Thursday, November 5, 2015

#Review - The Girl with the Wrong Name by Barnabas Miller (Young Adult)

Series: Unknown
Format: E-Galley, 272 pages
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Soho Teen
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery

Seventeen-year-old Theo Lane has been hiding half of her face from the public ever since “The Night In Question,” a night that left her with a long, disfiguring scar, an unquiet mind, and no memory of what happened. An aspiring documentary maker, she uses her camera to keep the world at a safe distance, shooting hours of secret footage with a hidden button cam on her jacket collar. But when Andy Reese, a forlorn and mysterious “Lost Boy,” wanders into her frame, he becomes the unknowing star of her latest project. Her unhealthy obsession with him tears her from that sheltered life behind the camera, pulling her into a perilous, mind-bending journey through Andy’s world. But is it really Andy’s world she’s investigating? Or is it her own?

17-year old Theodore (Thee/Theo) Lane doesn't remember the so called "Night in Question." She believes that something awful happened to her, but doesn't remember what. Every time she looks in the mirror, she sees a 4 inch scar on her face. A scar that she hides with concealer, and makeup so others can't see it.

Right from the top, readers can ask themselves if what happened to Theo was so bad that she mentally repressed the memory to protect herself. Theo is a documentary film maker who is working on a new project called "The Lost Boy." The Lost Boy's name is Andrew Reese who she meets in a restaurant. 

After she captures him with her built in camera looking forlorn and lost, Thee strikes up a conversation with the boy and learns that he has been waiting for a girl named Sarah to return to the restaurant where they met for several days. Thee agrees to help Andy find Sarah. A girl that hasn't been seen since the day Andy first met her. Thee starts asking questions like what does a sanctuary for women have to do with Sarah, and how come certain characters seem afraid of Thee or treat her as though she is someone else? 

What are they hiding, and what does Thee have to do with any of it? Let me just say that The Girl with the Wrong Name is a crazy, twisted, emotional, unpredictable, total mind screw of a story that grabs hold of your attention, and then drops kicks you in the head with shocking revelations. The story gets more confusing, and more interesting as it progresses. I found myself asking  what the hell happened on the Night in Question that has screwed with Thee's mind? Why would she intentionally avoid her so called best friends Maximus and Louise since the night in question? 

I can't honestly say I never saw any of the surprises and revelations coming. Usually I am a very good mystery solver, but author Miller really did a fantastic job of holding his cards close to his chest and let me squirm until what really happened to Thee was revealed. I have to say that I really, really felt sorry for Thee after what she goes through. Here is a girl who has been told not to put herself in the story, but goes out on a limb for a stranger. A stranger who has his own secrets and crosses to bear. 

I am definitely recommending this novel to anyone who loves psychological thrillers, and mysteries.  As far as I can say, Miller is an author to watch for in the future. 

**I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (Edelweiss ) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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