and two others died violent deaths, reportedly at the hand of her father, who then committed suicide. Faith, who was present at the time, managed to hide out in the dark woods. She escaped certain death, yes, but she was left with deep psychological wounds. Faith's mother, a therapist, worked through her own grief by way of writing a tell-all book about the daughter - Faith - who survived.Faith continued to bury her anguish by way of alcohol, temper tantrums and other behavioral no-nos, which in turn landed her in a psychiatric hospital. But now, close to the anniversary of the murders, she gets the okay for release - on the condition that she return to the hometown in which all the blood was shed and participate in group therapy programs. No matter what she tries, though, she's not able to shake off the trauma of her past - nor her belief that the father she loved did not commit the awful crimes. That's because she'd seen another person at the scene back then - an unknown man she calls "Rat Face."But alas, no one - not even the police - believed her then, nor do they believe her now. Even when she spots him once again, everyone thinks it's all in her twisted mind. Everyone, that is, except Rat Face, who learns that Faith has spotted him again. Now, he - and possibly his partners in crime - must do whatever it takes to keep from being identified, including making sure that this time, they leave no witnesses. Several twists and turns lead to an exciting conclusion (I won't say it's totally satisfying, but the loose ends get pretty well tied up). In short? Very well done and highly recommended.
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  • Misty
    January 1, 1970
    I think I need my “inner-rater” recalibrated. Many of the works I’m reading seem so majorly flawed, and yet the majority of readers appear to find them enjoyable and perfectly worthy of all the stars. The Girl Who Lived follows in that vein—an average mystery with a ridiculous ending and four and five star ratings that have left me shaking my head.The plot is unique—to that I will concede. Faith is a twenty-two year old woman who has spent the past ten years in and out of mental hospitals after I think I need my “inner-rater” recalibrated. Many of the works I’m reading seem so majorly flawed, and yet the majority of readers appear to find them enjoyable and perfectly worthy of all the stars. The Girl Who Lived follows in that vein—an average mystery with a ridiculous ending and four and five star ratings that have left me shaking my head.The plot is unique—to that I will concede. Faith is a twenty-two year old woman who has spent the past ten years in and out of mental hospitals after surviving a vicious attack that killed her best friend, her best friend’s mother, her own father and sister. Though local authorities have closed the case, convinced her father killed them all and then himself, Faith remembers another man—a man with the face of a rat—whom she believes committed all of the murders and then chased her into the woods. Now that she is finally out of the hospital (again) and in her own apartment, trying to tamp her rage and alcohol addiction, Rat Face is back—and he is stalking her. Is it Faith’s own fear manifesting as paranoia, or is the past finally catching up? That is the question that propels the rest of this book.So not only is the plot reasonably unique, the writing is also solid. The tone in each scene is well-developed, the dialogue is believable and Faith’s character is intriguing and complex. So why three stars? It’s difficult without spoilers, but suffice it to say that for me, the end is cheap and cliche and feels like a betrayal of the trust between author and reader. This would have been a four star read had I not had such a visceral reaction to the conclusion. As it stands, however, three stars feels generous.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Tis the season to be merry and bright and I just gulped a page turning stunner that you best be putting under your tree. Holy Smokes! An unreliable narrator, a cast of compelling characters that make for interesting suspects and I couldn't have predicted the ending even if I had been privy to the first drafts. I have so many questions and I wish I had the author's coordinates because I would probably need to call him, but that would probably just end up with me breathing heavily because my heart Tis the season to be merry and bright and I just gulped a page turning stunner that you best be putting under your tree. Holy Smokes! An unreliable narrator, a cast of compelling characters that make for interesting suspects and I couldn't have predicted the ending even if I had been privy to the first drafts. I have so many questions and I wish I had the author's coordinates because I would probably need to call him, but that would probably just end up with me breathing heavily because my heart is still racing. So darn good!
