The Girl I Used to Be

The Girl I Used to Be

April Henry / Jun 18, 2019

The Girl I Used to Be Fourteen years ago a three year old girl was the only survivor at a horrific murder scene Now she s determined to search for the truth and the killer is even determined to stop her When Olivia s moth

  • Title: The Girl I Used to Be
  • Author: April Henry
  • ISBN: 9781627793322
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fourteen years ago, a three year old girl was the only survivor at a horrific murder scene Now she s determined to search for the truth and the killer is even determined to stop her.When Olivia s mother was murdered and her father disappeared, everyone suspected her father had done it Fast forward fourteen years New evidence now proves Olivia s father was actuallyFourteen years ago, a three year old girl was the only survivor at a horrific murder scene Now she s determined to search for the truth and the killer is even determined to stop her.When Olivia s mother was murdered and her father disappeared, everyone suspected her father had done it Fast forward fourteen years New evidence now proves Olivia s father was actually murdered on the same fateful day her mother died That means there s a killer still at large Can Olivia uncover the truth before the killer tracks her down

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      • April Henry

        I write mysteries and thrillers I live in Portland, Oregon with my family.If you ve read one of my books, I would love to hear from you Hearing from readers makes me eager to keep writing.When I was 12, I sent a short story about a six foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory He liked it so much he arranged to have it published in an international children s magazine.My dream of writing went dormant until I was in my 30s, working at a corporate job, and started writing books on the side Those first few years are now thankfully a blur Now I m very lucky to make a living doing what I love I have written 20 novels for adults and teens, with on the way My books have gotten starred reviews, been picked for Booksense, translated into six languages, been named to state reading lists, and won the Oregon Book Award.


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    1. I've read some April's other books and I really liked the premise of this one, so I was eager to read it.I liked Olivia. Her situation is sort of unique and I was immediately intrigued. She was an interesting character and I enjoyed being in her head. There are a couple of other secondary characters, but to me, it felt like they weren't fleshed out. It was an effective way to show how Olivia felt ostracized.The plot was fast paced, but it didn't seem like it. It was more like all of a sudden, th [...]


    2. I'm thinking I need to part ways with Ms. Henry. This is my third book by her and while I loved the first one I read these past two have really left me feeling meh. I'm used to "it's not you it's me", but in this case I really kinda think it was the book.The first chapter was amazing, full of suspense, girl on the run from the killer, and terror. I liked it and after reading it I was ready for this story, but it all fell apart rather quickly. It all just felt very convenient. From Olivia decidin [...]


    3. This was a fast-paced murder mystery. The story is told by Olivia, who used to be Ariel. She was three-years-old when her parents were killed. It was originally assumed that her father killed her mother and then dropped Ariel off at a Walmart three hours from the scene of the crime. When she was recognized, she was raised by her mother's mother until her grandmother suffered a heart attack and died when Ariel was seven. Ariel spent years in foster care with one side trip when she was adopted, re [...]


    4. This was one of those books that started off so fast and so attention-getting that it reminded me so much of the Mystery/Thrillers I grew up reading (and loving) as a Middle Grader in the 90's. Right away we learn that Olivia/Ariel's father's bones were found, meaning he didn't kill her mother, meaning there's a totally different killer out there. We also learn that Olivia was THERE when her parents were killed, but because she was so young she can't remember much at all. She decides to go back [...]


    5. Originally posted on Daydreaming Books.*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for this book tour in exchange for an honest review.*I definitely liked reading The Girl I Used to Be. I hadn't read the mystery/thriller genre for some time now and I'm glad I read this book because I enjoyed the ride!Olivia had lost her mother as a kid. According to the police, her father had killed her mother and ran away. But after fourteen years, new evidence point to the fact that her f [...]


    6. Exciting! The Girl I Used to Be pulled me right into the action and that’s what I like. I couldn't wait to start digging for answers. The sentences are short and crisp, moving the action along quickly. The chapters are also short, keeping the plot suspenseful.The Girl I Used To Be was very well written, the plot moved along at a rapid pace, and the characters were interesting. I was given enough information as to figure out some of the mystery, but I kept second-guessing my suspicions, redirec [...]


    7. This one was a great who-done-it. I really liked the heroine and found I could relate to her a lot, especially since I worked the exact same job at her age. Loved the old lady next door and the boyfriend and the setting! Feels like my own back yard.


    8. I won this book through a giveaway. Thank you very much. =)I really enjoyed this book until the end. The ending unraveled the whole thing and not in a good way.More thoughts at a later time.



    9. This was a very quick read for me and had me hooked at the beginning. I quickly found myself getting bored, however, as the author wrote so many questions in the middle chapters as the main character, Ariel, talked to herself and questioned everyone around her. The constant inner dialogue was just too much. The murder of Ariel's mother sent her into the foster care system for many years, and many suspected her father for the murder since he went missing at the same time. During the course of the [...]


    10. The Girl I Used To Be is a chilling mystery filled with ups and downs, yet engaging with every page. When I first picked up April Henry’s novel, I did not take a break from reading until I was finished. The story of Olivia and her mysterious family will delight any mystery and thriller fan. Henry’s writing is absolutely exceptional. This novel will leave you filled with emotions such as heartbreak, sadness, and the wonderful feeling of being mesmerized by a beautiful story. The Girl I Used T [...]


    11. This was a very solid mystery.It's told in 1st person from Olivia's point of view.When she was 3, her mother was murdered, and her father -- who immediately disappeared -- was always thought to be the murderer.Olivia is now 17 and emancipated from a child services system that she hated.She grew up believing she was the daughter of a murderer, but her father's remains have just been found. Rather than being a murderer, he was a victim -- murdered at the same time as Olivia's mother.But if her fat [...]


