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The Girl She Was

Alafair Burke

The past refuses to be forgotten in the gripping new thriller from the NY Times bestselling author of The Wife and The Better Sister

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From the bestselling author of The Ex, The Wife and The Better Sister

‘Burke’s latest propulsive thrill-ride is a suspenseful, twisty mystery about memory, friendship and secrets. A page-turner of the highest order.’ LAURA DAVE, author of The Last Thing He Told Me


She calls herself Hope Miller, but she has no idea who she really is.

Fourteen years ago, she was found thrown from an overturned vehicle, with no clue to her identity. Hope started a new life, but never recovered her memory.

Now she’s missing. With nowhere else to turn, Hope’s best friend, Lindsay Kelly, calls NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher.

In pursuit of answers, three women search for the truth beneath long-buried secrets. And when their searches converge, what they find will upend everything they’ve ever known.

‘An exemplary thriller with a cohort of powerful characters and with pace to spare. Intelligent entertainment.’ – Crime Time

Critic Reviews

A total knockout - serpentine in structure, rich in emotional heft and deeply moving as the past comes back not just to haunt the characters but to shudder through their lives, revealing secrets big and small, dangerous and intimate. Not to be missed.

Critic Reviews

From one of our greatest contemporary mystery writers comes another superb nail-biting thriller. Burke uses an intricately layered and twisty plot to ensnare us and then pulls us in for a close examination of intimacy and community. I devoured it, from its riveting first scene to the shocking last page.

ANGIE KIM, author of Miracle Creek
Critic Reviews

Burke once again weaves a riveting web of a story, threaded with delicious characters and hot button social issues. If you’re looking for the perfect twisty mystery, you’ve found it.

JANELLE BROWN, author of Pretty Things
Critic Reviews

This gripping, head-spinning thriller of the first order is a perfect read: the writing is engaging, the twists are perfectly executed and the exploration of female friendships and identity offers satisfying heft to the plot.

CHRISTINA ALGER, author of Girls Like Us
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An out-of-season resort in New England gives Alafair Burke a similarly familiar-yet-offbeat backdrop for the twisty, time-shift narrative of The Girl She Was. There is a slippery quality to the book . . . Burke keeps her plates full of memory loss, trauma and deception spinning to the end.

Critic Reviews

Scintillating . . . Appealing characters match the meticulous plotting. Burke reinforces her place in the top rank of suspense writers.

Publishers Weekly, starred review

Alafair Burke is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels include the standalone thrillers The Wife, The Ex and The Better Sister, as well as All Day and a Night and Dead Connection from her Ellie Hatcher series. She is also the coauthor of the bestselling Under Suspicion series with the late Mary Higgins Clark. A former prosecutor, she…

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