The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry
When Olivia’s mother was killed, everyone suspected her father of murder. But his whereabouts remained a mystery. Fast forward fourteen years. New evidence now proves Olivia’s father was actually murdered on the same fateful day her mother died. That means there’s a killer still at large. It’s up to Olivia to uncover who that may be. But can she do that before the killer tracks her down first?–From Publisher
Olivia is an emancipated teen who has spent many years in foster care. She comes back to her hometown as a stranger trying to figure out who killed her mom and questions about her dad. Ms. Henry always writes a great suspense mystery and keeps the reader guessing until the very end. This title does not disappoint in this regard. This particular title did seem a little unrealistic in how quickly she found a job, home and acceptance from the town people, including her relatives. Having said this, she does befriend (or reacquaint) herself with an old neighbor boy who seems to lead some credibility to her acceptance around time. This reader was totally shocked on who was the killer. Teens looking for a quick and fast-paced mystery will enjoy this offering from April Henry. For readers who like to analyze their readings, they maybe a disappointed in this title.
Note: I received an electronic version of this title through Net Galley and the publisher, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.