The Girl Who Survived, Lisa Jackson

The title is in yellow over a blue rusting wall with vines growing across it

Kensington Books was kind enough to send this paperback, and the photos of the cover do not do it justice. It really is a lovely cover.

Kara is barely getting by. Traumatized by her brutal past, she’s shocked to learn they released her brother from prison early. She’s sure he wasn’t the reason her family was dead, most of the time. His release from prison is changing so many things for her. And when people start dying, Kara and her brother are at the center. Is Jonas killing again, or is it someone else?

In the beginning, Jackson wrote that the parents and their exes all got along, but they didn’t; in fact, they all hated each other. I didn’t much care for our main character, but I don’t have to love characters to like a book. Her trauma, which would probably be diagnosed as PTSD, is extreme, and it takes over her life, so much so that it takes focus away from the story. That issue aside, this is a fun read, and once it finds its groove, the pacing turns into a fast action-adventure that comes in at the final hour.

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About the Book

In this deviously volatile, deliciously creepy thriller from the #1 New York Times bestseller, the lone survivor of a brutal family massacre must uncover the awful truth about the fateful night that left her forever marked…

Has she already had her last chance to be the final girl?

All her life, she’s been the girl who survived. Orphaned at age seven after a horrific killing spree at her family’s Oregon cabin, Kara McIntyre is still searching for some kind of normal. But now, twenty years later, the past has come thundering back. Her brother, Jonas, who was convicted of the murders has unexpectedly been released from prison. The press is in a frenzy again. And suddenly, Kara is receiving cryptic messages from her big sister, Marlie—who hasn’t been seen or heard from since that deadly Christmas Eve when she hid little Kara in a closet with a haunting, life-saving command: Don’t make a sound.

As people close to her start to die horrible deaths, Kara, who is slowly and surely unraveling, believes she is the killer’s ultimate target.
Kara survived once. But will she survive again? How many times can she be the girl who survived?


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