The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring
Published: September 24th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Horror, Mystery, Historical Fiction
Hardcover, 464 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 4/5 STARS
(Thanks to The FFBC tours & the publisher, I received an eARC of this book for this book tour)
Simmering in Patagonian myth, The Tenth Girl is a gothic psychological thriller with a haunting twist.
At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.
Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored.
One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi’s existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.
After reading the synopsis of this book earlier in the year, I was so excited to see a book coming out set in a school community. I felt like I hadn’t read a good boarding school set story in too long. When I then saw it was a psychological thriller I was immediately sold and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy.
This was one of the most detailed, world built story I’ve read in a long time. Each time something about the school was explained I felt like I could see it right in front me, as if I was there. Not only was there excellent world-building the character building was superb. Each of the main characters was explained in such detail I felt like I was getting to know them personally.
I loved the bits of Patagonian mythology added in, it really made the story come alive and gave it a unique spin. The whole aspect of “spirits” was very well done in my opinion, and easy to follow. All I have to say is watch out for that twist at the end, I didn’t see it coming in the slightest. I could easily see this one adapted into a Netflix or Hulu series.
Born in Los Angeles, Sara Faring is a multi-lingual Argentine-American fascinated by literary puzzles. After working in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, she worked at Penguin Random House. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in International Studies and from the Wharton School in Business. She currently resides in New York City.
Her first novel, The Tenth Girl, will be released by Macmillan/Imprint on September 24, 2019. Sara is represented by Sarah Bedingfield at Levine Greenberg Rostan Agency.