adult Books coming-of-age Fiction review Suspense

Girl In The Walls by A.J. Gnuse – Review

Genre: Suspense/Coming-of-age
Published: April 2021
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Pages: 359
My Rating: πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹/5 stars

The Girl in The Walls stays safe because she hides. She doesn’t meddle in problems she can avoid.

A.J. Gnuse, Girl In The Walls

Elise is an orphaned young girl living in the walls of her former family home after her parents were killed in a car accident. The new family living in the house have no idea she is even there. But slowly, the younger son Eddie notices strange things happening. Little sounds and creaks that don’t make sense and items going missing. He’s not sure if he’s just imagining it or if there is someone or something else in the house with them. 

Do you ever remember hearing sounds in your house when you were growing up or even now? Growing up, our house made all sorts of sounds and it was never something I was scared of. My parents always described it as the wood just expanding and shrinking. 

When I read this beautifully written novel, it brought back some of those childhood memories. Girl in The Walls is a story about belonging and holding on to the past.

“But none of them would ever know the house like she did.”

The chapters are so short that I feel like I ended up flying through them while still taking in every moment. And some of them will have you at the edge of your seat. I loved the headings of each chapter, which felt like an introduction.

Early on in the story we learn more about the new family living in Elise’s old house, we get a feel of the family and dynamics through the perspective of β€˜The Girl’ as she is referred to in the beginning.

Even with her tragic past and the fact that she is now alone and having to fend for herself, I never really felt sorry for her. I was just intrigued and wanted to know about her story. We get to know more about the family and especially sibling dynamics between Eddie and Marshall. I have a younger sister, it’s just the two of us and we are so close. And because of this I found myself becoming really invested in the strained relationship between the two brothers as the story progressed. 

Later on, we learn a bit more about Elise herself and what it means for her and why it is so important that she stays connected to the house. With the house at times feeling like a character itself in this story. I loved that we get a glimpse into her past every now and then to see what life was like before she lost her parents.

I enjoyed each and every moment I spent reading this book. It is a truly unique and well-written debut novel πŸ˜Š

Disclaimer: I was sent this free copy for review by Jonathan Ball Publishers. This does not influence my review or rating in any way. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

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