Monday, November 1, 2021

The Girl She Was Before by Jess Kitching - Book Tour & Review

The Girl She Was Before

A crime thriller with a brilliant twist you won’t see coming!!
Powerful, packed full of gruelling details that will linger with you long after the book has finished.

Nat lives a picture-perfect life, but it wasn’t always this way. A victim of horrific bullying when she was a teenager, Nat will do anything to keep distance between the girl she was before and the woman she is now.

But when her best friend is murdered and people begin to point their finger at her, Nat’s new life quickly begins to unravel.

To Nat, it’s no surprise that the crime happened at the same time as the return of her biggest tormentor, Chrissy Summers. A woman with a violent streak who destroyed lives when she was younger and isn’t afraid to do it again.

Face to face with the past she so firmly keeps behind her, Nat’s sanity wavers as her determination to reveal Chrissy as the monster she knows her as rises to dangerous heights.

The question is, can Nat prove Chrissy is a killer, or will Chrissy get to Nat and her family before she has the chance?

You can't outrun the past...


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My Review
Oh, boy. Where do I start with this review? This book was cah-razy. Like, it was seriously intense. I had to stop reading a few times because it just got to be a bit too much for me. The flashbacks to the past scenes in high school brought back some of my own awful memories, and I found those really hard to read. While I never suffered as much at the hands of bullies, I had my fair share of issues. I, too, was poor/shy/quiet/kept to myself. I didn't have nice clothes. I wore glasses (the cheap, plastic kind that weren't cool in the '90s) and kept my hair in a ponytail. No makeup. Nothing like that. I was called names. Spit on. Made to feel like I was worthless garbage. I even had a "Chrissy" (whose name was actually very similar) who used to purposely bump into me, then immediately start wiping at her arms and crying about how she was "infected". It was definitely hurtful. So reading the scenes with the bullies and what they did in the story was difficult and awful. 
The story follows Nat, a lifestyle blogger who has a perfect life. Or so it seems. Nat was bullied in high school, but now, as adults, she and her bullies are now besties. They've all changed. Grown up. Become better people. Heck, Nat even got apologies from a few of them for how awful they were to her. And, to add the cherry to the top of the sundae, Nat is now married to the most popular guy from school: Lucas Redding. Pretty awesome, right?
Unfortunately for Nat, her perfect life is about to start crumbling down. The past is about to catch up, and there's nothing she can do to stop it.
I don't even know if I have words for this. It's wild. It's dark. It's one of those books that you just can't put down. It'll leave you racing headlong toward an ending you WILL NOT see coming (trust me, that twist is a mind-blowing one). And once you're finished, you'll be left breathless and reeling. It's that good.
If you're looking for a crime thriller that will make you angry (especially with that ending, but in a good way), give The Girl She Was Before a read.
4.5 stars!

Author Bio –

Jess Kitching is an avid reader, writer and binge-watcher. Originally from Bradford, England, she currently lives in Sydney with her fiancé Jack. Her two goals in life were to move to Australia and have a book published. To be able to say she has done both is something she still can’t wrap her head around.


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