** This is an advanced readers copy that I received from The Book Bratz at BookCon 2019**
Book Title: The Tenth Girl
Author: Sara Faring
Number of Pages: 464
Release Date: September 24, 2019
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.
I was really excited to have had the chance of receiving an advanced copy from The Book Bratz at BookCon 2019. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I LOVED the cover of the book and of course the concept of the book. It reminded me of the Haunting of Hill House show (oops, never knew it was a book).
This book is about a young woman named Mavi who goes to work as a teacher at the Vaccaro finishing school in Buenos Aires in order to escape the military regime that subsequently took her mother. Mavi and other teachers are there to teach ten girls of the Argentinian elite during the 1970’s. This school had been previously shut down for sixty years due to teachers and students suddenly becoming ill and dying. There were rumors that this happened because the house was haunted/cursed by the people who previously owned the land.
I did enjoy most of the book, but I felt that the pacing was a little slow throughout the book. There was a lot of repetitiveness about the curse of the school, where other things could have been explained more. I felt that she could have gotten to the point of certain things a lot sooner. I liked that it was written from two different perspectives, but there wasn’t a lot of backstory on one of the perspectives, so it made it difficult to follow.
There was a major plot twist towards the end of the book, but I felt like it came out of left field. I don’t mind books that are thrilling with a bit of mystery, but I was left in complete confusion finishing the book. I almost wished this plot twist was done a little bit differently and the author kept with the concept of the house being haunted with ghosts. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars because I did like where she was going with the plot for about 3/4 of the way in, but I felt it just faltered towards the end of the book. I would still recommend this book to anyone that enjoys paranormal/gothic genres.