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.