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  • LadyJBookishNook
    January 1, 1970
    For all my reviews, visit my blog at http://ladyjbookishnook.blogspot.comThe Girl Who Lived is my first read by author, Christopher Greyson. I was hooked at chapter one. The author was able to grab my attention from the beginning and keep it until the end. I could not put this book down and finished it in one day which is super-fast for me. The cover art for this book was amazing!I totally loved the main character, Faith Winters. She is a young girl who comes with many flaws but because of that For all my reviews, visit my blog at http://ladyjbookishnook.blogspot.comThe Girl Who Lived is my first read by author, Christopher Greyson. I was hooked at chapter one. The author was able to grab my attention from the beginning and keep it until the end. I could not put this book down and finished it in one day which is super-fast for me. The cover art for this book was amazing!I totally loved the main character, Faith Winters. She is a young girl who comes with many flaws but because of that it makes her story real and believable. I was rooting for her throughout the book as she dealt with survivor’s guilt, anger, mental illness, thoughts of suicide, and alcoholism. I love books with lots of twists and turns and this one did not disappoint. The author had me guessing clear up to the end. And WOW! What an ending! I thought I had it all figured out then NO…back to square one again. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves psychological thrillers and a good whodunit mystery. Five out of five stars for The Girl Who Lived!!! Thank you Christopher Greyson, Greyson Media Associates, and NetGalley for providing me with a digital copy of this book to read.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Faith Winters and her sister, Kim, were going to their parents’ cabin to celebrate Faith’s 13th birthday. It was going to be a very special day and Faith was excited. But when they arrived at the cabin, something didn’t seem right. As they approached, the door opened and someone grabbed Kim. Kim screamed for Faith to run……..Ten years had gone by and Faith had never fully recovered from the horror she experienced that day. Faith’s sister, father, best friend and her best friend’s mother were all Faith Winters and her sister, Kim, were going to their parents’ cabin to celebrate Faith’s 13th birthday. It was going to be a very special day and Faith was excited. But when they arrived at the cabin, something didn’t seem right. As they approached, the door opened and someone grabbed Kim. Kim screamed for Faith to run……..Ten years had gone by and Faith had never fully recovered from the horror she experienced that day. Faith’s sister, father, best friend and her best friend’s mother were all found murdered. But now, after being treated in a psychiatric hospital, Faith is being released. But she is determined to seek justice for the victims, and to find the murderer.The Girl Who Lived is a first rate, fast paced psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final pages! Twists and turns abound as you reach the final, unexpected conclusion. Thank you to author Christopher Greyson, Greyson Media LLC, and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read the ARC of this suspenseful book!
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  • Sarah Joint
    January 1, 1970
    This is remarkably fast-paced and a really easy read. The case is undoubtedly intriguing, but for me the book suffered from some hard to believe situations and some really stilted dialogue. I'm certainly an outlier in those opinions, as it's gotten very high reviews on Good Reads. Three stars from me still means I enjoyed it, but not quite enough to give it a four. It does keep you guessing! Ten years ago, Faith Winters ran and hid from an attacker. That's the only thing that saved her from suff This is remarkably fast-paced and a really easy read. The case is undoubtedly intriguing, but for me the book suffered from some hard to believe situations and some really stilted dialogue. I'm certainly an outlier in those opinions, as it's gotten very high reviews on Good Reads. Three stars from me still means I enjoyed it, but not quite enough to give it a four. It does keep you guessing! Ten years ago, Faith Winters ran and hid from an attacker. That's the only thing that saved her from suffering the same fate of four others: her older sister, her father, her best friend, and her best friend's mother. In only one night, her life is destroyed and her family is cut in half, with only her mother and her remaining. The killer has never been caught, and Faith has spent the years back and forth from mental hospitals. As the ten year anniversary approaches, she's released back into the town where it all began. Still determined to find the killer but waylaid by her own fractured mind and addiction to alcohol, she finds herself in plenty of perilous situations. In her world, no one can be trusted and everyone is a suspect. But can she find the killer before she's found first... or locked back up? Recommended to fans of thrillers who don't mind some suspension of disbelief and lots of action. The ending is explosive.I received a copy of this book from Net Galley and Greyson Media Associates, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.
