Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Review: The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab

Title: The Girl in the Wall
Author: Daphne Benedis-Grab
Publisher: Merit Press
Publish Date: Dec. 18th, 2012

Ariel's birthday weekend looks to be the event of the season, with a private concert by rock star Hudson Winters on the grounds of her family's east coast estate, and all of Ariel's elite prep school friends in attendance. The only person who's dreading the party is Sera, Ariel's former best friend, whose father is forcing her to go. Sera has been the school pariah since she betrayed Ariel, and she now avoids Ariel and their former friends. Thrown together, Ariel and Sera can agree on one thing: this could be one very long night.

They have no idea just how right they are.

Only moments after the concert begins and the lights go down, thugs open fire on parents and schoolmates alike, in a plot against Ariel's father that quickly spins out of control. As the entire party is taken hostage, the girls are forced apart. Ariel escapes into the hidden tunnels in the family mansion, where she and Sera played as children. Only Sera, who forges an unlikely alliance with Hudson Winters, knows where her friend could be. As the industrial terrorist plot unravels and the death toll climbs, Ariel and Sera must recall the sisterhood that once sustained them as they try to save themselves and each other on the longest night of their lives.

The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab is a heart pounding thriller that will leave you breathless. It's about two ex-friends who are trapped together in a house taken over by terrorists, during one of the girl's birthday party. They must depend on their knowledge of the house and each other to get themselves out alive.

I really enjoyed reading from the dual points of view of both Ariel and Sera. They both had enough personality that I was able to easily switch between chapters without forgetting who was where and doing what. Ariel had a mean girl vibe to her but with everything else going on this was a bit of comedic relief in the middle of a stressful situation.

Switching POV's every chapter leaves you in horrible suspense, but then you get to the end of the next chapter and want to scream, "No! Don't switch!" It was definitely an intense and gripping read that I'm sure fans of thrillers will love!

I really enjoyed The Girl in the Wall and highly recommend it to others. If you're in the mood for a suspenseful, yet cute, thrill ride than look no further. The Girl in the Wall definitely delivers.

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  1. oh I totally love when there are 2 or more POVs and you're left in suspense and rushing to find out what went on in the last POV but not wanting to leave the current POV!! >.< I hadn't seen any reviews on this one yet but it sound so good!

  2. For some reason, the title makes me think of that Edgar Allen Poe story of the wife who's walled up with the cat (that was Poe, wasn't it?). But the story sounds really intriguing!

  3. Great review. I have seen this one around a little, but haven't checked it out. Love the 2 POV aspects, it really keeps the book moving along. I'm going to check it out right now. Thanks.

    Katie ~ Turner’s Antics

  4. There have been mixed feelings for this book, so I've been hesitant to pick this one up. Hm... it does sound kind of interesting, so maybe I'll give it a try.

    Great review! Thrillers are always enjoyable to read.

    -Angie @YA Novelties


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