When you have a hidden past, it’s hard to go every day without suspecting innocent occurrences, without being paranoid. Leah is such a person. She lives a nondescript life, working in a nondescript library, coming home to a sparse and nondescript flat. She believes she doesn’t deserve anything better because of what she did.
But then, on the anniversary of the thing that changed her life, messages begin to come to Leah. Emails, texts, letters, and more. They come at such times that Leah begins to suspect those around her. Could it be her coworker, Maria? Her boss? Her new bookish friend Ben? Her new love interest, Julian — the only person she’s been involved with since Adam so many years ago? Or someone completely unknown?
This book is equal parts mystery and suspense, with some action and young adult scenes thrown in (written as a then-and-now/flashbacks storyline). The ending is something you will not anticipate, while also knowing it was going to happen all along. And then there’s a twist. And another twist.
The Girl with No Past is definitely a must-read, but I do find that the incident was not what I expected, and Leah’s guilt and self-punishment is slightly undeserved. You’ll have to see what you think — does Leah deserve what’s coming to her?
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for my honest review.