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1.15.2017

Review: Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano

Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Young Adult, Thriller, Romance
Digital/Print (360 pages, ENTANGLED TEEN)
Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.
She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: She’s popular. She wears nothing but black.
Black to cover the blood.
And she can fight.
Tell no one.
She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.
But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad: sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves. The rush of the fight, the thrill of the win―something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…
Author Site: website

Get ready for an all-nighter! (4 stars)


I don't read a lot of YA thrillers but there was something really compelling about LOST GIRLS. While it wound up going in a different direction than I thought it would—which is why I couldn't rate it an "I loved it"—it was very much a can't-put-down book. 

One of my biggest frustrations as a reader is that I very rarely get tricked or surprised by an author. Sure, I take a little pride in being great at figuring the twists out beforehand, but I really love it when an author can stump me. Destefano managed to do so so masterfully I had to put the book down and give an exasperated groan. 

Without giving too much away, I feel like this book blended marvelous elements of Fight Club, Taken, Black Swan, and Pretty Little Liars into a cryptic and violent page turner. If you need an engrossing, mature YA read that will pull no punches and leave you thinking long after it's over I very much recommend LOST GIRLS.

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