The Girl She Wanted - K.L. Slater

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Official Blurb:

What if my sister is unstable and everyone can see it but me? What was she really doing standing over Florence’s cot in the middle of the night?
Alexa has always looked up to her older sister Carrie. Carrie lives in Alexa’s family home, and adores her one-year-old niece Florence. Alexa doesn’t know how they would cope without her. So when Carrie is suspended from her job as a senior nurse, accused of the most terrible crime, Alexa reels in disbelief. Alexa knows how caring Carrie is, and as she watches Florence gurgling and cooing whenever Carrie is around, she knows her little girl is in safe hands.
Alexa’s husband doesn’t trust Carrie. He wants her out of the house, unable to ignore what people are saying about her. But when he suggests that Carrie could be a danger to their daughter, Alexa shuts him out. Nobody will ever come between her and her sister.
Then Florence is hurt while in Carrie’s care and Alexa at last starts to wonder. Alexa has always wanted to protect Carrie from the past they have hidden. But does Alexa know what Carrie wants? And will the secret that has kept the sisters together now destroy her little girl?

My Thoughts:

This was a light and easy read. It wasn’t majorly spectacular but had enough intrigue and twists to keep you reading and interested.
The author says in her note at the end that she is finding it harder and harder to please her readers as we all have such high expectations from these sort of books. I think she’s right, I have put K.L. Slater on a pedestal as one of her books is the first Psychological Thriller I ever read, and it started me off on the genre. I use her as my yardstick when reading other PTs. However, this also means that I have high hopes for her books and expect a little more than I should. I have been slightly disappointed in the past few books because of these barometers. So, with this one, I tried to enjoy it for what it was, a straightforward PT, that has lots of hooks, excitement and characters that pique your interest.
I didn’t know what the ending of this book would be and I certainly didn’t expect the outcome. I think as another reviewer has said, it is because it didn’t fit the narrative that we had been presented with earlier on in the book. The title is a little befuddling, also. Who is the girl, and who is she? I know a lot of titles are only sometimes on the periphery of the story, but this one had no bearing on the plot at all. I’m wondering if the book was supposed to take a different turn but didn’t?
Overall, not a bad read, not the best I’ve read by Slater but good enough for four stars!

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The Girl She Wanted
by K.L. Slater
Date Started
1st October 2020
Date Finished
3rd October 2020
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