Genre: YA Horror
Special thanks to Netgalley, The FFBC, Sara Faring and publisher for providing a ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Simmering in Patagonian myth, The Tenth Girl is a gothic psychological thriller with a haunting twist.
At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.
Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored.
One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi’s existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.
The Tenth Girl is definitely original. I was unsure what to expect from a YA novel that has a dark, Gothic feel to it. This is out of my normal realm of reading. However, I thought I would give it a try.
Sara Faring’s imagination is spectacular. I always marvel in how writers can actually put stories on pages like this. I love the dark, eery, twisty feel of The Tenth Girl. I love how it incorporates mythology with an indigenous culture
I did, however, have a hard time getting into the story. The plot – switching between two different voices – was a little hard to follow. I had to fight really hard to get over the weirdness of it.
As for the ending, spoiler free, I am not sure if I love it or hate it. There will definitely be readers who love it because it can be mind blowing. There will also be readers who do not like it because it can be viewed as a cop out. Me? I haven’t a clue. I am both disappointed, unsatisfied and WOW’ed at the same time.
Maybe that’s the point?
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About the Author
Born in Los Angeles, Sara Faring is a multi-lingual Argentine-American fascinated by literary puzzles. After working in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, she worked at Penguin Random House. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in International Studies and from the Wharton School in Business. She currently resides in New York City.
Her first novel, The Tenth Girl, will be released by Macmillan/Imprint on September 24, 2019. Sara is represented by Sarah Bedingfield at Levine Greenberg Rostan Agency.
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