The Dead Girl in 2A by Carter Wilson

This book had its ups and downs, but I feel The Dead Girl in 2A by Carter Wilson is definitely a book worth picking up this summer!

Jake Buchanan feels like he might somehow know the woman sitting next to him on his flight to Denver, he just isn’t sure how. Clara, the woman sitting in 2A, feels she knows Jake as well. As the two get to talking, they both agree they seem familiar, but they’re not sure how. As more of their story unfolds on the plane, Jake reveals he’s to write an obscure man’s memoir, and Clara is there to kill herself.

As they exit the plane, each to their separate locations, Jake follows Clara into the crowded terminal, feeling helpless, but wanting to stop her. What transpires after they get off that plane and the manipulative figure that brought them together, decades after the two meet is what makes this a twisted book. While neither Jake nor Clara can come up with the link between them, it certainly is there!

While I was expecting more of a psychological thriller, what I got was more science fiction, fantasy. If you’re into that kind of style, you’re really going to be pleasantly surprised by this book. So, having recently read Blake Crouch’s new book Recursion, I found myself enjoying this book more than I expected!

The beginning of this book drew me in with some decent writing and plot development, and while there were a couple of twists, I wasn’t blown away by them. I think more than anything, the plot is what really made this book better than it seemed. Having gone from psychological thriller to science fiction, it kept my attention and left me wanting to know how it would end.

I will say, one of the negatives of this book was the ending. I’m not going to ruin it for others, but you will eventually become aware of the subplot, and then the ending feels like it was folded up too neatly. While I was expecting a possible mind blowing twist at the end, it was rather flat and predictable.

Overall, The Dead Girl in 2A by Carter Wilson is definitely not what I was expecting from the summary of the book. That being said, it was a nice surprise from the other thrillers I’ve read lately. While it was a decent read, there weren’t many major twists or a mind-blowing ending I was hoping for. I think it shouldn’t be missed this summer, because it really isn’t like other books!

Thank you to NetGalley, Poisoned Pen Press and Carter Wilson for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.


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