The Girl in the Woods by Patricia MacDonald
Severn House Publishers: 2/1/19 (reprint)
eBook review copy; 240 pages
The Girl in the Woods by Patricia MacDonald is a so-so/recommended mystery surrounding a murder that occurred fifteen years previously.
Blair Butler has returned to the small town where she and her
sister, Celeste, grew up with their Uncle Ellis after their mother died.
Blair left as soon as she was able and never looked back, especially
after her best friend, Molly, was murdered there fifteen years ago when
the girls were thirteen. Now Celeste is dying and Blair returns to her
bedside, only to have her sister tell her a shocking secret that means
the man convicted of killing Molly is not guilty and the real killer is
still out there. Molly begins to investigate and let people know about
her sister's secret, but this only seems to stir up more secrets and
This is all in all, an okay mystery/thriller, with nothing to really
set it apart or make it stand out. Blair is an annoying
character/caricature, but she is set in a novel full of annoying
characters/caricatures who all are representative of a certain type of
person. Descriptions of characters are simply a repeated rehashing of
their negative personality traits and actions. The narrative itself is
very derivative and takes huge plot elements from several other novels (two
novels in particular) so there is no real original story telling here.
You will likely know where the story is going. It is, however, a fast
and quick read. (I've rounded up to three stars.)
My review copy was courtesy of Severn House Publishers.