Book Review: Girl Number One By Jane Holland!

So both of my previous book reviews have had really good feedback, so after reading Girl Number One* I decided that this would have to be my third one here on the blog! A couple of weeks ago I joined NetGalley which is a site where you can receive books prior to their publication in order to read and review them. The website works on an approval basis so there’s no guarantee that you will get the book you request. However, they also have a ‘Read Now’ section where there are a number of books that you can download for free and read straight away with no approval necessary. This is how I came across Girl Number One and the blurb really intrigued me into reading it!

There’s a body in the woods. At least, there was. Eleanor Blackwood saw it on her morning run: a young woman, strangled to death.

But the police can find nothing—no body, no sign of a crime—and even Ellie has to wonder if it was a trick of her mind, a gruesome vision conjured up by grief. It’s eighteen years to the day since she witnessed her own mother’s murder on the same woodland spot. But what if she really did see what she thinks she saw? What if the body was left there for Ellie alone to find?

And there’s one detail Ellie can’t shake: a deliberate number three on the dead woman’s forehead. When she discovers a second body, this one bearing the number two, Ellie is convinced they are not messages but threats. The killer is on a countdown: but who is girl number one?

The story is centred around Eleanor Blackwood who is a young P.E teacher in a small cornish town. When she was 6 years old she witness her mothers murder but has never been able to piece all the information together enough to allow the police to convict anyone. On the 18th anniversary of her mothers death, she decided to conquer her fears of the woods by running along the path where her mother died to prove to herself that she has overcome her problems. That is when she discovers a body, in the exact same place her mother died 18 years previously.

This is a really easy read for anyone who loves a thriller or murder mystery. I love the fact that the storyline is so different and it keeps you guessing right until the end. I really like the way that this is written, although it can be a tad jumpy from time to time, whereby you feel like you’ve missed something. Something that I really like is that the chapters are quite short, I hate it when they drag on as I am one of those people who like to stop reading at the end of a chapter! I feel like the characters are really relatable and that the plot has been really well thought out, something that some authors still don’t get quite right!

Overall I would give this book 4/5 stars. One star for the characters; one for how easy it is to read; one for the plot and one for the fact it kept me guessing all the way through. It lost one for the occasional jumpiness! I am happy to say that that I did guess ‘whodunnit’ correctly about 3/4 of the way through the book but I won’t give any spoilers away and I suggest you head out and grab yourself a copy and let me know your thoughts!

Much Love


*This was received as a free download but it was not requested that I write a review, nor was I paid, I just thought you’d all like the review!


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