This book had every aspect of what I am looking for in a novel. I absolutely loved the psychological thriller aspect of The American Girl by Kate Horsley. The mystery behind the girl was something that I craved for a long time in a book, and not only that but considering the fact that I read tons of mysteries and I couldn’t figure this one out, put it very high on my list of great books of 2016! I was clueless from the first page to the last, and that hasn’t happened in a long time.
When an American exchange student who was visiting France and staying with a family shows up bloodied on the side of the road, and gets hit by a car, the internet goes wild due to the fact that some hikers were filming the entire thing. The problem is that the girl, Quinn, is in a coma now, and no one knows how she got to the side of the road, let alone what she was doing in the middle of the woods all beat up and bruised. To add to the mystery, the family that was hosting her is now missing. Quinn’s father is no where to be found, and all that’s left to piece the puzzle together her blog posts.
Let’s bring in Molly Swift, a journalist who is trying to get the behind the scenes parts of Quinn’s story. She does that by pretending to be her family and goes into Quinn’s hospital room to try and get closer to the girl. Quinn won’t wake up, so Molly takes Quinn’s personal items, her phone and her bag among other things. This is how Molly plans to solve the mystery.
The media starts going crazy about the lore the town that Quinn was found in, as well as how Quinn could be involved with the missing family. While Quinn sleeps, she becomes the suspect of murder, among other things. How can Molly clear Quinn’s name when she doesn’t even know the real story herself?
This book switches back and forth between Molly’s view in the present time, and Quinn’s view in the past, the blog posts and accounts of what happened during that summer slowly unravel the mystery. I swear I was on my toes the entire time. The fact that we get to know Quinn and the way she feels about people, while simultaneously seeing how Molly is handling the situation with Quinn’s mystery is brilliant. I can’t wait to read more from this author, she really knows how to spin a tale. This book was incredible! I give this one 5 out of 5 stars. I received this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.