Girl One, Sara Flannery Murphy

In the ‘70s, 9 women conceived baby girls with no male DNA. Those girls are all grown up now, and Josephine is trying to find her mother. Her quest will bring her to some of the other girls that were part of the Homestead. Josephine might finally learn the secrets of the past her mother tried so hard to keep buried.

When I hear the word thriller, I picture an edge of your seat, race to the finish, to get to the bottom of things. I didn’t get that feeling reading this, but it didn’t detract from the fact Girl One is well-written. If there was anything I didn’t love, it was Josie’s blind devotion to Dr. Bellanger, which borders on obsessive. I liked the sci-fi element of altered DNA and the varying mystery elements in the story. Overall, this is an enjoyable read. Thank you, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, for sending this along.

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Girl One is available on Amazon for $13.99.

About the Book:

Josephine Morrow is Girl One, the first of nine “Miracle Babies” conceived without male DNA, raised on an experimental commune known as the Homestead. When a suspicious fire destroys the commune and claims the lives of two of the Homesteaders, the remaining Girls and their Mothers scatter across the United States and lose touch.

Years later, Margaret Morrow goes missing, and Josie sets off on a desperate road trip, tracking down her estranged sisters who seem to hold the keys to her mother’s disappearance. Tracing the clues Margaret left behind, Josie joins forces with the other Girls, facing down those who seek to eradicate their very existence while uncovering secrets about their origins and unlocking devastating abilities they never knew they had.

A spellbinding supernatural thriller, Girl One combines the provocative imagination of Naomi Alderman’s The Power with the propulsive, cinematic storytelling of a Marvel movie. In her electrifying new novel, Sara Flannery Murphy digs deep into women’s extraordinary power and reveals an unassailable truth: so much strength lies in numbers.

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