    12. *sigh*This book seemed so promising when I found it at the library. Short and intense. I was hopeful.And for the first half, it was good. I like the pace the story takes and I like Olivia's character. She's driven but not immobilized by what happened to her parents. While I found it hard to believe that all these people who had known her since she was 7 didn't recognize her a few years later, I was even willing to suspend disbelief and embrace the small-town-horror-vibe.Except that really isn't [...]


    13. THE GIRL I USED TO BE, April Henry, 2016. Stand-alone YA mystery/thriller; entertaining, fast-paced, predictable but very smoothly written and well-plotted, with no loose ends, an enjoyable read: 3.0/5.0When she was three years old Ariel Benson saw her mother killed, and her missing father assumed to have done the deed and run away. Entering the fostering system, by age 17 she is on her own, capable and looking for the truth of what happened that frightening day so long ago, since she remembers [...]


    14. 3.75/5 starsThis was much better than expected. Advice for reading this book: go in with low expectations and you'll probably end up loving it.It was slow in the beginning but picked up about 60 pages in. The writing style was very minimalist, straight forward, and easy to read. I didn't misunderstand anything that was happening while I read the story. The characters were all quite standard but given just enough fleshing out and quirks that you know who they are and what type of person they are. [...]


    15. 3.5 stars, rounded up. This book had everything I look for in a crime novel: -A thrilling climax -An interesting plot-Several character deaths (one that I didn't see coming) -End of chapter cliffhangers But NO twists!!! At least, not one that I noticed anyway. I'm just saying, what's a crime novel without a good twist or two? The story also dragged at times, especially in the beginning. The characters were dull, the dialogue was flat, and there was even a little unbelievability to it: would you [...]


    16. The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry is a very intense story with a plot-changing climax! Olivia's parents were murdered and no one knows who murdered Naomi and Terry. Many family members are suspected for different reasons, but Olivia is determined to find out who murdered them, no matter what it takes. I really enjoyed this book because the author gives a lot of hints throughout the story to find out the true suspect. This is one of my favorite mysteries. I really liked the idea of the whole s [...]


    17. Awesome book! I read the whole book one day at work! Very entertaining and heartwarming tale about a girl searching for answers and family. I am a fan of April Henry from this point on. I won this book in the givaway.



    18. I am disappointed in this one. I came to this book without any expectations at all, it was just a short book in the genre I was looking for. In its favor I can say that I read it quite fast so I think it got me out of the reading slump I was finding myself into, but that's it.The plot was actually very slow at the beginning and it doesn't really pick up later. I wouldn't say I was bored -that would be too harsh- but I wasn't really entertained either. I think what's needed here are more events, [...]


    19. A murder mystery that laid a lot of clues and introduced a lot of (IMHO unnecessary) characters only the final reveal wasn’t as shocking as one would expect. I wouldn’t say it’s predictable either. At age three, Ariel is the sole witness to her mother’s murder. Her father is the likely suspect until the discovery of his bones 14 years later that reopens the cold case. So Ariel returns to her hometown under a new name determined to find the killer. While the chapters were short, each ende [...]


    20. This is one of the best books I've read, as I finished it in 2 days. I was immediately hooked right from the beginning, and was surely not expecting the ending


    21. Very well written, I am definitely a fan of April Henry and her mystery novels. I still have one more to read then I have read them all but I definitely recommend all April Henry mystery novels.


    22. The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry is an inventive, original, and fast paced novel about the past and the secrets it holds. Secrets that have the potential to destroy what fragile present has been built over the years."It's hard to believe that my parents were killed by some random stranger. I mean, why would a serial killer murder them and then let me live? But if it was someone my family knew, they might have felt a connection to me.' 'Serial killers don't murder every single person they com [...]


    23. This is my first April Henry book and I'm fairly certain that it will not be my last. In the beginning it was the eye-catching cover and title that drew me in. Once I began reading, it only took a few pages for me to get hooked on this suspenseful mystery.The story opens with 17 year-old Olivia Reinhart( once known as Ariel Benson), receiving a surprise visit from two police detectives. Olivia assumes that they've come to tell her,that her father, long suspected of killing her mother, has finall [...]


    24. I received this ARC book through NetGalley for an honest review. April Heny's latest title, The Girl I Used to Be, does not disappoint for her fans. True to her thriller roots, Henry has delivered a plot line that does not disappoint. This title would be a great addition to any mystery/thriller reader's to-read list.Ariel Benson, at the age of 3, was abandoned at a Walmart after her mother was murdered. Until now authorities have assumed her father was the killer, but new evidence has been ound [...]


    25. This was a really quick read for me. Once I started it, I became so engrossed in it that I didn't want to set it down and had to finish it. Thankfully I was able to read it one sitting, partially because it's on the smaller side (only 240 pages) and that I had the time to do so.The story is about a girl whose parents were killed when she was just three years old. When it first happened people believed her father killed her mother and ran away. Now that new evidence has come in proving he couldn' [...]


    26. *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult, Mystery*Rating* 3.5*MY Thoughts*The Girl I Used to Be, by author April Henry, is standalone mystery that will keep readers entertained from the first page, until the last. 17-year old Ariel Benson's mother Naomi Benson was killed 14 years ago. At the time, Medford Police thought that her father Terry Weeks was responsible. Especially since he disappeared off the face of the planet after supposedly leaving 3 year old Ariel at Walmart 3 hours away. After her [...]


    27. Fast-paced mystery that hooks you from page one! I had an idea what the twist would be pretty early on, but that didn't detract from the story and I kept flying through the pages. I'll definitely be reading more by this author.



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