The Girl in the Woods by Patricia MacDonald

This book didn’t have much going for it. Beside The Girl in the Woods by Patricia MacDonald being a quick read with a few twists and turns, I really can’t be more enthusiastic about it.

Blair Butler’s life is pretty great, she has a fantastic career, she’s successful and beyond canny. Her sister on the other hand has had her fair share of ups and downs. Still living under her uncle’s roof and under his control, Celeste and her son live a very unhappy life.

Fifteen years ago Molly Sinclair was murdered after leaving her best friend Blair’s house. Her body was found days later and Adrian Jones, a young black man, was convicted of her murder and has spent fifteen years in jail. At the time of the investigation, Celeste denied being with Adrian Jones during Molly’s murder. Blair is now forced to return to see her terminally ill sister one last time where she reveals a guilty secret on her deathbed. Celeste had been with Adrian but never gave him an alibi.

Blair promises her sister she’ll right this wrong and find the real killer. In an attempt to find the truth Blair faces many difficulties. As Blair begins to investigate what really happened, some aren’t too happy to stir up what happened all those years ago. Can the murderer still be out there and does he know Blair was told the truth about an innocent man sitting in prison?

So, let’s just say this was a decent page-turner that went pretty quick. By the time I was finished, I didn’t really feel anything for it. The characters weren’t interesting and the plot was pretty easy to figure out early on. I think having read so many fantastic mysteries and thrillers lately, this felt rather flat. That doesn’t mean other people wouldn’t enjoy this book, I just feel I’m clouded by really great books before this one.

Putting this all aside, there were some positives. The creepy wooded setting was intriguing and made me think of where I grew up, and how when I was little we always played there. I can’t deny there were some really good twists that I didn’t see coming either. Blair’s background was very fascinating too and I’m grateful MacDonald gave us that aspect.

Patricia MacDonald’s The Girl in the Woods is a quick thriller, but it is very predictable with unlikeable characters. While I found it to be decent, it didn’t stick with me and I honestly wouldn’t read it again. All things considered, if you’re looking for a very fast read, with some twists thrown at you, this book is for you.

Thank you to NetGalley, Black Thorn and Patricia MacDonald for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

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