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From a bright new talent comes a riveting psychological thriller about an American exchange student in France involved in a suspicious accident, and the journalist determined to break the story and uncover the dark secrets a small town is hiding.
On a quiet summer morning, seventeen-year-old American exchange student Quinn Perkins stumbles out of the woods near the small French town of St. Roch. Barefoot, bloodied, and unable to say what has happened to her, Quinn's appearance creates quite a stir, especially since the Blavettes--the French family with whom she's been staying--have mysteriously disappeared. Now the media, and everyone in the idyllic village, are wondering if the American girl had anything to do with her host family's disappearance.
Though she is cynical about the media circus that suddenly forms around the girl, Boston journalist Molly Swift cannot deny she is also drawn to the mystery and travels to St. Roch. She is prepared to do anything to learn the truth, including lying so she can get close to Quinn. But when a shocking discovery turns the town against Quinn and she is arrested for the murders of the Blavette family, she finds an unlikely ally in Molly.
As a trial by media ensues, Molly must unravel the disturbing secrets of the town's past in an effort to clear Quinn's name, but even she is forced to admit that the American Girl makes a very compelling murder suspect. Is Quinn truly innocent and as much a victim as the Blavettes--or is she a cunning, diabolical killer intent on getting away with murder...?
Told from the alternating perspectives of Molly, as she's drawn inexorably closer to the truth, and Quinn's blog entries tracing the events that led to her accident, The American Girl is a deliciously creepy, contemporary, twisting mystery leading to a shocking conclusion.
- ISBN-13: 9780062438515
- ISBN-10: 0062438514
- Publisher: William Morrow & Company
- Publish Date: August 2016
- Page Count: 432
- Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-06-27
- Reviewer: Staff
In this gut-wrenching, sometimes gory psychological thriller from Horsley (The Monster’s Wife), Quinn Perkins, a 17-year-old American student who’s boarding with a family, the Blavettes, in tiny St. Roch, France, is hospitalized after emerging from the woods mute and bloody. The Blavettes—mother and father, daughter and son—have disappeared. Molly Swift, an American journalist working for a sensationalist website back home, poses as a relative and gets into Quinn’s hospital room—and her life. Molly sees a great story but then has scruples about Quinn. Can she protect the girl from whatever horrors have overtaken her? When the bodies of the Blavettes are discovered, the authorities think Quinn murdered them. Meanwhile, Molly develops feelings for Valentin, the local policeman. Where does he fit into the big picture? The narrative alternates between the viewpoints of Quinn and Molly, who has the stronger voice, creating something of a structural imbalance. Still, this fierce, convoluted tale offers one surprise after another. Agent: Oli Munson, A.M. Heath (U.K.). (Aug.)