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Nowhere Girl

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  685 ratings  ·  145 reviews
"The day Savannah was killed she was fifteen minutes late to meet me." So begins bookseller favorite Susan Strecker's second novel of twin sisters and the murder that left one twin behind.

Savannah was the popular bad girl skipping school and moving quickly from one boyfriend to the next, so when she didn't meet Cady as promised, Cady wasn't surprised and the truth was Cady
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Sandra Gardner yes! this was an amazing book. Cady's character was so real, I could feel her as I was reading. The plot twists were also excellent.
I loved this book,…more
yes! this was an amazing book. Cady's character was so real, I could feel her as I was reading. The plot twists were also excellent.
I loved this book, couldn't put it down.
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Megan Johnson
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
For the first 60% or so of this book, I legitimately wasn't sure what to think. It wasn't riveting that your normal murder mystery...and yet there was something about it that made me have to know more about the journeys of these characters.

Nowhere Girl tells of a notorious writer who finds herself writing simply as a means of getting over her sister's brutal murder. She feels a connection to her still, as an identical twin, and for some reason is under the impression that ultimately her writing
Diane S ☔
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sometimes there are little dings in a plot that don't quite ring true, or seem unnatural or contrived and that will ruin a story for me. This book had a few of those but I still really liked it, found it intriguing. One of the reasons was Cady, who after losing her twin to a suspected murder that was never solved, grows up to write mystery novels about serial killers. Loved her close knot group of friend, that includes her brother as well. Cady seems so real, well except that her closeness to he ...more

I’m delving into past books on my pile now and again and chose this one.

I liked it. I didn’t love it as it had some pretty niggling things in here that irritated me, but, after saying that it wasn’t enough to stop me liking it.

The plot was good but predictable.

I wish the publishers would market books accordingly as sometimes they stamp a book “thriller” when it’s more like a mystery suspense, which this was.

Briana Pacheco
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
After the death of her twin sister, Savannah, Cady never really grew up. She wanted to know what happened and who killed her. The questions plagued her for years. Now, sixteen years later, Cady writes murder books and she's a married woman. She wants to investigate what happened to her sister so she decides to meet with criminals in a prison for an interview. There she meets an old crush, Brady, who is a corrections officer.

I had some difficulty with this book; I didn't like Cady's husband, I gu
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

This sounded liked a really good book and I'm sure plenty of people will love it, but I just liked it. I didn't hate it and I didn't love it.

Cady's twin sister Savannah was killed when they were teenagers. They never found the person who did it. Now Cady is older, married to Greg, and a writer of murder books.

Cady had a really hard time growing up after Savannah's murder and tried some really bad things herself.

Now, she is trying to write another book and w
Lisa Rostocki
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I won an advanced copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I had no expectations but was pleasantly surprised.

I really enjoyed reading this book about a young girl whose twin sister is murdered. The characters in the book were really easy to like and I actually read this in one sitting since I was so engaged with the writing.

The author brings a great personality to the characters that I enjoyed.

The book didn't end like I thought it would but it was a nice little twist at the end.

All in all
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
I honestly feel terrible giving low reviews. This book had so much going for it, but didn't work out for me in the end.

I enjoyed the story, however the reveal was extremely predictable and the climax and ending fell flat for me. I think if this wasn't presented as a mystery, the journey of the story would have been more interesting.
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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A mystery that involves twin sisters where one of them is murdered and the other one finds writing as a way to cope, to get over her death, a way to try to find answers on what happened. Basically that is the premise of this book, not a complicated one at first sight but one that when you read the book you can see the complexity of the situation and how hard is it for Cady to deal with it. Nowhere Girl follows the story of Savannah and Cad
Judy Collins
A special thank you to St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Cover Love.

Top 50 Books of 2016!

Susan Strecker returns following her dynamic debut, Night Blindness, with another family in crisis. NOWHERE GIRL, a riveting and distinctive mix of contemporary, young and new adult, wit, mystery, psychological, crime, sex, and domestic family suspense.

