The Thirteenth Girl

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Pub Date 23 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 08 Aug 2022


A little girl in a white nightdress stands out in the snow, watching the large brick house burn before her eyes…

My name is Lucy Townsend.

I was born on Friday the thirteenth, and I was the thirteenth girl living in the big house. Unlucky for some.

But I was the fortunate one. I escaped. The only one who made it out alive.

And now, twenty years after that fateful night, the secrets of the past and what happened in that house are pulling me back.

I might not be so lucky this time…

A totally gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller with twists and turns you just won’t see coming. Perfect for fans of Girl A and The Family Upstairs.

Readers are gripped by Sarah Goodwin:

Suspense, twists, deceit I had my heart in my mouth the whole time’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

IT WAS SO GOOD’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Utterly unputdownable… You’re going to love every single twisty page!!’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

INTENSEMy heart was pounding’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I started this book today and finished it in one sitting. I literally could not put it down’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Definitely a five-star read. I couldn't put this one down. It never failed to keep me on the edge of my seat… Such a great ending too!!’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wow! I read this way too quickly, I really didn't want it to end… Amazing… Loved it!’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘You'll be on the edge of your seat, racing to finish this book… I read this book one afternoon. I simply could not put it down. I cannot wait until a friend reads this book because I want to discuss it… Get a copy now!!’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A little girl in a white nightdress stands out in the snow, watching the large brick house burn before her eyes…

My name is Lucy Townsend.

I was born on Friday the thirteenth...

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Sarah Goodwin really is a master storyteller. Weaving a gritty, edgy, sometimes distrubing, highly gripping storyline. This one will have you up late at night trying to desperately find out what happened and who did it.

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From a young age, Lucy was raised by a cult that her mother was a leading member of. She is now an adult and married to Marshal, who is from a well known family. When news comes out that Lucy was a part of a cult growing up, things become difficult for the family and Lucy is sent to a cottage to spend some time away and out of the spotlight. During her stay, Lucy has an accident and is taken to a hospital. But when she wakes up in the hospital she finds out her past is back to haunt her and that the members of the cult need her back, but why?

This was another page-turner! I have read several books about cults lately, but this one was very interesting and I liked the suspense of the story very much. I think Sarah Goodwin is a great story teller and you will find THE THIRTEENTH GIRL to be a quick and exciting read until the very last page!

Many thanks to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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This one was right up my alley. Not only were there intriguing questions being asked that I was dying to find out the answers to-- I did and was totally shocked-- but this book was so dark. I gobbled it up.

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Thank you Netgalley and Avon Books UK for the copy of The Thirteenth Girl by Sarah Goodwin. I loved the writing and the story started out great! I loved books about cults, and there seem to be a number of them being written now. The story took an unexpected and dark turn, and it became harder for me to connect to the story. I didn’t really like or trust any of the characters. Lucy was obviously damaged and was handling it by trying to hide it. Her husband and in-laws were horrible. I will continue to read Ms Goodwin’s books because she is a good writer, this one was just not really great for me. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

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An exciting read that was hard to put. There are many twists and turns as the protagonist Lucy tries to come to turns with her past. Lucy investigates her past through her memories and once again is caught up in the evil of her mother's cult. The story keeps the reader enthralled as you travel towards an unexpected ending. Highly recommended read and well worth five (5) stars

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OH MY GOSH i enjoyed this book it was well written with a gripping and engaging storyline and well developed characters. It was a compelling read that was dark and disturbing at times with twists and unpreductability that had me guessing right up until the end. I loved it.

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Wow is the only word to describe this book it is that good. It centres on a cult and one little girl who managed to escape and lead a normal life. That was until now, they want her back and will stop at nothing until they get her.

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I enjoyed this book. The author blew me away, the writing is written perfectly. The story was a little creepy, super dodgy and EVERYONE was a suspect. I did enjoy the way this book wove its way through the stories. There wasn't too many characters and I was rooting for the MC.
I had to suspend my belief a little when we got 60 % in, and that threw me a little bit. But the final ending made up for it all.

