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  • A Stunning Read

    The Girl I Thought I Knew is a breathtaking mysterious read that is full of secrets to uncover. For her second novel, Kelly has created an intriguing plot that had me hooked and enthralled right from the beginning. At times it was very hard to tear myself away from and I was completely immersed in all that Kelly brought to the story. Told solely throughout from Daisy’s point of view, the narrative moves from the past and present seamlessly as Kelly gives the reader the background into why Daisy had to flee her hometown as she became an outcast and labelled ‘the crazy one’ as the blurb states “for telling people about the dead girl she saw that summer’s day in the woods. A girl who looked just like her, and whose body was never found”. When she receives a wedding invitation from her childhood best friend Stella, the last thing she wants to do is return to her North Carolina hometown. Not knowing if she can forgive Stella for not standing by her when no one else did all those years ago, Daisy knows that if she wants a happy future she needs to return home and confront the mysteries of her past. The characters in this story have all been created with depth and are very well developed. Daisy as the lead is the one that stands out the most. The sadness that flows off her, both breaks your heart and makes you angry with how she has been treated by those who are meant to love her. You just want to protect her and wrap your arms around her to shield her from any more unhappiness. This is the first book I have read from Kelly and it will most definitely not be my last. I really enjoyed her style and how she was able to make me feel like I was there, entangled in the mystery. Kelly achieves this through beautifully descriptive prose that is just so effortless in its approach. I look forward to hopefully many more books to come from Kelly. The Girl I Thought I Knew is a captivating read that will have you completely immersed as secrets are exposed in the lead up to the thrilling conclusion that I did not see coming. It is a story of loss, love and how past relationships can shape a person in the present. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review The Girl I Thought I Knew which I highly recommend. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Kelly Heard for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Girl I Thought I Knew which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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  • Spellbinding!

    If your favoured reading material is a compelling tale with a good sprinkling of drama, heartbreak and harboured secrets, then The Girl I Thought I Knew by Kelly Heard is a must-read for you! Right from the opening line there was such a lot happening in this wonderful suspenseful drama. Daisy was an interesting character and it was a journey to get to know her. The story goes seamlessly back and forth between in time and is told exclusively from Daisy's point of view in a gripping tale of friendship, first loves, betrayal, trust, and hope for the future. The author really worked wonders with most of the characters and even the less personable ones still had very good parts to play and did not dampen my enthusiasm for this fascinating tale, as I was immediately drawn into their lives. There was lovely depth and poignancy to Kelly Heard’s writing which kept me hooked throughout. I totally appreciated this story and its realistic, touching portrayal of a young woman and her relationships with her partner, Anderson, her parents and her best friend from her schooldays, Stella. The plot was great and moved along at a really comfortable pace and I was very happy with the author’s general writing-style. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it with confidence. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Bookouture via NetGalley at my request, and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Keeps you hooked

    The book had a fairly slow start but once I got into it I just kept going, one more page not wanting to put it down

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  • Could have been more

    This book wasn't exactly what I was expecting. The story line had a lot of potential but there wasn't any climax or that "aha" moment. I was expecting more. This book definitely left me hanging.

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  • Excellent read

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s the first one I have read from this author and will not be the last. I was engrossed from start to finish finding it hard to put down.

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