Book Review: The Girl from the Sea by Shalini Boland

The Girl from the Sea by Shalini Boland

I picked out this book on a whim and I was not disappointed.

A woman wakes up on the beach, washed in with the tide and half drowned, and she has no idea who she is or what happened to her.

Reunited with her boyfriend as the police search for clues, she is reintroduced to her former life. And at first it seems pretty idyllic. She lives in a beautiful town, in a great apartment, and seems to have it all. But as she starts trying to reclaim a life she cannot remember, it seems that underneath the surface shine dwells so etning rotten. With no memories to rely on, she must question everything about herself and her family and friends. After all, she didn’t end up nearly drowned by accident, did she?

This was a fun, quick read (I finished the book in an afternoon). The whole novel is told from the first person perspective, which can be a risky move for an author. However, in Girl from the Sea, the narration is well done, and our perspective from the woman’s point of view is nothing short of paranoia inducing. As a reader, you begin to question the motives of every character you meet, parsing dialogue for inconsistencies and clues. You, much like the protagonist, have no idea who you can trust, or whose version of events is true. It is very, very hard to put this book down once you start.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of psychological thrillers. If The Girl on the Train or Gone Girl are in your TBR, I would advise adding this book to your list.

A free copy of this book was provided by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Girl from the Sea is currently available for purchase.

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