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.
Atmospheric and intriguing. That’s how I will describe this story. It has never failed to make me feel haunted while reading it.
The Tenth Girl is one of my most anticipated read this year. And I’m lucky enough to be chosen as one of the bloggers to be part of the blog tour of it hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. As for the story, I really enjoyed reading it, but there are a few points that I will talk about later, which makes me rate it with 3 stars.
First, for the good part of this story, the plot is very unpredictable. Reading the prologue already promised me something great. And I know it didn’t fail me on that part. Then, the characters are very distinct in a way that each has their own story to tell. Also, it has an enjoyable narration because, for every page that I flip, the intense atmosphere was never erased until the end. The slow pace, I think, is fit for the story because it tries to make you feel thrilled and curious as to what will happen with the characters and how the story will go.
Now, for my reasons as to why I didn’t love it as much as I anticipated that it will is because of this reason – the characters and the information about them. I think that they are not really developed that much. I feel disconnected with them most of the time. I enjoyed their story, but not them. I hope to see development in their character, but I guess I wasn’t satisfied with what I’ve seen from them since the start of the story. It’s disappointing, but anyway, I still enjoy the ride in this mysterious and thrilling novel.
Overall. from the start to end, the thrill was never gone. I am recommending this to readers who are interested in experiencing the thrilling journey of the characters in the De Vacarro school.
But isn’t it kind of beautiful to experience primal fear? To feel your pulse quicken because a pile of well-laid stones catch shadows and carry sound in unusual ways? How often are we so bored and anesthetized by our routines— in our safe surroundings— that we lose all sense of what’s magical about our existence?”
It means the past will not remain hidden, no matter what you do.
Disclaimer: I received an advance reader’s copy via The Fantastic Flying Book Club.
Publication Date: September 24, 2019
Genre(s): Young Adult, Thriller, Horror, Mystery, Historical Fiction
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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