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  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    January 1, 1970
    This was an addictive read that I finished in one sitting! I was on the edge of my seat with this story and the plot was gripping! I love cold cases and this was a fantastic crime thriller.I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. To find this review and others please visit touchmyspinebookreviews.com
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  • Lucy Banks
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.A real page-turner, good fun to read.Generally speaking, I'm not a mad fan of the suspense / crime genre, but I'm always happy to give any book a try, especially if it's got some good reviews. I commenced reading The Girl Who Lived with the expectation that it would comply with the standard genre formula, but offer a gripping, fast-paced read. It didn't disappoint. Yes, it was marginally formulaic, but I had a lot of I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.A real page-turner, good fun to read.Generally speaking, I'm not a mad fan of the suspense / crime genre, but I'm always happy to give any book a try, especially if it's got some good reviews. I commenced reading The Girl Who Lived with the expectation that it would comply with the standard genre formula, but offer a gripping, fast-paced read. It didn't disappoint. Yes, it was marginally formulaic, but I had a lot of fun reading it! It starts in an institution for people with severe mental health problems; and that's where we first meet Faith; a twenty-something year old girl with a seriously troubled past. It transpires that her sister and father were murdered in front of her, as was her friend and her mother. The only thing Faith remembers clearly is 'Rat Face', a nasty-looking, thin faced man who was there at the time.On her release, Faith swears to stay off the booze, and not go looking for revenge - both promises that she fails to keep. She starts to see Rat Face everywhere, and worse still, he's pursuing her...Let's start with what was good about this book. I liked Faith a lot. She's brittle, aggressive and completely unapologetic; and I like that the author didn't soften her up or dumb her down. Why should a protagonist have to be likeable, anyway? This made the trauma that she'd suffered feel far more authentic. It was a well-crafted, well-paced read too. At no point was I bored, and I kept those pages turning, keen to find out what was going to happen next. I also didn't guess the final ending, which is always a good thing. However, I had some minor issues with the final pages (and this is so often the problem for me, when reading books like this!). I found it very over-sensationalised and too twisty-turny to comprehend. In short, my disbelief can only be suspended so far, and with this book, it snapped quite a way before the end. There were a few other points where I felt this too - that certain scenarios just didn't feel credible. But I am fully prepared to admit that this is due to me questioning things too much, and other readers may be far happier to go along for the ride without over-thinking it all! To conclude? It's a good example of a book of this genre, done in an entertaining, engaging way. If you're in love with this style of book, it's definitely one to add to the list.
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  • Maranda
    January 1, 1970
    Greyson is a master of weaving suspense and keeping the reader guessing as to who is to blame. Faith Winters is an addict, a survivor, and a women who wonders why she lives. Having spent years in a psychiatric hospital she finally gets to step into freedom. Question is can she revisit Marshfield the place of murder and the killer that was never caught! Danger is chasing Faith and she cannot decide who is friend and who is the monster. Can six shots of whisky decide her fate? "A copy of this book Greyson is a master of weaving suspense and keeping the reader guessing as to who is to blame. Faith Winters is an addict, a survivor, and a women who wonders why she lives. Having spent years in a psychiatric hospital she finally gets to step into freedom. Question is can she revisit Marshfield the place of murder and the killer that was never caught! Danger is chasing Faith and she cannot decide who is friend and who is the monster. Can six shots of whisky decide her fate? "A copy of this book was provided by author via Netgalley with no requirement for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    Wow... just when you think you have it all worked out... plot twist! This book sucked me in.. so much happening. Faith is a survivor.. and she wasn't coping well with it. Drinking too much, medication and bad decisions. Thanks to Netgalley and Greyson Media Associates for a copy of this book to read and review
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  • Salvatore Matera
    January 1, 1970
    Preposterous An illogical twisted plot with an unlikable heroine, and one dimensional characters. There wasn’t a single character to empathize with and when the “truth” was revealed, I didn’t care or believe it.
  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I must say that this book started out slow for me and it took me time to warm up to the main character. This book is about Faith, the lone survivor of a brutal murdering spree and her quest for justice. It depicts her battles with depression and mental illness as well. I found it hard to relate to her at first and also hard to like her, but she grew on me as the story went on and I became more engaged with her and the story. In Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I must say that this book started out slow for me and it took me time to warm up to the main character. This book is about Faith, the lone survivor of a brutal murdering spree and her quest for justice. It depicts her battles with depression and mental illness as well. I found it hard to relate to her at first and also hard to like her, but she grew on me as the story went on and I became more engaged with her and the story. In the end, I really enjoyed the book and I was actually surprised by the ending (and I usually can see the twist a mile away) so that was really fun. Definitely recommend!
