Guest Post by Kendra: Book Review of The Tenth Girl

Guest Post by Kendra: Book Review of The Tenth Girl

The Tenth Girl

Author: Sara Faring
Publication Date: September 24, 2019
Publisher: Imprint
Page Count: 458
Format: Paperback ARC
Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Cover Artist: 
My Rating: ★★★

So, I feel like this book was very 50/50 for me. There were things I thought it did well delivering on and things that felt out of place and kind of flat.
I was very excited for this Patagonia Gothic horror with an unimaginable twist. As far as the setting and the atmosphere goes, I was very pleased about the feel of it. It delivered on remote location, isolation and the feeling of almost being trapped by the wilderness. It was cold and dark and gloomy and the Gothic feel of curses and crumbling structures really gave me that spooky feel I was hoping for.
However, I feel that the plot was lacking for me. The way the structure of the language is poetic and full of pleasant similes, metaphors and analogies. (And by pleasant I mean well done, cause they were definitely spooky and fitting for the setting.) But the flow was off for me. I felt like I kept waiting for that moment when everything clicks into place and I’m excited to keep reading instead of falling asleep or just giving up because I’m not following. (And maybe I’m just stupid lol).
The other reason I say that this book is fifty fifty is because of the ending. I feel like it was one of those endings where you either love it and appreciate the attempt made by the author or you think it was a big swing and a miss. And honestly, I feel like I might be the only person caught in the middle. I thought it was a good surprise and kind of fun, however I also feel like it might have been a build up to a disappointment. I just felt like I had to wade through a lot of boring plot to get to the end.

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