By

Read By

Kristin Atherton

Length

9 hrs and 58 mins

Audiobook Review

The Girl She Wanted

K.L. Slater

Overall
Performance

Slater Snares Me Again

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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects

STAR RATINGS GUIDE

THE BIRDICT

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💛 Who Can You Trust? That's the question in this tense, unsettling and addictive thriller from K.L. Slater.

💚 Alexa loves her sister, Carrie. Carrie's always been there for her and for her daughter, Florence. But as the story unfurls, so does Carrie's trust in her sister. And I felt like I was along for the ride, constantly doubting characters and their motives.

💜 What I loved about this was the intrigue. K.L. Slater is like the chess master of the thrillersphere, always seven steps ahead, always thinking of new ways to confound. She layers lies upon secrets upon illusions and always has sky high stakes, like the threat of Alexa's daughter being taken away by social services.

❤️️ In classic Slater style, there are frustrating injustices that I was desperate to see righted. In this case, it was Carrie continuing to live with Alexa and Florence despite the problems it caused. Now, Slater did take this a bit too far. The lost star is for the classic trope of the naive character. Alexa is slavishly loyal to he sister. Normally, this would completely put me off, but it's more believable here because Carrie is so controlling.

SQUAWKING THE TALK

🎧 Confession time: I spent the entire book assuming it was Joanne Froggatt narrating and only realised it was Kristin Atherton when it came to writing this review. Given that I love Froggatt, this is a compliment, but doesn't excuse all the silent praise I sent the wrong way. SO. Atherton is a fantastic narrator. She is likeable as Alexa and unsettling and ominous as Carrie. As the single voice throughout, she is remarkably versatile.

SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO...​​

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I'm going to compare this to other books by Slater. I'd say this is not her top book - that's probably Blink or Liar, but it's still compelling.
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ABOUT

The Girl She Wanted

THE BLURB

What was my sister doing standing over Florence’s cot in the middle of the night?

I trust my sister, Carrie, with my daughter’s life.

But then she’s accused of a terrible crime.

Carrie lives under our roof, she pushes my daughter on the swings, she takes her out for ice cream.

You might ask, why do I let her? Why would I risk my darling baby? How could I let my sister stay?

Because I have a dangerous secret, too. One that only Carrie knows about. And if that secret gets out, I could lose my little girl....