Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday #Review - The Girl From Yesterday by Kathryn Miller Haines #Thriller #Suspense

Series: Standalone
Format: E-Galley, 304 pages
Release Date: April 17, 2017
Publisher: Pocket Star
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Thriller, Suspense

In the fast-paced psychological thriller traditions of Gillian Flynn, Jessica Knoll, and Liane Moriarty, Edgar Award nominated-author Kathryn Haines Miller (The Girl Is Murder) spins an engrossing tale of what might be the worst birthday ever.

Helen’s life is simple. She has a job. She has a boyfriend. She has her weekly NA meetings. No drugs, no drinking, no sex, not even any caffeine—not anymore. Because Helen knows this: once you’re an addict, you’re always an addict. There is no such thing as recovered.

And on her thirtieth birthday, the stability she’s cobbled together for herself will vanish. A call from the police, a body found, a dead woman with Helen’s name in her back pocket—it’s all so hard to believe. But then when Helen finds out the victim was her childhood best friend, a girl who went missing in high school, it’s too much.

Helen knows she has to stick to the routine that keeps her in control, and with the way the police are eyeing her for this, she’s worried about looking suspicious. But the unfortunate reemergence of her old friend—and the mysteries that always surrounded her—means Helen can trust no one, not even herself.

The Girl from Yesterday, by new to me author Kathryn Miller Haines, focuses on a woman by the name of Helen Darden. Helen is a recovering drug addict, a woman who has been clean for (3) years, a woman who has been on probation for (3) years, a woman who is happy working alongside her Aunt, while avoiding caffeine, alcohol, or any other medications. She is about to become the woman who sees her 30th birthday come and her life twisted in ways that she never could dream of. 

It all starts with a call from a San Antonio PD Detective named Reggie Simmons. Simmons asks Helen to come back to the place she left (4) years ago in order to help identify a body that was found with Helen's card and name on it. Helen soon finds that her entire life is one tangled mess after Simmons hounds her to the point of ambushing her where ever she goes, where she lives, and where she works. 

But, there is much, much more to the story. This is a twisted story folks. I had no idea what was happening until pieces started to fall in place. Helen is by no means an angel. Her past is murky, she is a former meth head, a person now has a fear of dying, a fear of spending the rest of her life in prison, and a fear of someone setting her back on the road to becoming yet another sad story. She has a motto that says Tomorrow is a fantasy, yesterday is gone, there's only today.

Helen begins to set her own course of action. A course that will see her being set up, betrayed, while uncovering a plot that goes back 15 years to when Helen was best friends with Carrie Reinhardt. It is a story that will have you asking so, so many different questions. What really happened to Carrie? Is someone intentionally sending Helen back to the dark place where meth is her only friend, and outlet? Why would anyone go to the depths that pushes Helen into losing what she's worked so hard to overcome? 

Note: This book is now on sale for $1.99 via Amazon, Barnes & Noble. Links below. 

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