The Girl in Between by Sarah Carroll

The Girl in Between

Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books

Release: June 20th 2017

Received: Penguin’s First to Read Program

Rating: 3.5

 

The Girl in Between is a deep and thought provoking tale about a young girl and her mother. Amazon suggests it as a good read for teens, which is probably accurate. I can see my old high school book club picking this as their monthly read. I also think an older audience would possibly find it enjoyable as well.

The story explores the concepts of loneliness and the permanence of memories. I found myself being inexplicably drawn to this book – even though this is normally not the sort of thing I read. I just couldn’t put it down.

 

Spoiler Warning

The Girl in Between revolves around a little girl and her mother. They are squatting in an old run down mill, which the little girl considers her castle. Despite everything she has gone through and seen, she’s still so innocent and naive, it’s quite endearing to see.

It didn’t occur to me until I was writing this review, but the author never actually names the girl or her mother. It’s extra food for thought considering the implications at the end. The lack of names does add to the plot, without taking anything away.

About halfway through I started getting a bad feeling that there was something wrong, something that either wasn’t being shown or something I was missing. It adds a subtle but very real extra layer of intensity that I really enjoyed. My gut was correct, but not in the way I was even remotely expecting or prepared for. (I’m not going to say how, for the sake of those that want to read it).

There is quite a bit of repetition throughout the novel, and while it isn’t necessarily annoying, I’m not sure it adds anything to the plot either. There’s also some time hopping back and forth, where we’ll go from the present to the past for a chapter, and then back again. These events are clearly delineated, though at a couple times they left me anxious to see what happens next (in either continuity). Despite these complaints, I found it hard to put the book down, and ended up finishing it over the weekend.

On the whole I’m giving this a three and a half star rating, because while there were some flaws, the overall concept was well thought out and oddly spellbinding.

 

 

 

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About Liz

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try and artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. The facts: My favorite color is constantly changing, so don’t worry about trying to keep up with that! I’m in my 20’s, married, and looking to find the perfect job for me (ideally something that can involve my creativity or my love of animals). I have 6 cats (If we’re being technical, I have 2 cats and my parents have 4), a bearded dragon, a parakeet, and two betas. I adore all of them, and they frequently are my photography models. My blog will primarily be consisting of my 365 (366) photography project, updated daily (hopefully). I’m also working on a 52 weeks project, where I try a new type of photography style or technique each week. That will be updated as the photos are processed.
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