"Where nothing is ever as it seems."

Beyond the novel’s taut suspense and subtle characteriz
Lisa B.
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cady and Savannah are identical twins. Savannah dies when they are young teenagers. Everyone thinks she was murdered. Savannah’s murder was never solved. Fast forward several years, and Cady has become a writer of murder mysteries. When a local police office reopens the investigation on Savannah’s death, the end result is something no one ever expected. What really happened to Savannah?

I know I’m reading a good book when my nose is glued to the pages and I hang up my “do not disturb” sign. This
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
At sixteen Cady felt connected to her twin sister Savannah so when Savannah was late meeting up one afternoon Cady just knew something was wrong. She called the police but soon felt as if she couldn't breathe and by the time help arrived she knew she had been too late. Somehow through her link to her twin she was able to direct the officers to where they found Savannah's body, she had been strangled.

As an adult Cady and her family still have not learned to live with the pain of losing Savannah.
RoseMary Achey
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Reading this book felt like having a conversation with a highly distracted individual. The author seemed to jump around without fully developing any of the characters. We had the protagonist family, friends, husband, high school crush, high school crush's girlfriend and several other assorted characters. None of the potential scenarios rang true to me and the narrative included a couple pronounced eye rolling sentences!
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is not your typical murder mystery, but instead is a story of a twin, Cadence/Cady, whose other half was found dead under suspicious circumstances during their high school years. The case becomes cold, but Cady continues to hope for an answer to her twin's death, and ironically becomes a famous writer of murder mysteries, more specifically, of serial murder mysteries. There is quite a bit of character development, which I liked, and the story flowed well.
There were a couple hiccups, I fel
Jan 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF 31%

This book got so much love on Goodreads. I thought it was a shoe in. However, reading this book produced a lot of eye rolling for me. I just couldn’t get into Cady, I found her to be whiny and predictable. She’s a writer and/or a detective, but not smart. I didn’t like any of the supporting characters either. The “mystery” didn’t hook me at all.
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
The writing was ok but I knew who the 'killer' was as soon as he was introduced so there wasn't much reason to continue. I skim read a couple of chapters and the ending just to validate that I knew where it was heading but DNF nonetheless.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nowhere girl

This was an amazing book. I haven't read a book like this in a while but wow. It was up and down emotionally but every bit mystery and suspense.

Cadence is one of a pair of twins that lost her sister in her teens. Cady was the quiet nerdy one, where as her sister Savannah was the IT girl.

Cady was such an amazing character because through everything, you weren't sure if she was losing her marbles or everyone else was. She worked hard at having a life but couldn't move on without know
Mar 25, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish
I just can't finish this book. I hate the narrator so much and I'm pretty sure I'm not supposed to. I don't like the writing and actually don't care about anyone. Someone spoil it for me please, so I will never be tempted to try reading it again.
Colleen ~ The Clever Girl from Gallifrey
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

I was really excited to read this book, knowing what I did from the description. Cady had half of herself ripped away when she was a teenager, when her twin sister, Savannah, was murdered. With the killer never being caught, the only way Cady could cope with the loss was to write suspense novels about murders. However, she could not escape her sister coming to visit her in her dreams, leaving her
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Nowhere Girl by Susan Strecker is a riveting mystery about the unsolved murder of bestselling novelist Cady Bernard's twin sister, Savannah.

Sixteen years after Savannah's murder, Cady has been unable to move past her grief, pain or guilt. Having channeled some of her emotions into a successful career as a mystery writer, she is researching her fifth novel when a series of dreams leads her to the New Jersey Penitentiary where she hopes to find information for her book and hopefully, her
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this one. I thought there was the right amount of mystery and intrigue while giving you the clues to solve it that it kept me reading along. I like when mystery novels give you some clues as to who did the crime, but also when you reread and find more subtle hints to it. I had it semi-figured out around 40% of the novel but the actual outcome was something I don't think anyone could have guessed. I'
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book kept you interested from the first page. Twins, Cady and Savannah are twins and they share a special bond. Cady has been covering for Savannah so she can hang with her older friends and now she know Savannah is in trouble but it is to late to help her. Now years later after Cady is grown and married she is an author who has been using her writing to help her deal with her twins death. Savannah's death is something the whole family has never recovered from. As she goes to the prison to ...more
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This story is about a pair of twin sisters. One gets murdered, Savannah, when they are teenagers leaving the other, Cady, behind. They never found out who did it. This deeply affects Cady still years later. She became a successful bestselling author of suspense novels and uses that knowledge to try to solve the murder she never got over.

