Thursday, December 29, 2016

Henry, April. The Girl I Used To Be.

Henry, April.  The Girl I Used To Be.  Henry Holt/Macmillan   2016  229p  $16.99  ISBN 978-1-62779-332-2  ms/hs  Mystery/Detective  VG

Olivia Reinhardt was five years old when her mother was killed and her father disappeared. She went into foster care and was adopted, and her name was changed to Ariel Benson. After gaining her legal adult status she sets out to investigate  the murder in the town where her parents lived. An elderly woman who lived next door to her mother’s home befriends her. As she meets people and works in town she starts to unravel the details of her parents’ lives there.

The plot is straightforward, which allows the read to enjoy the characters. This is a fast
-paced read with lots of twists and turns. Readers will root for Ariel, who is a stable and enterprising young woman who faces struggles with determination. This is a very well written novel that will appeal to many young readers.  It is recommended for any high-school library.

Summary: This is a murder mystery about a young girl who starts out to find her parents killer fourteen years after the murder.     
Murder-Fiction                                                                                                           --Linda McNeil

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