Many thanks to Avon for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review of ‘The Girl Before You’ by Nicola Rayner.
What does TWG think?
This was an intriguing read! Despite having a considerably slow start to it, ‘The Girl Before You’ soon had the suspense shouting its mouth off as though it had been there all along. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t sure of the storyline, however due to the intriguing levels of suspense, I just couldn’t put the book down.
Written from the viewpoints of multiple characters set in various years, ‘The Girl Before You’ is centred around missing red head, Ruth. Now you see her, now you don’t. Literally. As the story progresses, Ruth’s character during uni is put under the spotlight many times, as are the characters of resident lothario’s, George and Dan, with most of their antics being fuelled by alcohol. Lots of alcohol.
I disliked George instantly. His arrogant and cock sure personality got my back up, and the fact that he was a super large cactus in uni, really turned my stomach. How he couldn’t see that what he did was wrong was beyond me.
As I said before, I wasn’t sure of the storyline because, whilst the suspense was very well thought out, I found the book to be exceptionally vague. I had gotten excited by the tension building, expecting a firework conclusion, yet instead the one that I got was a bit of an anti climax. I would have liked the book to have tied its loose ends up before it concluded, but for me that just wasn’t the case.
However, the overall premise of the book was such a clever idea, alongside the addition of such dynamic and highly flawed characters. There is a lot in the story to keep your mind occupied, definitely ideal if you enjoy reading jam packed novels.
I was gripped by what I read, even though I wasn’t entirely confused, so it just goes to show that Nicola Rayner has the talent to hold her readers hostage. A very full, complex and suspenseful storyline – I am looking to reading more from this author!