The Thirteenth Girl

By: Sarah Goodwin

Thank you to NetGalley and AvonBooksUK for the ARC of this book!

Lucy Townsend was the sole survivor of a fire that destroyed the commune where she lived. Lucy Townsend grew up in a cult and her mother was one of the leading members. After she escaped the fire, she grew up in foster homes. As an adult, Lucy married Marshall and works as an admin in a hospital. She kept her past from Marshall and only really has one friend at work, Ellie. Lucy has been in therapy, but she remembers very little about what occurred during her life when she lived on the commune with the cult. Then one day, her past comes back to haunt her – on the front page of the news. Instantly, her husband knows that she lied to him, and he and his politically affiliated family try to get ahead of it. At a press conference, she is asked questions about circumstances of the cult which stun her. Now it seems as if Lucy is running from her past, can she escape it?

This book was a WOW for me. It’s my first book by this author, but I will now be reading her other book. This book was intense, suspenseful and heartbreaking all in one. The plot was something new and interesting, and everything you can expect from a cult book. I devoured this book, I didn’t want to stop reading it. There were twists, betrayals and shocks included in this book, which always makes for a good book. I really enjoyed the ending. I was glad it wasn’t a typical ending and that the author went a different way. I was really rooting for Lucy throughout the whole book, and it isn’t often I actually root for a character. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading cult books.

This book comes out on June 23, 2022. You can pre-order it here.