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The Girl With No Past

 

By: Kathryn Croft

ISBN:  9781910751237

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication Date:  10/15/2015 

Format: Other

My Rating:  4 Stars 

 

Twenty years running from your past. Today it catches up. A gripping psychological thriller for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. 

 

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 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?  Everyone has secrets. But some are deadly.

 

My Review

 

A special thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.  

UK author, Kathryn Croft delivers an intriguing mysterious psychological thriller, THE GIRL WITH NO PAST —keeping you glued to the pages from beginning to end. 

Leah Mills is hiding from her past. She is living in a small flat in London and works at the library, a short walk away. Somewhat of a recluse, she is living under the radar. She was existing, rather than living. Idle time was a toxic for her. It meant her thoughts could get the better of her. She was keeping they at bay. She spends her evenings a home alone with a book and lives through her characters. 

Once a week she volunteers at a care home, reading to the residents after dinner and keeping them company. She loved the way their faces lit up.

Maria, her friend had turned her on to Two Become One, a dating website. The curiosity got the better of her. At first she was an observer, of course not using her real name. She was convinced no one from her past would recognize her. She looked different now. 

She meets someone online, Julian. He was thirty-six and lived in Bethnal Green. He revealed he was a civil servant and worked in Whitehall. She became nervous, not want to share too much. However, doesn’t she deserve to live a normal life?

Then, the Anniversary. An envelope. The only cards she received were from her Mum on her birthday and Christmas. She knew this was something she would not want to see. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY. HER PAST had caught up with her. Twenty years.

Someone knows what happened. Someone knows her secret. Flashing from past to present, you wonder what happened. What did she do? 

Years ago she was a typical teen, with a group of friends. Imogen, Imogen’s boyfriend Corey, and Leah’s first love, Adam--with deep-rooted psychological issues. Some mysterious mistake left her hiding all these years. 

The author does an amazing job at supplying bits and pieces, spoon feeding the reader a little at a time, keeping you hooked to the end. The tone of the novel was mysterious, drawing you into this web of mystery; page-turning to find out the mystery and the final reveal----many red herrings and twists. 

My first book by Croft -- enjoyed her style. I wish her back list were available on audible-- this is the way I catch up with previous books I missed -- sounds like this is an author to read and follow!

Looking forward to reading The Girl You Lost, Coming Feb 2016.

 

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About the Author

 

Kathryn is always seeking new challenges and has had a wide and varied career before writing her first novel.  After gaining a BA Honours Degree in Media Arts with English Literature, she worked in human resources and management training.  But it wasn’t long before her passion for literature led her to train as a teacher and study for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.  She then spent six years teaching secondary school English; a job she believes was invaluable to her writing career.

Kathryn now devotes all her time to writing and is currently working on her fifth novel.

 

Having always been an avid reader, Kathryn believes in the power of words to entertain, teach and transform lives.  Now that she has achieved the dream she has held onto since childhood – to write a full-length novel – her new goal is to be as successful as the bestselling authors she admires.  She firmly believes anything is possible if you work hard enough and never give up!

 

Kathryn lives in Guildford, Surrey with her husband and two cats, Aphrodite and Isis.

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