The Girl Who Lived

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Pub Date 04 Nov 2017 | Archive Date 30 Apr 2018


Ten years ago, four people were brutally murdered. One girl lived.

No one believes her story.
The police think she's crazy.
Her therapist thinks she's suicidal.
Everyone else thinks she's a dangerous drunk.
They're all right--but did she see the killer?

As the anniversary of the murders approaches, Faith Winters is released from the psychiatric hospital and yanked back to the last spot on earth she wants to be--her hometown where the slayings took place. Wracked by the lingering echoes of survivor's guilt, Faith spirals into a black hole of alcoholism and wanton self-destruction. Finding no solace at the bottom of a bottle, Faith decides to track down her sister's killer--and then discovers that she's the one being hunted.

How can one woman uncover the truth when everyone's a suspect--including herself?

From the mind of Wall Street Journal bestselling author Christopher Greyson comes a story with twists and turns that take the reader to the edge of madness. The Girl Who Lived should come with a warning label: Once you start reading, you won't be able to stop. Not since Girl on the Train and Gone Girl has a psychological thriller kept readers so addicted--and guessing right until the last page.

Ten years ago, four people were brutally murdered. One girl lived.

No one believes her story.
The police think she's crazy.
Her therapist thinks she's suicidal.
Everyone else thinks she's a dangerous...

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Greyson is a master of weaving suspense and keeping the reader guessing as to who is to blame. Faith Winters is an addict, a survivor, and a women who wonders why she lives. Having spent years in a psychiatric hospital she finally gets to step into freedom. Question is can she revisit Marshfield the place of murder and the killer that was never caught! Danger is chasing Faith and she cannot decide who is friend and who is the monster. Can six shots of whisky decide her fate? "A copy of this book was provided by author via Netgalley with no requirement for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."

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This book was my first Christopher Grayson thriller and I must say: "This man knows how to write an exciting psychological thriller." As soon as I started this book, I could not put it down.

Faith is a survivor who really lives the living nightmare. She is a very authentic victim...
It's hard not to gush, but I do not want to spoil anything. Just let me say, that Mr. Greyson wove an exciting network of fear, loss, mistrust, despair, and rage. There are a lot of turns and twists until everything is finally revealed. - This book would be a great movie!

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This is a top notch psychological thriller from Christopher Greyson. The plotlines are tight and there is excellent character development. The suspense slowly builds throughout the book, keeping the reader on edge and furiously flipping pages. The plot is multi-layered and full of twists, each one casting more doubt as to the main character's credibility and sanity. This all culminates in a shocking and satisfying conclusion.

The beginning of the book finds Faith preparing to be discharged from a mental institution after spending a year locked up behind its walls. The conditions of her release call for her to return to her hometown, where everyone knows her story and treats her like an unhinged psych patient. The anniversary of the horrible murders is also looming.
Little does Faith know that someone is watching her every move. She soon begins to sense that she is being watched and targeted as strange things begin to happen in her life. The problem is that no one will listen to her, writing it off as delusions or a call for attention. While battling her demons of alcohol and survivor's guilt, Faith desperately tries to put the pieces together and track down her watcher before time runs out. A series of new murders casts a looming suspicion on Faith, and she feels completely trapped as the walls close in around her. Faith feels utterly helpless as she doesn't know where she can turn or who she can trust.

The writing style and pace of this book is excellent. Chapter 5 is one of those epic chapters that makes you appreciate good writing. Chapter 26 gave me chills. The last chapter is heartwarming and hopeful. The plot twists are masterfully crafted. This is the stuff great books are remembered for.

I would recommend this book to fans of psychological thrillers and suspense. I received this as a free ARC from Greyson Media Associates on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Girl Who Lived by Christopher Greyson is the first book I’ve read by this author. And it definitely won’t be my last! This expertly woven story kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t put it down. And I definitely didn’t see the shocking ending coming. One of the best thrillers I’ve read all year! Fans of Karin Slaughter need to check out Christopher Greyson.

*ARC proved by NetGalley for an honest.

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I started this book early this morning and was unable to put it down, until I finished, just now! It was divinely dark and angsty. The character of Faith was so complex and deeply-developed, that you are easily pulled into her story and her emotions. Her survivor's guilt weighs heavy on her, sending her spiraling out of control and straight into the pit of addiction. As she tries to reconcile her past, she find herself teetering on the edge of sanity, while also being hunted by a crazed killer.

The plot of this story moves at a rapid pace and is deliciously twisted, keeping you guessing the whole pulse-pounding way through. I loved the combination of fear and anticipation I experienced, as I wondered what would come next with page I turned.

