Book Review: My Girl by Jack Jordan

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My Girl 1

Synopsis: Paige Dawson: the mother of a murdered child and wife to a dead man. 

She has nothing left to live for… until she finds her husband’s handgun hidden in their house.

Why did Ryan need a gun? What did he know about their daughter’s death?

Desperate for the truth, Paige begins to unearth her husband’s secrets.

But she has no idea who she is up against, or that her life isn’t hers to gamble – she belongs to me.

 

Author: Jack Jordan

Title: My Girl

Publisher: JJP

Date: 2016

My Girl 2

Oh my goodness!

This book was not what I thought it would be!

It was much better – and at the same time so twisted and creepy, I get the shivers just thinking about it!

Due to the twist in the book, how things are not what they appear to be, I’m going to be very careful how I write this review. I don’t want to give anything away and spoil you experiencing it for yourself!

The opening introduces us to Paige, a woman who has lost everything. Paige is addicted to pills and an alcoholic, being sexually abused by her doctor in return for additional drugs. It’s fair to say she is messed up.

But despite being introduced to her as she is rude to her mother-in-law, living in a state and not remembering half of what she has been doing due to her drinking, I felt I was still able to connect to Paige’s character. She was desperate and lost; needing help and terrified to go through with it for reasons that become apparent through the rest of the book.

For the first few seconds after she woke, Paige Dawson lived in a world where her husband Ryan was snoring lightly beside her, and her daughter Chloe was sleeping peacefully in the next room. When reality slowly trickled in, she instantly wanted to return to sleep – to forget they were dead.

When Paige discovers her husband owned a gun before he died, she starts to wonder what else Ryan was keeping from her. Why does he want a weapon? Their daughter’s murderer had never been found: unless Ryan knew more than he was letting on?

As Paige starts to think she is going crazy – missing items, photographs being defaced, her daughter’s room being cleared – the plot becomes darker and more twisted than you would have guessed.

I honestly thought the story was going to follow Paige as she delves into Ryan’s past, examining what secrets he kept from her with the classic “he-was-unfaithful/he-was-linked/responsible-for-their-daughter’s-death” that appears to be the theme of many of these sorts of thrillers.

My Girl 3

The fact the plot goes in a completely different direction kept me gripped. I noticed when writing the review that I hadn’t highlighted any passages. While it meant there were no phrases/sentences that gripped me enough to take note of them, I also believe it is because I was gripped in a fascinated/horrified way that meant I didn’t stop to add bookmarks, I just kept reading.

The narration switches between Paige in third person, and another character in first. Initially, this jarred me as I had to adapt to both the change in character and in narration style. But it doesn’t switch continuously – a middle section is given to this secondary character. This meant that once you settled into a style, you were there to stay.

The pacing remained fairly steady until the final confrontation, where things escalated extremely fast. The change in narration slowed events down as it recapped lost time. This slow pacing worked as I personally felt it enhanced the creepiness and twisted nature of the actual plot and characters.

This is not a book for the faint-hearted. There is a reasonable amount of violence, drug use, alcoholism and lots of abuse scattered throughout.

It is, however, an incredibly gripping read!

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