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  • Peggy Jaeger
    January 1, 1970
    We all deal with grief in different ways. Some of us survive a tragedy and move on with our lives. Some of us do not.Ten years ago, when she was 13, Faith Winters watched the brutal killing of 4 people she knew and loved. And for 10 years she’s been in and out of trouble with the law and committed to psychiatric institutions because of it. As the 10th anniversary of the murders approaches, she is released from her most recent psychiatric incarceration and sent back to a world where no one believ We all deal with grief in different ways. Some of us survive a tragedy and move on with our lives. Some of us do not.Ten years ago, when she was 13, Faith Winters watched the brutal killing of 4 people she knew and loved. And for 10 years she’s been in and out of trouble with the law and committed to psychiatric institutions because of it. As the 10th anniversary of the murders approaches, she is released from her most recent psychiatric incarceration and sent back to a world where no one believes anything she says. They see her as the sole victim who survived a massacre, never as her own person.Faith has always maintained that the man who was accused of the crime – her father – was innocent. No one believed her back then and no one does today. Faith’s goal now is to find the real killer.Thrown back into a world where she is an outcast, a felon, and considered delusional, Faith must weave and bob through court-ordered therapy sessions, parole meetings and a deal with a mother who profited in the worst possible way from the tragedy of the past.When we first meet Faith, I will admit, she was a totally unsympathetic character for me. The chip on her shoulder had to weigh 5oo pounds and her I hate the world mentality was off-putting. As the story progressed I grew less annoyed with her and began to see her more as a single-minded, multifaceted young woman who, even though the judicial and mental health systems had failed her, never the less stuck to her internal motivation of proving her father innocent at all costs – even her own life. The people surrounding her are all suspects, their behaviors, their words, even the way they treat her are untrustworthy and make Faith feel she is truly on her own – and she is.In this book, Faith survives one event after another that probably would have felled a lesser willed person. Even though she states frequently that she’d like nothing more than to die, her will to live and survive each event is strong.By the final chapters of the book, I was rooting for her to not only find the real killer but to finally believe life was worth living.I was given an arc of this novel from Netgalley for an honest opinion and I can truthfully say The Girl Who Lived is a thrilling rollercoaster ride of terror, harsh emotion, and redemption. Well worth the read!
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    She saw Rat Face man on Death Day and now she cannot get his face off her mind. Faith has spent almost ten years in mental institutes and today her mother is signing her out, she will finally be free, or will she? Faith is having a hard time with the rules of her probation, she needs the alcohol for the rough days and the gun for security and protection. She’d love to join the others but the need for vengeance is stronger. They saw each other by accident, Rat Face and Faith and what happens next She saw Rat Face man on Death Day and now she cannot get his face off her mind. Faith has spent almost ten years in mental institutes and today her mother is signing her out, she will finally be free, or will she? Faith is having a hard time with the rules of her probation, she needs the alcohol for the rough days and the gun for security and protection. She’d love to join the others but the need for vengeance is stronger. They saw each other by accident, Rat Face and Faith and what happens next is anyone’s guess but it seems as if the tables have been turned.There were a few instances where Faith’s behavior made me cringe, what was this girl thinking? She was stubborn and certain in her movements, she’s on a mission. She encounters plenty of roadblocks along the way but they don’t stop her, she finds ways around them. It’s an intense, thrilling novel with an incredible ending. I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Greyson Media in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kylie
    January 1, 1970
    What a fantastic roller coaster ride!I was caught off guard, I laughed, and I cried. I wanna blame PMS, but you guys... this ending is powerful.I wanna be just like Faith, minus the tragedy she endures. This girl is the strongest woman I've ever encountered. When faced with a situation where you can literally trust no one, what would you do? Faith? Well she fought and fought hard. I want to hug her, and tell her I'm proud of her and I admire her.I don't even think I can put into words how much I What a fantastic roller coaster ride!I was caught off guard, I laughed, and I cried. I wanna blame PMS, but you guys... this ending is powerful.I wanna be just like Faith, minus the tragedy she endures. This girl is the strongest woman I've ever encountered. When faced with a situation where you can literally trust no one, what would you do? Faith? Well she fought and fought hard. I want to hug her, and tell her I'm proud of her and I admire her.I don't even think I can put into words how much I loved this book. Suspicion is cast upon so many characters, and they all fit the bill. But the reality of the thing is so much crazier than anyone could anticipate! I'd never say this in real life, but thank god for hidden cameras :)
