Author: Sara Faring
Pages: 464 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: September 24th, 2019
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
*Thank you Sazon Book Tours and Imprint for a review copy in exchange for my honest review and the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour*
Simmering in Patagonian myth, The Tenth Girl is a gothic psychological thriller with a haunting twist.
At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.
Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored.
One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi’s existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.
In The Tenth Girl, we are introduced to Mavi, as she flees from the military regime and lands in the newly re-opened school for the brightest and wealthiest girls in Argentina. Mavi, as a character is weirdly complex. I think this is due to how the story was written to have so much mystery tied to it. At time, I couldn’t grasped Mavi’s Arc and struggled with investing in a character I knew little about. However, although this wasn’t a strong point for me in this book, I really enjoyed other elements. The setting was probably my favorite part of this story. An old haunted house turned boarding school for the elite. I may still be catching up to YA tropes but this was pretty unique to me and this was the element that kept me most invested. The backdrop of the story set the eery, yet thrilling story full of mystery and suspense. The setting was written to feel realistic. I, at times, felt as if I was there with Mavi feeling the same uneasiness.
The plot of the story dragged at times and although the ending was unexpected, I wanted to have more of a buildup then it did. That ending was something I never saw coming and makes me want to read more. The story is promising and if written as a series can work out well. The story is fascinating, and beautifully written. the twists are unexpected and often executed well leaving me on the edge of my seat swiftly turning the next page to know more. Overall, I think this book is a polarizing read and can cater to some, while be jsut okay to other. I think it was a pretty spooky read and I can’t wait to read more.
About the Author
Born in Los Angeles, Sara Faring is a multi-lingual Argentine-American fascinated by literary puzzles. After working in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, she worked at Penguin Random House. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in International Studies and from the Wharton School in Business.
She currently resides in New York City.