Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Girl From Yesterday by Kathryn Miller Haines | Review

The Girl From Yesterday by Kathryn Miller Haines
Published: April 17, 2017
Publiser: Pocket Star
Pages: 304
Received: from publisher for honest review
Find Online: Goodreads | Amazon

In the fast-paced psychological thriller traditions of Gillian Flynn, Jessica Knoll, and Liane Moriarty, Edgar Award nominated-author Kathryn Haines Miller (The Girl Is Murder) spins an engrossing tale of what might be the worst birthday ever.

Helen’s life is simple. She has a job. She has a boyfriend. She has her weekly NA meetings. No drugs, no drinking, no sex, not even any caffeine—not anymore. Because Helen knows this: once you’re an addict, you’re always an addict. There is no such thing as recovered.

And on her thirtieth birthday, the stability she’s cobbled together for herself will vanish. A call from the police, a body found, a dead woman with Helen’s name in her back pocket—it’s all so hard to believe. But then when Helen finds out the victim was her childhood best friend, a girl who went missing in high school, it’s too much.

Helen knows she has to stick to the routine that keeps her in control, and with the way the police are eyeing her for this, she’s worried about looking suspicious. But the unfortunate reemergence of her old friend—and the mysteries that always surrounded her—means Helen can trust no one, not even herself.

This was such an intense thriller. Helen is a great main character - she's determined to figure out what is going on despite her mental health, drug addiction recovery and possible arrest for a murder she's not sure if she committed. From the get go you see how much she wants this new life of hers to work - her NA meetings, her new boyfriend, a job with her family's business (that she's surprisingly good at it), but one phone call makes her world turn upside down.

The story lets us see into Helen's past as a teen with her friend Carrie, who happens to be the deceased. It shows you how her best friend went missing and how that affected Helen's life. You see the drug addiction up close and you see her fighting hard to keep from relapsing. That's not to say she doesn't make some stupid choices along the way to uncovering the truth, but considering what hell she is going through, I'd say they may have been the lesser of two evils.

Carrie's family leaving didn't only affect Helen's life, but many other characters as well. It was interesting to see how one person could do so much just by not being around anymore. Perhaps it wasn't in the going away, but in how it all played out. The feeling of hope and then it being gone.

The story is written in a way that you are never quite sure what the truth will be - who did this to Carrie, why now and is Helen really involved? I was rooting for Helen the whole time though because there was just something about her that made me want to see her make it and prove people wrong.She works so hard to try and figure out what has happened to clear her name, because "no one could save you but you."

The entire book is filled with twists and crazy things keep happening. I loved every little detail that Helen uncovers. Honestly, twist after twist kept coming and many I hadn't figured out which is how I know I'm reading a great book. I bet you won't see the twists coming or the ending - I sure didn't.

What would you do if you were sure you weren't losing time, but the facts are making it seem as though you were? Is Helen back to drugs again, is she mentally unwell, or is someone framing her?

About the Author:
Kathryn Miller Haines is an actor, mystery writer, and award-winning playwright. She grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and received her BA in English and Theatre from Trinity University in San Antonio and her MFA in English from the University of Pittsburgh. She's a member of the Mary Roberts Rinehart Chapter of Sisters in Crime and has been a board member of the New York chapter of Mystery Writers of America. Kathryn is an adjunct faculty member for Seton Hill's MFA in writing popular fiction. She lives in Western Pennsylvania with her husband, son, daughter and their two dogs. -source

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