Murder She Read: September Book Discussion

There’s nothing quite like cozying up under a blanket while you dive into a good book. And with the recent change in weather, I’ve found reading to be particularly enjoyable.

But I’m not going to lie to you…this most recent book just didn’t do it for me.

Have no idea what I’m talking about? Check out this blog post before reading on.

In September we read The Girl Who Lived by Christopher Greyson.

Before we dive into this book, I do want to make an announcement that this month will serve as my final month for posting the book discussions. It’s a lot of work for me to get these discussion posts up, and to be frank, there’s too little engagement in the comments for me to feel my effort is warranted.

Don’t get me wrong – I freakin’ love this book club! And I love chatting with you all about what we’re reading. But it seems like most of you are more interested in connecting via Instagram to chat, not in the comments of the blog itself. And that’s OK!

I just don’t want to keep putting the effort in to create a blog post discussing the book if you guys aren’t interested in it.

We will still absolutely be reading one book a month, and I will still definitely have a BRAND NEW BOOK LIST for you for 2022! I just won’t post the discussion questions every month on this blog.

We all clear? Good. Great. Let’s move on.

The synopsis of this book seemed promising – family gets murdered under mysterious circumstances, young girl gets away and spends entire life trying to overcome the demons of the trauma she endured.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER UNLESS YOU’VE FINISHED THE BOOK!

Haven’t read the book yet? Grab it here.

Ten years ago, four people were brutally murdered—one girl lived.

No one believes her story. 
The police think she’s crazy. 
Her therapist thinks she’s suicidal. 
Everyone else thinks she’s a dangerous drunk. 
They’re all right—but did she see the killer? 

Again, this book seemed really promising. It has snagged six literary awards and is written by a bestselling author. But if I’m being honest, I found it to be very amateur. It felt like this was the first, unedited version the author wrote and subsequently published; it lacked polish.

Did the book live up to your expectations after reading the synopsis? Or were you disappointed too?

There were so many intricate details and characters that I truly just could not keep track. Add in the fact that the timeline jumped around a lot – which isn’t usually an issue for me – and I was totally lost. I found myself rereading page after page, trying to stay focused on what the actual heck was happening. And I just never figured it out, so ultimately I stopped reading. It just felt like so much more work than it was worth.

Did you finish the book? Does it get better towards the end?

I did read enough in order to be able to formulate an opinion on Faith – the girl who lived.

I felt horrible for her, having her life ripped apart when she was merely a child. And of course, there’s also the rumors of her father being the murderer; no child deserves to grow up like that. And it seemed like her and her sister were rather close leading up to the murder, and that her death had a significant impact on her mental wellbeing. I’m an only child, so I can’t imagine that feeling, but I did have sympathy.

What did you think of Faith? Was her story believable?

All I can say is, I’m ready to jump right in to the October book!

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