I really enjoyed Cady's voice. She felt very plausible in how she was feeling throughout the novel. In fact, all of the characters were rather enjoyable to read
Nino Fray
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted on my book blog:

eARC was provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book follows Cady, a bestselling author of suspense, who spend her time interviewing killers in order to understand what happened to her twin sister, Savannah. They were inseparable, and even after Savannah's death, they're still connected somehow. Savannah comes into her dreams to give her clues about her death. When Cady start
Paula Dennan
This review first appeared on Cornflakegirl's Musings

When Cady (Cadence) was in high school her identical twin Savannah was murdered. Now Cady is a bestselling crime novelist, who spends her time researching and interviewing killers. With each interview Cady hopes to better understand what happened to her sister and how the murderer has never been caught.

Despite Savannah’s death, the bond between the sisters has never fully been broken and Savannah still comes to Cady via dreams. Cady is sure th
Kylie Thompson
Oct 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers, readers of family drama
Nowhere Girl feels a lot like a crime novel. There are serial killers and prisons, and a near-obsessive search for the truth. But while it would be easy to mistake it as purely a crime novel, it’s actually more of a mystery, and a journey of discovery for grieving twin Cady. Strecker takes some of the more standard crime and mystery tropes and subverts them beautifully, which makes for an engaging if not occasionally frustrating read. She is masterful in her misdirection and red herrings, and th ...more
St. Martin's Press and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Nowhere Girl, in exchange for an honest review.

Cady's twin sister Savannah was late to meet her at school for the afternoon bus, having ditched out on a meeting on school grounds. Cady knew something was wrong and soon found out that her sister was killed. 16 years later, Cady has parlayed the tragic event of her life into a career as a successful suspense fiction novelist, hoping her connection with criminals might help her
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I looked. I knew 14% of the way through this book who "did it." I was right. And I was wrong. That is the best part of this story: the layers and levels of lies, secrets, and truths. Why didn't I give it 5 stars? Solely because of how the main character, Cady, continually degraded herself over her weight and her looks. Yes, I know, we were suppose to see it all as part of her survivor's guilt and her defense mechanism. However, it got to be too much for me. Flawed characters make a good story gr ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Cady's twin, Savannah, was murdered when they were 16 years old. Now, many years later, Cady is a successful writer but she hasn't managed to put her sister's death behind. Nor has her family...

Being a twin, she had a connection with her sister that few people have, and she feels Savannah is still trying to reach out to her in order to find her killer. So when the police reopen the case, she jumps at the opportunity and does some investigating of her own.

This book is part family drama and part m
Savanah Rae
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free from goodreads giveaways.

I love mystery murder books, so I was instantly hooked from the start. This book is about a set of twins named Cady and Savannah. Savannah was "murdered" and Cady makes it her mission to find out who murdered her twin sister. Cady meets an old crush named Brady who works at a prison. Cady thinks this is absolutely perfect because now she can interview murderers to get ideas for her book that she is writing. She writes murder mysteries as wel
Laverne M
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
The one thing that really took me out of the book was that her best friend worked at the library & would send selfies of having sex. That is such a public servant employee violation. She also wore wheelie skates in the library. I know she wanted to portray this edgy, motorcycle riding librarian, but that makes the rest of us unprofessional. Running a New Jersey library- this book is set in a fake town near Princeton- I just can't.

It was more of a family drama than suspenseful thriller. Her
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