The Girl From Yesterday by Kathryn Miller Haines

The Girl From Yesterday

By: Kathryn Miller Haines
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 304
Publisher: Pocket Star
Published on: April 17, 2017
The Girl From Yesterday by Kathryn Miller Haines

In the fast-paced psychological thriller traditions of Gillian Flynn, Jessica Knoll, and Liane Moriarty, Edgar Award nominated-author Kathryn Haines Miller (The Girl Is Murder) spins an engrossing tale of what might be the worst birthday ever.

Helen’s life is simple. She has a job. She has a boyfriend. She has her weekly NA meetings. No drugs, no drinking, no sex, not even any caffeine—not anymore. Because Helen knows this: once you’re an addict, you’re always an addict. There is no such thing as recovered.

And on her thirtieth birthday, the stability she’s cobbled together for herself will vanish. A call from the police, a body found, a dead woman with Helen’s name in her back pocket—it’s all so hard to believe. But then when Helen finds out the victim was her childhood best friend, a girl who went missing in high school, it’s too much.

Helen knows she has to stick to the routine that keeps her in control, and with the way the police are eyeing her for this, she’s worried about looking suspicious. But the unfortunate reemergence of her old friend—and the mysteries that always surrounded her—means Helen can trust no one, not even herself.


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The Girl From Yesterday really caught me by surprise. I was hoping it was going to be good, but it’s rare for a book to have surprises quite like this that I don’t predict within the first half of the book.


There is a lot of reference to drug use, but mainly because the main character, Helen, is in recovery from Meth. You can tell she has really been through a lot in her life and has overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. She is most definitely a strong character and it’s obvious that she wants to be a better person despite her past mistakes. The author does a very good job of capturing the emotions and issues someone in recovery can go through without trivializing any of it. It’s obvious she did extensive research on the subject.


Helen has become caught up in the mysterious death of a girl who appears to be her best friend from childhood that she hasn’t seen since 11th grade. The girl is found with only Helen’s number in her back pocket and that is it. As the story goes on, things get weirder and weirder. There are so many strange circumstantial situations that I’m not sure I could have gotten through as well as Helen has.


The Girl From Yesterday really is a thriller (I was going to say addicting but thought that would be too corny). It kept me guessing until the very end and I wish I could say more, but I’m afraid I will give something important away. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an exciting book full of intrigue and very relatable characters.



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About Kathryn Miller Haines

Kathryn Miller Haines is an actor, mystery writer, and award-winning playwright. She grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and received her BA in English and Theatre from Trinity University in San Antonio and her MFA in English from the University of Pittsburgh. She's a member of the Mary Roberts Rinehart Chapter of Sisters in Crime and has been a board member of the New York chapter of Mystery Writers of America. In addition to writing the Rosie Winter mystery series for HarperCollins, she's also written a young adult mystery series for Roaring Brook Press, a division of MacMillan, the first of which, The Girl is Murder, was nominated for 2012 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel. In April 2017 she will publish her first standalone contemporary thriller, The Girl From Yesterday (Simon and Schuster). Kathryn is an adjunct faculty member for Seton Hill's MFA in writing popular fiction.

She lives in Western Pennsylvania with her husband, son, daughter, and their two dogs.

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