Title: The Girl with No Past
Author: Kathryn Croft
Rating: 5 / 5 Hearts
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Leah Mills lives a 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 fourteenth 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?
Everyone has secrets. But some are deadly.
It’s clear from the start that Leah is hiding from something. She lives a simple, plain life – punishing herself, running away, keeping secrets and lying. She lives a basic, lonely life in a stark apartment, comforted by her routine, meagre human companionship over the internet, her job at the library and reading. Told in the first person, it alternates between her current existence, and travelling back in time to her teenage self, and the friendship she had with three other people. As the high school friendship blossoms, her current life starts to spiral out of control, as it’s evident that something – or someone – from her past is determined to damage the little peace she has come to cherish.
There are hints and teasers along the way; but the main bulk of the book is watching Leah develop and wondering what happened. Why is she so damaged and what is she afraid of? How do the carefree teenagers link to this shell of a woman? As she tries to solve the mystery of who is causing problems in her present, we’re given glimpses into the past, but never quite enough to piece together the whole picture.
Because it’s told in a very conversational tone, from Leah’s point of view, it was very easy to read, and very easy to keep reading.. and keep reading.. until I no longer wanted to put it down. I had to just keep going and find out what had happened in the past, and what was happening now. It had me gripped from the very first page right down to the final word and kept me guessing at every step of the way.
I would recommend this book to any fans of psychological thrillers.