From a bright new talent comes a riveting psychological thriller about an American exchange student in France involved in a suspicious accident and the journalist determined to break the story and uncover the dark secrets a small town is hiding.
On a quiet summer morning, 17-year-old American exchange student Quinn Perkins stumbles out of the woods near the small French town of St. Roch. She is barefoot, bloodied, and unable to say what has happened to her; Quinn's appearance creates quite a stir, especially since the Blavettes - the French family with whom she's been staying - have mysteriously disappeared. Now the media and everyone in the idyllic village are wondering if the American girl had anything to do with her host family's disappearance.
Though she is cynical about the media circus that suddenly forms around the girl, Boston journalist Molly Swift cannot deny she is also drawn to the mystery and travels to St. Roch. She is prepared to do anything to learn the truth, including lying so she can get close to Quinn. But when a shocking discovery turns the town against Quinn and she is arrested for the murders of the Blavette family, she finds an unlikely ally in Molly.
As a trial by media ensues, Molly must unravel the disturbing secrets of the town's past in an effort to clear Quinn's name, but even she is forced to admit that the American girl makes a very compelling murder suspect. Is Quinn truly innocent and as much a victim as the Blavettes? Or is she a cunning, diabolical killer intent on getting away with murder?
Told from the alternating perspectives of Molly as she's drawn inexorably closer to the truth and Quinn's blog entries tracing the events that led to her accident, The American Girl is a deliciously creepy, twisting contemporary mystery leading to a shocking conclusion.
©2016 Kate Horsley (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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An audible listener/tried to listen to roughly 200+books I enjoyed this one. It has an interesting story line and the ending was pretty good. It's worth a listen.
I loved the storyline and the narraters were superb! the only problem I had with this book was the ending. I didn't think it should have just ended like tht...which made the rest (or plot) a little hard to grasp
I had high hopes for this book, but sadly, it did not live up to them. The story was pretty good, but it was a little immature in places, mainly in character development. The narrators were terrible. Their French accents were painful, and they really detracted from the story. I was really disappointed in this one, to my dismay.
Maybe. It was really good for a while but I felt like it took too long to get to the ending. By the time we reached the ending, I had already figured out what was going on and was just planning what I would listen to next.
Overall, this was a suspenseful book and I loved the setting in France. The narrator is good too.
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