About the book
As a young child, Eleanor Blackwood witnessed her mother's murder in woods near their farm. The killer was never found.
Now an adult, Eleanor discovers a woman's body in the same spot in the Cornish woods where her mother was strangled eighteen years before. But when the police get there, the body has disappeared.
Is Eleanor’s disturbed mind playing tricks on her again, or has her mother’s killer resurfaced? And what does the number on the dead woman’s forehead signify?
After reading quite a few romance stories in a row I fancied a change of pace. Then when I realised I still hadn't got around to reading Girl Number One it really was an obvious choice.
So what did I think...
There was definitely an unsettling creepy vibe running through the book as you never knew who you could trust. I always find any story that is set in the woods equals something sinister is lurking behind the trees ready to jump out at any moment. Girl Number One is a good example of this as I felt a little uneasy anytime Ellie found herself in the woods.
I wouldn't say that I necessarily got attached to Ellie's character however I did like her attitude of facing things head on. It was interesting to see how Ellie reacts to everything that happens and also how she deals with things. I'm not saying I would do any of the things Ellie does but I can slightly understand her way of wanting to confront the past in order to find some peace.
I'm sure most readers like to play detective and I find it's half the fun of reading a thriller or crime story. Throughout the book I was trying to pick up clues and see if I could figure out who the killer was. Jane Holland has created a story that for the most part kept my interest after all I had to find out if my prediction was right.
There were a few tense parts and the odd surprise as the story built up to the conclusion. How will it all end though?
Tense at times with an intriguing story!
Four stars from me!
Thank you to Thomas & Mercer and Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.