The Girl with No Past by Kathryn Croft
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Twenty years running from your past. Today it catches up.
Leah Mills lives the life of a fugitive - kept on the run by one terrible day from her past. It is a lonely life, without a social life or friends until - longing for a connection - she meets Julian. For the first time she dares to believe she can live a normal life.
Then, on the twentieth anniversary of that day, she receives a card. Someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won't stop until they've destroyed the life Leah has created.
But is Leah all she seems? Or does she deserve everything she gets?
Review by Brittany:
I requested a copy of this book through NetGalley because the description of the book sounded interesting to me.
One of my favorite things about this book is how it keeps the reader in suspense. Throughout the story, the reader is aware that Leah, the main character, has a past she wants to hide from. She alludes to it constantly, using her past and the things she’s done as a way to explain why she has a low key job, a small, empty flat, and no friends or significant other. When she starts getting harassed by someone who is aware of what she’s done, the intrigue goes up a notch. I did like how Croft switched between the present and the past to eventually lead the reader to the events of Leah’s past that she’s trying to stop thinking about.
I also really loved the ending, the very last chapter. It was an interesting twist to the story and explained more of Leah’s personality than any other single chapter in the book. It also explained more of why Leah was carrying quite so much guilt.
I did think the writing was a bit choppy and the “villain” of the book was a little disappointing, but this doesn’t take away from the suspense or the enjoyment of the book as a whole.
Overall, I thought this was a really good book. The plot was suspenseful and interesting, and the author threw in enough twists to keep it from being predictable.