All in all it was a good read. Wont be my last Sarah Goodwin book.

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A dark, emotional read full of suspense and intrigue. The 13th Girl is a disturbing, slow burn thriller that will keep you gripped.

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There is SO MUCH happening here!… gripping and full of suspense and twists. And that ending is shocking. I never saw those reveals coming…

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What can I say as this book was so good, it kept me gripped from beginning to end, the ending was just brilliant ..

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Thank you to NetGalley and AvonBooksUK for the ARC of this book!

Lucy Townsend was the sole survivor of a fire that destroyed the commune where she lived. Lucy Townsend grew up in a cult and her mother was one of the leading members. After she escaped the fire, she grew up in foster homes. As an adult, Lucy married Marshall and works as an admin in a hospital. She kept her past from Marshall and only really has one friend at work, Ellie. Lucy has been in therapy, but she remembers very little about what occurred during her life when she lived on the commune with the cult. Then one day, her past comes back to haunt her – on the front page of the news. Instantly, her husband knows that she lied to him, and he and his politically affiliated family try to get ahead of it. At a press conference, she is asked questions about circumstances of the cult which stun her. Now it seems as if Lucy is running from her past, can she escape it?

This book was a WOW for me. It’s my first book by this author, but I will now be reading her other book. This book was intense, suspenseful and heartbreaking all in one. The plot was something new and interesting, and everything you can expect from a cult book. I devoured this book, I didn’t want to stop reading it. There were twists, betrayals and shocks included in this book, which always makes for a good book. I really enjoyed the ending. I was glad it wasn’t a typical ending and that the author went a different way. I was really rooting for Lucy throughout the whole book, and it isn’t often I actually root for a character. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading cult books.

This book comes out on June 23, 2022. You can pre-order it here.

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Lucy Townsend recently discovers she is pregnant, and her husband is ecstatic but Lucy is not so pleased and can’t figure out how it has happened. Then out of the blue, the press reveals Lucy’s hidden identity and Marshall and his parents are shocked, though as a politician, seem more concerned about his fathers reputation. Lucy was the sole survivor of a cult which also dabbled in prostitution and exploitation, after a tragic fire. Lucy is packed off for a while while Marshall and his parents deal with the media.
Lucy is injured while sent off to a place near where the cult used to be based. She is injured and taken to hospital. Then things take a chilling turn and nothing is now what is seems. Lucy needs to escape but her past won’t let her go.
A disturbing sub plot which send chills up your spine reading this. An enjoyable plot which takes many turns. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend.

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I thoroughly enjoyed Goodwin's previous novel, Stranded, and had high hopes for this book; I was not disappointed. The Thirteenth Girl is very readable, it twists and turns and leaves the reader second-guessing throughout.

I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys fast-paced thrillers.

Many thanks to Sarah Goodwin, NetGalley, and Avon Books UK for this copy.

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The Thirteenth Girl is a fun, twisty thriller! I truly enjoyed the twists and turns. Sarah Goodwin has a great, fast paced writing style that kept me turning the pages!

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oh my gosh, this was so suspenseful and completely un-put-down-able. Definitely one to read with the lights on!!!

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This book was a novel of so many things. I have so much to say about this book but it would be spoilers. I will just write that this is one hell of a novel. There were so many twists and turns that I could not stop reading until I finished. Read this book. It will stay with you for a long time.

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Very interesting read....a supposed abandoned daughter.....a missing or dead Mother....a controlling husband...a strange best friend....and a woman who has found herself pregnant and does not understand how. Why hasn't her pill worked? How did she get caught up in a media storm? She only wants a quiet life but life has other plans.
I was rooting so much for Lucy from the get go and was wondering why there seemed to be so many forces against her. Gripping, I really enjoyed this book so much. Highly recommend!

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