Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Okay, first take a good look at that creepy cover and try to understand why I couldn’t pass this up. Birthday Girl by Matthew Iden is a book that I haven’t seen on many blogs, which is a pity since this is actually a really gripping thriller.
This is the story of Elliott Nash, a homeless man who used to be a brilliant psychiatrist but the death of his daughter left him completely desperate. Eight years after her daughter’s death, a woman called Amy looks for his help to find her missing daughter Lacey, whom she believes to be alive even after almost a year. Elliott and Amy start investigating Lacey’s disappearance, which they believe to be connected to other missing kids that were found killed around their birthdays. But what exactly is going on?
This was a quick and fast-paced read, I read it in about two days and it was one of those stories that I was quite excited to go back to. I really liked Amy and Elliott’s characters because, despite their flaws, you could see that they were actually really good people. I also loved how the author, Matthew Iden, explored the topic of living in the streets. It really made me think, especially when Elliott’s character mentioned how sometimes homeless people scream at you, not because they’re crazy, but because they want to feel visible. It was heartbreaking.
There were several points of view in Birthday Girl, yet the most gripping were those who featured Sister and the children. My favorite kids were Charlie and Charlotte, of course! Oh, and if you read that prologue and don’t become immediately hooked, I don’t know what else will do, really. It was so so creepy and scary that I had to keep reading!
A minor issue I had with Birthday Girl was that the last part felt a bit rushed and you actually knew everything before the characters found out, something which I found rather anticlimactic. However, later, there was also a small twist that was smart and satisfactory and in the end, I did love how things turned out to be.
Many thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for providing me an e-copy in exchange for an honest review