I received a gifted galley of MY SWEET GIRL by Amanda Jayatissa for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!
Publication Date: 9/14/2021
Rating: 4.5 / 5
MY SWEET GIRL presents two timelines. In the present day Paloma is a young woman who is struggling with both her day to day life and with her past. Something has come between her and her family and she’s been cut off from her family funds. She’s barely making ends meet and she’s fighting with her roommate after he’s found something out about her past. She’s shocked to come home and find her roommate’s dead body and even more shocked that when she returns to the unit with the police, the body is gone and there’s no sign that anything has gone on. She decides to move into her absent parents’ home, but strange things continue to happen even there.
In the second timeline we’re following Paloma’s time in a Sri Lankan orphanage prior to being adopted and brought to America. There, the girls are haunted by a ghost of myth that Paloma’s best friend swears is real. It is clear that this ghostly figure is tied to Paloma’s present day fears, but it isn’t clear entirely how.
This book was a very wild ride and it constantly had me theorizing about what was going on! Present day Paloma was clearly an unreliable narrator and her memories and perceptions left me with a lot of questions as to how situations made sense. I thought that the way the past story was slowly disclosed interspersed with the present day was well done and kept me hooked to read more from both timelines.
There were definitely some twists that I expected, but I think the author did a great job of keeping me guessing if what I suspected was happening and how it all came to be. The clues were there for the reader such that the ending didn’t come too far out of left field, but there were enough twists and red herrings that it wasn’t too easy to figure out.
This is one I’d recommend adding to your TBR! MY SWEET GIRL is out today!