Saturday, 29 August 2015

Review: The Girl Without A Name by Sandra Block

Another gripping pageturner featuring psychiatrist Zoe Goldman, the protagonist from Little Black Lies.

In what passes for an ordinary day in a psych ward, Dr. Zoe Goldman is stumped when a highly unusual case arrives. A young African American girl, found wandering the streets of Buffalo in a catatonic state, is brought in by police. No one has come forward to claim her, and all leads have been exhausted, so Zoe's treatment is the last hope to discover the girl's identity.

When drugs prove ineffective and medical science seems to be failing, Zoe takes matters into her own hands to track down Jane Doe's family and piece together their checkered history. As she unearths their secrets, she finds that monsters hide where they are least expected. And now she must solve the mystery before it is too late. Because someone wants to make sure this young girl never remembers.

The Girl Without a Name is a powerful novel of memory and forgetting, of unexpected friendship and understanding...and of the secrets we protect no matter the consequences.

Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: September 8th 2015 by Grand Central Publishing
Terri's Thoughts
**I won an advanced copy of this book as part of a giveaway from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.  The expected publication date is September 8th, 2015**
I did not realize until I sat down to write this review that the main character was featured in another story prior to this one.  While I do not feel the fact that I did not read the other one impacted the enjoyment and understanding of this story, I do think it would have explained a couple of random items that came up throughout the story.
Let's talk about Zoe.  In all honesty she really seemed to messed up for me to be a psychiatrist.  She didn't have her medications under control for her ADHD and no real vision on where she was going in life.  For the first half of the story I struggled with this until she had the opportunity to prove her skills as the story progressed.  She also clearly didn't take advise from anyone even after soliciting it which I found annoying.
While the mystery of the Jane Doe and the subsequent plot seemed a little too convenient for my liking and wrapped up a little too easy it was an enjoyable read nonetheless.  I would say that this is a good story for those who like mystery/suspense however don't want to commit too much time within the genre and can appreciate a slightly glossed over version.
In the end I enjoyed this story.  It was a quick read and I am glad that I had the opportunity to read it.
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