As a devoted connoisseur of psychological thrillers, I found this book to be superbly satisfying and supremely gratifying. It's easy to see why Greyson is a leader in this genre.

*I received a complimentary ARC of this story through NetGalley and Greyson Media Associates in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.

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This is the first book I have read from Christopher Greyson. He is a very suspenseful writer always leaving me second guessing my thoughts on who did it. His way of writing is right up there with the likes of Grisham and Patterson.
If you read this book you will not be able to put it down like me....I read it in one sitting.

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I received an ARC from NetGalley to read and review. The below is my honest, unbiased opinion. Thank you, Christopher Greyson, the publisher, and NetGalley, for allowing me to review.

Ten years ago, four people were brutally murdered. One girl lived.

No one believes her story.
The police think she’s crazy.
Her therapist thinks she’s suicidal.
Everyone else thinks she’s a dangerous drunk.
They’re all right—but did she see the killer?

As the anniversary of the murders approaches, Faith Winters is released from the psychiatric hospital and yanked back to the last spot on earth she wants to be—her hometown where the slayings took place. Wracked by the lingering echoes of survivor’s guilt, Faith spirals into a black hole of alcoholism and wanton self-destruction. Finding no solace at the bottom of a bottle, Faith decides to track down her sister’s killer—and then discovers that she’s the one being hunted.

How can one woman uncover the truth when everyone’s a suspect—including herself?

This was my first Christopher Greyson novel, and I was not disappointed. First, let's talk cover envy. This cover is GORGEOUS. And with that, the writing was superb: Greyson definitely spent a lot of time plotting this one, where the plot points intertwined perfectly and left me guessing what would happen next until the perfectly executed ending. I greatly admired the character development--Faith in particular. Greyson managed to pull at every emotion I had with this one! If you love psychological thrillers, you'll enjoy this one.

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The Girl Who Lived grabbed me on page one. This is the first book I have read by Christopher Greyson but it won’t be the last. This book follows Faith, the lone survivor of a horrible crime, from her release from an institution a few days before the anniversary of the murders through solving the crime. Greyson’s story line gives hints as well as red herrings. It is a great story. I have already personally recommended this book to friends.

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My first encounter with this author came via "Jack of Hearts," a recent entry in his series featuring detective Jack Stratton. That one made a favorable impression - I look forward to the next one, hint, hint - and when I ran across this new standalone, I considered giving it a try. When I read the description, I was convinced that reading it would be a good idea - so even though it was just days before the release date, I requested, and was approved for, an advance copy (thank you).

In fact, it turned out to be a GREAT idea; my concern that I might not get it finished on time vanished after a handful of chapters. NFL and college football games came and went unwatched, Lawrence Welk got recorded, and I even skipped at least one lunch because I couldn't bring myself to put it down. A 5-star rating? A no-brainer.

The book's title reflects the title of another book - one written by the mother of Faith Winters. Ten years earlier, Faith's beloved sister Kim and two others died violent deaths, reportedly at the hand of her father, who then committed suicide. Faith, who was present at the time, managed to hide out in the dark woods. She escaped certain death, yes, but she was left with deep psychological wounds. Faith's mother, a therapist, worked through her own grief by way of writing a tell-all book about the daughter - Faith - who survived.

Faith continued to bury her anguish by way of alcohol, temper tantrums and other behavioral no-nos, which in turn landed her in a psychiatric hospital. But now, close to the anniversary of the murders, she gets the okay for release - on the condition that she return to the hometown in which all the blood was shed and participate in group therapy programs. No matter what she tries, though, she's not able to shake off the trauma of her past - nor her belief that the father she loved did not commit the awful crimes. That's because she'd seen another person at the scene back then - an unknown man she calls "Rat Face."

But alas, no one - not even the police - believed her then, nor do they believe her now. Even when she spots him once again, everyone thinks it's all in her twisted mind. Everyone, that is, except Rat Face, who learns that Faith has spotted him again. Now, he - and possibly his partners in crime - must do whatever it takes to keep from being identified, including making sure that this time, they leave no witnesses. Several twists and turns lead to an exciting conclusion (I won't say it's totally satisfying, but the loose ends get pretty well tied up). In short? Very well done and highly recommended.

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What a fantastic roller coaster ride!

I was caught off guard, I laughed, and I cried. I wanna blame PMS, but you guys... this ending is powerful.

I wanna be just like Faith, minus the tragedy she endures. This girl is the strongest woman I've ever encountered. When faced with a situation where you can literally trust no one, what would you do? Faith? Well she fought and fought hard. I want to hug her, and tell her I'm proud of her and I admire her.

