The Girl Below

The Girl Below

Book - 2012
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A young woman, recently returned to London after ten years away, finds herself slipping back into her childhood and ultimately must solve the mysteries of her dysfunctional family, grief and death, love, and her very ideas of self and place in the world.
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Penguin, 2012.
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 324 p. ;,20 cm.
Notes: Cover subtitle: A novel.
Previously published: New York, NY : William Morrow, c2012.


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May 28, 2018

I persevered until the end, and actually found it a bit of a let-down. I was not really enjoying the book but thought it would get better as I went along. I found the heroine not very sympathetic and the plot somewhat unbelievable. Actually, I think the mother's story might have been a better vantage point for this novel than the daughter's. Flashbacks and hauntings are well and good in a story but the ones here didn't really give me a sense that something had happened to the heroine back in her childhood; only that something had happened she had witnessed. I guess we were supposed to be carried along with her in her uncertainty but for me it wasn't working. I also understand that Madeleine was a red herring but think she could have been used to much more effect, as could the whole Aunt Peggy locket substory. I think this book missed the mark.

MsNavillus Sep 05, 2013

I agree that the main character is not the most likable, but I love a book that keeps me guessing.

Jul 27, 2012

I only got half way thru this and had to give up because the main character is so awful. Did not like her. Something weird happened in her childhood and I wanted to know what but I never got there.

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