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The Girl Who Lived

Written by: Christopher Greyson
Narrated by: Amy McFadden
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

10 years ago, four people were brutally murdered. One girl lived.

No one believes her story. The police think she’s crazy. Her therapist thinks she’s suicidal. Everyone else thinks she’s a dangerous drunk. They’re all right - but did she see the killer?

As the anniversary of the murders approaches, Faith Winters is released from the psychiatric hospital and yanked back to the last spot on earth she wants to be - her hometown where the slayings took place. Wracked by the lingering echoes of survivor’s guilt, Faith spirals into a black hole of alcoholism and wanton self-destruction. Finding no solace at the bottom of a bottle, Faith decides to track down her sister’s killer - and then discovers that she’s the one being hunted.

How can one woman uncover the truth when everyone’s a suspect - including herself?

From the mind of Wall Street Journal best-selling author Christopher Greyson comes a story with twists and turns that take the listener on a journey of light and dark, good and evil, to the edge of madness. The Girl Who Lived should come with a warning label: Once you start listening, you won’t be able to stop. Not since Girl on the Train and Gone Girl has a psychological thriller kept listeners so addicted - and guessing right until the last minute.

©2017 Greyson Media (P)2017 Greyson Media

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Couldn’t stop listening

So many twists and questions unanswered- I kept wanting to listen to just one more chapter which would become 3 more or even more.

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great story

loved it. listened while taking a road trip...and the time flew by while driving!!! first audio book purchase. i will definatly be buying more!

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  • shelley
  • Raleigh, NC
  • 2017-12-15

Who do you trust when you trust no one?

I want to thank Audible reviewer Wayne for pointing me to this book, I totally missed this one!
I thought this was a very good book. Completely different from the Jack Stratton novels which are fast and fun. This book is a little more serious. I wouldn't say more complex but I wouldn't call it fun. Definitely fast paced with a wide variety of murder suspects. By the time I got to the end I had kind of guessed who done it but was still a little surprised when that person was confirmed. All of the loose ends were not neatly tied up but I guess the author leaves that up to the listeners imagination, unless he intends to write another.
Amy McFadden did a wonderful job narrating. Her voice fit the main character perfectly.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • reviewer in Wisconsin
  • 2019-01-24

Kept me on the edge of my seat

I didn’t like The Girl on the Train, so I usually steer clear of books with descriptions that include “If you liked Girl on the Train...” This was an exception.

Another reviewer said that there was an early hint to who the killer really was. I missed that clue. At one point or another I wondered if each character was the real killer.

Another reviewer said that there were too many characters introduced later in the story. There were a lot of characters who came in later in the story, but it also didn’t seem strange. Faith spent a lot of time in a psych hospital. She didn’t have friends. Acquaintances and friends of some people who had been friends of the family before the murders came into the picture later on. People wanted to protect her, so it didn’t seem strange that they would shelter her for a time from others.

With all sorts of seemingly loose ends, I was getting concerned that the author wouldn’t be able to pull off a decent ending, but I found the ending satisfying.

The characters had enough depth to be interesting and likable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-07

For young teens

I’m 23 and I feel like the book was to immature for me. The plot sounds good but wasn’t worth it for me. The ending is good but the whole read was poorly executed in my opinion.

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  • Robert S
  • 2018-11-20

Not my cup of tea…

Perhaps it was the narrator, but this felt like a 16 hour, one-way conversation with a female millennial about the sufferings of her besty. If it was the writer’s intent to bury us so deeply in the protagonists tortured life that we could not see up from down, then he achieved his goal brilliantly. But as a “psychological thriller” I found the book to be so gratuitous
in that regard as to lose any pacing and ultimately overwhelm the slightest hint of suspense.

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  • wbc
  • California
  • 2018-11-07

Almost good

However Faith was a whiner, Thad sounded drunk before he drank and just got worse and the characters who could have been developed and thus interesting never were. The last 10 minutes was simply stupid.

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  • Christina in Buffalo
  • Depew, NY, United States
  • 2019-05-02

Frustrating

I have never read a book where I actually wanted the heroine to get caught and go to jail rather than to win over the bad guys. So many things that Faith did were so ridiculously stupid, it wasn’t even credulous. A 12 year old would have more common sense, I was frustrated just listening to it for the first 3/4 of the book.

However I have to give props to the writing in that the killer was trying to make our hero go crazy, and it was written so well that I was experiencing anxiety myself just following along. If the author wanted the readers to feel Faith’s anxiety, it worked well.

Toward the end all the different twists and all the little innuendos of each of the main characters brought excitement and intrigue back to the storyline.

Not a huge fan of the very end at the cabin, I think that would have been better as an epilogue.

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  • Richard & Lynzie Siegrist
  • 2017-12-31

very enjoyable

I really enjoyed this suspense story I had my mind going... is this the guy... or that guy.. oh. maybe this guy!. there was clues along the way. but by the finale you weren't sure which clue to trust. fantastic! and as always, Amy McFadden performance brilliant. I got the book because she was the one reading, so it was amazing the book was just as good.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 2017-12-14

Excellent psychological thriller, but it...

...is not quite as good as either any of the 7 novel Jack Stratton modern detective series by the same author (Christopher Greyson) or the psychological thriller I reviewed last night (Killman Creek by Rachel Caine). There is a plot twist at the end of the Girl Who Lived that is so stunning that I must rate the novel 5 stars.

The Girl Who Lived is about 23 year old Faith Winters who has been in and out of mental hospitals during the 10 years since her dad supposedly killed her older sister and then killed himself as Faith escaped. Faith's mother, a psychologist, was not present at the time. Faith is convinced that a rat-faced man she believes she saw at the scene is the real killer. Amy McFadden's narration is first rate. I recommend this Christopher Greyson psychological thriller, but my recommendation is even stronger for Greyson's seven novel fun Detective Jack Stratton suspense mystery series which should be read in order beginning with Girl Jacked.

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  • Amber Skrent
  • 2019-04-13

Awful

Poorly written and narrated. Struggled through the lame story just to get to the disappointing end...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-05

Couldn’t Make it Past the 3rd Chapter

This book put me to sleep. I don’t know if it was the way it was written or performed but it didn’t grab my attention and it seemed to belabor points. Maybe it is just a slow start kind of read? I don’t know but I was very bored.

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