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  • Shaina
    January 1, 1970
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    "Coulda, woulda, shoulda. Didn't."What a great twisty suspense thriller by an author who's new to me. This is the second book I've read by Christopher Greyson and I want more!Faith is 22 when she is finally released from the psychiatric center. She's been in and out over the years because of her inability to deal with her horrible past. She was the lone survivor -- 'The Girl Who Lived' -- when her father, older sister and friends were murdered in a cabin at the lake on the eve of her 13th birthd "Coulda, woulda, shoulda. Didn't."What a great twisty suspense thriller by an author who's new to me. This is the second book I've read by Christopher Greyson and I want more!Faith is 22 when she is finally released from the psychiatric center. She's been in and out over the years because of her inability to deal with her horrible past. She was the lone survivor -- 'The Girl Who Lived' -- when her father, older sister and friends were murdered in a cabin at the lake on the eve of her 13th birthday. The problem is, she has to return to Marshfield and her therapist mother to begin again. All she wants is to die, or forget -- but she can't because those who did it have never been caught. And she has seen one of them -- "Rat Face." The police don't believe her. They think she is still crazy as ever and an alcoholic with a suicidal bent. She trusts no one. In between working her assigned programs and running from herself and the memories, Faith is convinced that she is being hunted. Everyone she meets is suspect, because, after all, the killers must be close at hand. Though I confess I knew where this was going despite the excellent red herrings, I still enjoyed the narrative. Faith is one determined young woman and she manages to stay alive despite all that is stacked against her. The characters were interesting and the book moved along at a very rapid pace so it was easy to read quickly. A really satisfying psycholgical thriller.Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for the ebook ARC to read and review.
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  • Aimee
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced copy of The Girl Who Lived.I am a huge fan of the Jack Stratton Series, by Christopher Greyson, so I was excited to receive The Girl Who Lived. I like mystery, suspense, thrillers, and psychological thrillers in general. This book definitely fits into those categories.Although the writing style is Christopher Greyson it is a departure from the Jack Stratton Series. The Girl Who Lived is a bit darker, it deals with survivors guilt and addictions that manifest themselves aft I received an advanced copy of The Girl Who Lived.I am a huge fan of the Jack Stratton Series, by Christopher Greyson, so I was excited to receive The Girl Who Lived. I like mystery, suspense, thrillers, and psychological thrillers in general. This book definitely fits into those categories.Although the writing style is Christopher Greyson it is a departure from the Jack Stratton Series. The Girl Who Lived is a bit darker, it deals with survivors guilt and addictions that manifest themselves after a horrendous crime and the aftermath. The main character, Faith, feels she is a broken person. She is alive, but not living. I think anyone reading this book that can relate to her anxiety, despair, and emptiness will appreciate her struggle. But you don't need to be a survivor to get wrapped up in the suspense.I was totally surprised by the ending. I didn't see it coming. But all of the puzzle pieces start to fall into place as you look back. I thought the first two chapters were a bit slow, but you really want to hang in there. I think those first few chapters explain where Faith is and why. Then the story starts picking up... and then I could not put down the book. I was reading from about 12:30am to 6:30am. I was going to read just until I fell asleep. But it is morning, my eyes are dry and bloodshot and it is time to feed the dog breakfast.
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  • Brandy
    January 1, 1970
    Can we say amazing? It was a thrill, page turning ride from beginning to end. At many points, I found myself actually giggling over the author’s sheer wittiness. I know, right? Giggling in a thriller - unheard of! But yes, it delivers in all realms - it tickles many fancies at least for this bibliophile! 5 stars for The Girl Who Lived
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  • Mary Ann Olsztyn
    January 1, 1970
    Another book about a self absorbed drunk. Lots of paranoia. Sooo many characters who could have been suspects to the point of ridiculousness. It got to the point where it was just absurd. Huge EYE ROLL. Don’t waste your time. This book is like a circus with tooooo many clowns.
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  • Leslie Kay
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know why I even bother to finish books that are so unbelievable that I find myself rolling my eyes. NO WAY! I did not like this book. I do seem to be the only one though, so, if you read it and enjoy it, never mind me.
  • E. H. Nathasia
    January 1, 1970
    The protagonist is pathetically annoying and I frowned through the read. But the twist is worth it. One of a few thrillers that managed to surprised the hell out of me! Unexpected!
