Girl in a Bad Place by Kaitlin Ward

2 stars

Reviewed by Suzi.

Girl in a Bad Place is a thriller that, though not the most well written, is very entertaining. This book is about a cult, which, no surprise, isn't something you read about everyday. Honestly, I liked that it focused on such an unusual, though interesting topic, and I praise the author for choosing something original.

Aside from that, though, nothing else in this entire book was special or different. Nothing else made it stand out from other books. The main character was kind of relatable and realistic at first, but then she grew to become annoying and sort of cheesy as the story progressed. Her best friend, Cara, wasn't much better. I didn't understand at all the reasoning behind the decisions she made, and it felt like the author made no attempt to explain. Also, at one point, Cara suddenly changed her mind about something that she had been firm about previously, and it struck me as completely unbelievable and rushed.

Most of the book was, in fact, unbelievable. Many of the characters' actions likely wouldn't have lead to as successful an outcome as they did. The storyline, in my opinion, had a lot of potential because of its unusual topic, but all of it was sadly wasted in this book.

The writing was very simple and basic. At first, I kind of liked that because it made me read the book faster. As I continued on, however, my feelings on the writing just kind of morphed into resentment. There was no evidence whatsoever of "show not tell" in this book. Overall, it seemed like the writer liked taking the easy way out, proven by the lack of good character development and a realistic ending.

All in all, I wouldn't recommend this to many people. However, if you're looking for a short, relatively entertaining thriller without much depth to it, then this is the book for you.