The Girl from the Sea by Shalini Boland
Published by: Creative Adrenalin (June 9, 2016)
Genre: Psychological Thriller (British)
My Rating: 4.5/5
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If you are in the mood for a mind-twisting Psychological Thriller, please take an opportunity to check out today’s brand-new release, “The Girl from the Sea” by Shalini Boland. I was given the opportunity by the author to read this book prior to its release. Below is my honest review as an exchange for the prereleased digital copy I received.
“The Girl from the Sea” is full of mystery, suspense, and emotions. Mia, a young twenty-something, is found washed up on the beach without any memories of who she is or how she came to be there. Although she does not remember, she is an avid rower and it is suspected, based on her attire, that she had a rowing accident in the dead of night. She is quickly taken to the hospital for evaluation. After a while in the hospital she begins to wonder whether or not she is alone in the world. Not only does she not remember who she is, but she has no memory of who her family or friends are either. Fortunately for Mia, she is soon rescued from the hospital by her longterm boyfriend and business partner. The problem is, she does not have any memory of him and he tends to annoy her. Mia begins to question how she could have ever loved this man. As for her family, Mia learns she has been estranged from them for many years. Questions start mounting that Mia and the police can not answer. Soon the mysterious case of “the girl from the sea” begins to be investigated as possibly something more sinister than a late-night rowing accident.
I was immediately drawn into Mia’s story from the first sentence. The complete mystery of what happened to her hooked me until the final paragraph. Several times during the novel I found myself predicting the outcome, only to be proven wrong time and time again. The twisted, shocking end had me speechless! The only reason I rated this novel 4.5 stars, instead of a full 5, is because at times the story felt a little far-fetched when it came to the case of her amnesia. Overall I found Shalini Boland’s prose to flow very nicely, the story to be relatable, and the dialogue to be believable. I would definitely recommend “The Girl from the Sea” as a great summer read. I also plan to check out some of the other books that are listed on Goodreads as authored by her. I believe I have found another great Indie Author!
FYI – As of this posting the Kindle version is $0.99 for non-Kindle Unlimited Readers. If you happen to be a KU Reader then it is available for free. If you prefer a printed book, it is currently listed for $11.99 in paperback.