If you’re like me, then there are few things that seem more appealing than a good mystery novel on a cold Rochesterian evening. Thankfully, April Henry, who will be arriving this May for TBF, has written several books that fit this description. One of her more recent works: The Girl I Used to Be, a roller coaster ride of a story about a girl who is the sole survivor of a killing when she was three, a killing that claimed both of her parents’ lives… a killing that she might just be beginning to remember.
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?
Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?
One of my favorite parts of reading The Girl I Used to Be was the main character, Olivia Reinhart. She’s quite the interesting character, looking for both revenge and a connection to her past life. Both tasks are fraught with peril, especially since anyone from before could, in fact, be her parents’ killer (no spoilers, of course!). However, Olivia is more than up to the tasks that await her, a driven and clever protagonist that is enjoyable to watch. Also quite fascinating is her description of the world around her. The town of Medford, where she grew up and is now returning, is revealed to her both as it is in the present and how it appeared years ago in her youth. Memories of how it once was could hold clues to what really happened to her parents. Its many inhabitants, each with their own stories and relations to the victims, hold secrets awaiting to be unravelled.
So , then, who did it?
You’ll just have to read the book to find out!