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Book Review: The Girl in the Park by Mariah Fredericks

Posted on the 31 October 2011 by Darthclavie @DarthClavie
Girl in the ParkAt First Sight: Wendy Geller was once Rain's best friend as neither of them quite fit at Alcott's, the fancy prep school they both attended. Rain has always been shy and not one to speak her mind, but it was Wendy the first person to ever tell her she had something important to say.
But Wendy's obsession with fitting in and being liked eventually drove them apart; specially after Wendy's mean streak was revealed. Since then, Wendy and Rain moved in sort of parallel realms of the same world, co-existing but not really having much to do with each other.
One morning everything changes when Rain is awakened by a phone call from Wendy's mom, worried sick because Wendy never came home the previous night. At first, Rain thinks everything is fine, that Wendy is just being Wendy and making a drama out of everything, but by that night, everything has changed.
A young woman was found in the Park, strangled and possibly abused. The girl was Wendy. And from them on, nothing will ever be the same to Rain. Soon she becomes obsessed with figuring out what really happened to Wendy, how did she end up in the park and the steps that took her there.
Second Glance: I wasn't sure what to expect from The Girl in The Park by Mariah Fredericks to be honest I just grabbed this book because of the author which is one of my favorites and I was completely surprised by what I found in this story as it's kind of far removed from Frederick's previous books.
Anyway, the best way I can think of describing this book is as an episode of Law and Order SVU, it had that kind of pace and vibe where you think someone did something and then it turns out it was something else. I'm not sure how I felt about this aspect of the book. But the writing was lovely, it was lyrical and it flowed well enough, even though it had an unusual pace, going back and forth between the past and the present. I do admit ti was kind of annoying at times, making me wish it moved forward more quickly.
Bottom Line: The Girl in the Park is definitely not what I was expecting from Mariah Fredericks but at the same time it had some of the things I love best about her writing. This book wasn't a favorite of mine, but the story wrapped it self around me all the same.
Favorite Quote: "People do pretty ugly things to make themselves feel better, this I do know."

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