I don't even think I can put into words how much I loved this book. Suspicion is cast upon so many characters, and they all fit the bill. But the reality of the thing is so much crazier than anyone could anticipate!

I'd never say this in real life, but thank god for hidden cameras :)

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This is a most amazing story, full of suspense, deceit, mistrust and a profound fondness for the main character, Faith. Faith is badly flawed, she survived the murder of her father, beloved sister, a friend and her mother. She is released from a mental institution determined to find the killer. The police do not believe her story as to how she survived. She feels guilty having survived, uses alcohol to ease her pain and has no idea who she can trust. If you are a fan of tense thrillers, this is for you. I am now going to devour other books by Christopher Greyson!

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She was just a child, but the nightmare she witnessed and survived was the end of the innocence of Faith Winters and only the beginning of ten years of living hell. Dark, mysterious and edgy, THE GIRL WHO LIVED by Christopher Greyson is a tale of guilt, deceit and borderline insanity for Faith, because as if surviving the deaths of her father, sister, best friend and best friend’s mother wasn’t horrific enough for a young teen, having her own mother profit at her expense and new found infamy could drive anyone to the edge. Ten years of institutions, doctors and drowning herself in alcohol to numb the pain, wouldn’t help, either. Faith knew she had to find who killed her family, if only to prove to herself that it wasn’t her.

It was when she moved back to her childhood town that she started seeing the Ratman, the man she saw all those years ago, the man she hid from under a log for four hours, the man no one believes exists. Hallucinations? Drunken illusions? Who can Faith trust? Who will believe in her? So far, she is alone, so far only the FBI agent says she will help, but she never does…leaving Faith lost in the vortex of the terror that resides in her mind, of the truth she knows is out there, if only someone would have her back…if only they would see her as more than THE GIRL WHO LIVED.

Christopher Greyson’s dark journey runs at breakneck speeds, so hang on for those sharp turns and beware of those who haunt the shadows, because people are dying and things are happening and they all point back to Faith and Faith has nowhere to hide when the secrets all around her start closing in...

I had to do a balancing act on the edge of my seat for this one! Wickedly twisted, terrifyingly dark, like running through a monster-filled maze alone, when the lights go out and that next turn is a dead end. Christopher Greyson has just made my “Authors to read when I want to be up all night,” list!

I received an ARC edition from Greyson Media. This is my voluntary review!

Publisher: Greyson Media; 1 edition (November 4, 2017)
Publication Date: November 4, 2017
Genre: Suspense | Thriller
Print Length: 329 pages
Available from: Amazon
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This is one of the best suspense novels I have read in a long time. As a child, Faith witnessed a terrible crime that resulted in the loss of her sister and father and her innocence. She spends the next ten years in and out of trouble, addiction and on the brink of insanity. As the ten year anniversary of the events that changed her life approaches, she gets closer and closer to the truth. I love a book that keeps me guessing till the end.

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Wow... just when you think you have it all worked out... plot twist! This book sucked me in.. so much happening. Faith is a survivor.. and she wasn't coping well with it. Drinking too much, medication and bad decisions. Thanks to Netgalley and Greyson Media Associates for a copy of this book to read and review

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"It's Death Day. Did you bring me a present?"

Ten years ago Faith Winters was almost 13 years old and ended up being at the scene of mass murder, which included members of her family.

She just was released from a psychiatric hospital and has to head back to her hometown as part of the release agreement. She also has to go to AA meetings, Survivor meetings, and meet with her parole officer.

She finds herself spiraling downward quickly as the anniversary date of the murders quickly approaches, and since the killers were never caught, she doesn't know who to trust or who to get help from

I liked this story a lot. There was lots of crazy action and I thought the alcoholic behaviors and the support groups were portrayed very clearly and truthfully.

There was a lot of action and tense moments in this story about THE GIRL WHO LIVED and it kept me guessing to the very end.

I received this book from Greyson Media Associates through Net Galley in the hopes that I would read it and then write an unbiased review.

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Faith Winters and her sister, Kim, were going to their parents’ cabin to celebrate Faith’s 13th birthday. It was going to be a very special day and Faith was excited. But when they arrived at the cabin, something didn’t seem right. As they approached, the door opened and someone grabbed Kim. Kim screamed for Faith to run……..

Ten years had gone by and Faith had never fully recovered from the horror she experienced that day. Faith’s sister, father, best friend and her best friend’s mother were all found murdered. But now, after being treated in a psychiatric hospital, Faith is being released. But she is determined to seek justice for the victims, and to find the murderer.

The Girl Who Lived is a first rate, fast paced psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final pages! Twists and turns abound as you reach the final, unexpected conclusion. Thank you to author Christopher Greyson, Greyson Media LLC, and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read the ARC of this suspenseful book!

