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Thursday, 20 August 2015

The Girl Without a Name by Sandra Block

The Girl Without a NameThe Girl Without a Name by Sandra Block
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have come to expect nothing less than:

1. A superbly written book
2. Great plot
3. Grabbing me from the start of the first chapter
4. Keeping me from being distracted from 'real life'

I didn't get all of this though. more from the penmanship of Sandra Block

She has become another one of my favourite authors where I long for her next book each time I close the one before.
This was let me down a little

We have a young girl here who is in a catatonic state wandering the streets. Police bring her into the Psychiatric ward.

Its proving to be an unusual case.

They name her Jane Doe.

Zoe who is doing the Investigation becomes obsessed with finding out about Jane Doe. We also get to learn more about Zoe, she has ADHD, we find out her love interests and we find her behaviour is a bit OTT.

Dr. Berringer who is treating Jane Doe has a significant problem himself. He is on probation for substance abuse, and I just couldn't wonder why constantly how is still operating as a doctor. Everyone who knows him knows this.

We met Zoe in LITTLE BLACK LIES which I absolutely adored. And I know this is a stand alone book, but too much about Zoe was written in this book which just became a little tedious at times. It seemed to reiterate a lot from this authors last book about Zoe.

That is my critique on this.

However the book does redeem itself because of the Jane Doe story. And apart from me skipping a lot about Zoe it did hold my interest other than that so if I ignore what I knew and remembered from LITTLE BLACK LIES about Zoe I can honestly give this 4 stars and I would like to thank the author and Grand Central Publishing via Net Galley for my advanced copy.

I have to say, I absolutely love the cover.

Another gripping pageturner featuring psychiatrist Zoe Goldman, the protagonist from Little Black Lies.

In what passes for an ordinary day in a psych ward, Dr. Zoe Goldman is stumped when a highly unusual case arrives. A young African American girl, found wandering the streets of Buffalo in a catatonic state, is brought in by police. No one has come forward to claim her, and all leads have been exhausted, so Zoe's treatment is the last hope to discover the girl's identity.

When drugs prove ineffective and medical science seems to be failing, Zoe takes matters into her own hands to track down Jane Doe's family and piece together their checkered history. As she unearths their secrets, she finds that monsters hide where they are least expected. And now she must solve the mystery before it is too late. Because someone wants to make sure this young girl never remembers.

The Girl Without a Name is a powerful novel of memory and forgetting, of unexpected friendship and understanding...and of the secrets we protect no matter the consequences

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