The Girl I Used To Be


I received this ARC from Macmillan Children’s Publishing group and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was the perfect lazy Sunday read; short, mysterious and fast-paced.

Olivia wasn’t always Olivia.  When she was three her father killed her mother and left her behind.  She believes this for fourteen years until new evidence indicates that isn’t what happened at all.  Now 17 and living on her own, Olivia decides to return to her hometown and find out what really happened.

I’m not going to forgive.  Someone murdered my parents and left them underneath the cold sky and thought they got away with it.  They were wrong.

With the help of a new old friend, Duncan, and a kindly neighbor, Nora, Olivia creeps closer to the truth and tries to find home again.

To me, Nora’s house is full of things I long for.  But none of them are tangible.

Olivia hasn’t led an easy life and the answers she seeks only make it that much more difficult but she’s determined to find the truth and the peace that comes with it.

Home’s the place where when you have to go there, they have to take you in.

This isn’t a complicated read but I will say that I didn’t guess the villain before the end which is in and of itself a feat.  I recommend this as a summer beach-read.

Three Stars.

Expected Publication: May 3, 2016