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Thanks to NetGalley, Greyson Media, and Christopher Greyson for the opportunity to read his latest thriller! I'm a big fan of the Jack Stratton series and this stand-alone thriller is just as exciting.

Faith is the lone survivor of brutal murders that took place at her family's cabin. She is released from a psychiatric hospital right before the 10th anniversary of the murders. She is ravaged with guilt and anger which she handles with alcohol. She is desperate to find the killers but the police think she's crazy and won't listen to her; her psychologist thinks she's suicidal; her mother is totally disconnected. While on her own searching for the killer, she starts feeling she's being targeted as well.

This is a great thrill ride that you won't want to put down until you find out all the answers - and I was totally surprised by the ending!

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Thank you to Greyson Media and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Faith has finally been released from the hospital. She has an apartment, a probation officer, and a therapist all courtesy of her mother. Faith hasn't been dealing well with the murder of her father, her best friend, her best friend's mother, and her sister. Especially since the local police believe that her father murdered them all and then committed suicide.

Faith has mostly accepted that, but she knows that her father didn't kill them. She saw the killer and she has seen him more than once. So when she heads out to get drunk and sees him again she is more determined to find him. Soon things start happening, her car is moved, someone breaks into her apartment.

As Faith digs deeper and deeper, and everyone thinks she is losing it and then the murders happen. Faith realizes that someone is out to frame her. She has to figure this out before it is too late.

Every time, I guessed I was wrong, and when it was finally revealed I was floored. I can't remember the last time I was shocked at a reveal like that. I loved this, Faith wasn't always likable but she was honest and raw and full of rage. I could understand given all that she had been through why she was like that.

I now need to read his other books, because this was so good. I loved every horrifying minute of it!

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Wow, this book was great. It’s a fast-paced thriller and I finished it as fast as I possibly could! I didn’t want to put it down. I definitely recommend this book.

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So, I will wholeheartedly admit that there were a few times I needed to put my Kindle in the freezer and step away from this one. And then I quickly rushed back to it! The visuals you get while reading this will give you chills, and it is a FANTASTIC introduction to the author. I was terrified and enthralled, and terrified, and maybe I slept with the lights on for a night after this. I would love to hear the audiobook version, I think you'd be never be able to stop listening!

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I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book kept giving me panic attacks! Faith witnessed the death of her Dad, sister and friend. No one believes she saw the real killer. The police feel they solved the case. She is determined to prove them wrong. So many twists and turns. Terrific writing and very engaging characters. Did not see the ending coming. Very well done.

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The Girl Who Lived is my first read by author, Christopher Greyson. I was hooked at chapter one. The author was able to grab my attention from the beginning and keep it until the end. I could not put this book down and finished it in one day which is super-fast for me. The cover art for this book was amazing!

I totally loved the main character, Faith Winters. She is a young girl who comes with many flaws but because of that it makes her story real and believable. I was rooting for her throughout the book as she dealt with survivor’s guilt, anger, mental illness, thoughts of suicide, and alcoholism.

I love books with lots of twists and turns and this one did not disappoint. The author had me guessing clear up to the end. And WOW! What an ending! I thought I had it all figured out then NO…back to square one again. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves psychological thrillers and a good whodunit mystery. Five out of five stars for The Girl Who Lived!!!

Thank you Christopher Greyson, Greyson Media Associates, and NetGalley for providing me with a digital copy of this book to read.

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This book was SO good that I could not put it down! Fast-paced thriller which so much going on and SO many plot twists. Faith, the main character, is a true survivor but she had a hard time fighting depression and anxiety for many years and dealt with it by drinking enough to make her an addict. She is such a strong person though which I really admired. Has a surprise ending that I did not see coming at all! Definitely worth your time! Great psychological thriller and a great mystery! Thanks for the ARC!! Loved it!!!!

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Wooo! this book was quite the thriller, and I couldn't put it down. A dark tale that consumed me in one sitting. I am so glad that I wasn't able to see it coming, that twist was like whip lash. I friggin love it when that happens! The main character was awesome, its like I knew her, or I was her. I can't explain it any other way, except that I was so intune with the character. I felt invested . Def a book I recommend, and I look forward to more work by this author.

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This was the first book I have r3ad by Christopher Grayson. I was hooked from the very beginning. the book was full of plot twists all the way to the end. The main character lives through a horrific tragedy only to spend the next 10 years in madness trying to get someone to believe her and what she saw. It is a nail biter to the end. I did not want to put it down. I plan to check out some of the authors other books. I received this book from NetGalley for my honest opinion.

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