  • Tam
    January 1, 1970
    I started this book early this morning and was unable to put it down, until I finished, just now! It was divinely dark and angsty. The character of Faith was so complex and deeply-developed, that you are easily pulled into her story and her emotions. Her survivor's guilt weighs heavy on her, sending her spiraling out of control and straight into the pit of addiction. As she tries to reconcile her past, she find herself teetering on the edge of sanity, while also being hunted by a crazed killer.T I started this book early this morning and was unable to put it down, until I finished, just now! It was divinely dark and angsty. The character of Faith was so complex and deeply-developed, that you are easily pulled into her story and her emotions. Her survivor's guilt weighs heavy on her, sending her spiraling out of control and straight into the pit of addiction. As she tries to reconcile her past, she find herself teetering on the edge of sanity, while also being hunted by a crazed killer.The plot of this story moves at a rapid pace and is deliciously twisted, keeping you guessing the whole pulse-pounding way through. I loved the combination of fear and anticipation I experienced, as I wondered what would come next with page I turned. As a devoted connoisseur of psychological thrillers, I found this book to be superbly satisfying and supremely gratifying. It's easy to see why Greyson is a leader in this genre.*I received a complimentary ARC of this story through NetGalley and Greyson Media Associates in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
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  • Devon
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. This book from the very beginning made you think "Oh God. Oh God. Oh God.". There were so many little details that REALLY connected the whole book. From a label on a shirt to a vent in the middle of an apartment. Every little detail this book had made you think back to the beginning to make references and connections. The whole time I read this book, I thought "No way, this is not happening." But then, it happened. Whenever someone or something happened that was a big "coincidence" made me Wow. This book from the very beginning made you think "Oh God. Oh God. Oh God.". There were so many little details that REALLY connected the whole book. From a label on a shirt to a vent in the middle of an apartment. Every little detail this book had made you think back to the beginning to make references and connections. The whole time I read this book, I thought "No way, this is not happening." But then, it happened. Whenever someone or something happened that was a big "coincidence" made me sign and yell "NOOO". Some part even made me mad because I just felt so bad for the main character, Faith. Anyways, this book is about a girl named Faith who is "celebrating" "Death Day" after her sister, father, best friend, best friends sister, and best friends dad all get murdered right in front of her eyes. She was the only survivor that night. Primarily this book is about Faith trying to find the killer(s). There are so many connection and references that really make you think. If you like mysteries and realistic fiction books that make you reference clues, I HIGHLY suggest this book because it was probably the best book I have ever read in my life. 10/10!!!!
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    The Girl Who Lived by Christopher Greyson is the first book I’ve read by this author. And it definitely won’t be my last! This expertly woven story kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t put it down. And I definitely didn’t see the shocking ending coming. One of the best thrillers I’ve read all year! Fans of Karin Slaughter need to check out Christopher Greyson.*ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
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  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    Wow - just wow! I loved this one so much. I stayed up until 4 am finishing this in one sitting. I liked that Faith wasn't a Girl Scout. She had real issues with anger and didn't hold back what she thought. I can't wait to read more from this author.
  • Marla
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy a good thriller. The Girl Who Lived is a good thriller. Faith has gone through a horrific event on her 13th birthday. Her father, sister Kim, her best friend and her best friend’s mom are all murdered while Faith is on the path to the cabin. After running and hiding from the killers, Faith becomes the sole survivor but has she really survived. She has been in and out of mental hospitals, is an alcoholic and often thinks about killing herself. Now 10 years later she is back in her hometow I enjoy a good thriller. The Girl Who Lived is a good thriller. Faith has gone through a horrific event on her 13th birthday. Her father, sister Kim, her best friend and her best friend’s mom are all murdered while Faith is on the path to the cabin. After running and hiding from the killers, Faith becomes the sole survivor but has she really survived. She has been in and out of mental hospitals, is an alcoholic and often thinks about killing herself. Now 10 years later she is back in her hometown trying to start over. Her first night home, after drinking several shots, she thinks she sees one of the killers. This starts a crazy few days of trying to find the killers and not knowing who to trust. This book too me on a roller coaster of a ride, which didn’t reveal the true mastermind until the end. Do you think you know who is behind the murders? You might want to rethink your choice.I received a copy from NetGalley.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Really wanted to like this one but just after a few pages I just couldn't get into the story so unfortunately I'm DNF it , won't be picking it up to finish. With that said I would like to say thinks to NetGalley for giving me a chance at trying to read and review it in a change for my honest opinion.
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