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The Girl in the Picture

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Nicole Morgan has been labeled many things — the geeky music girl, the shy sidekick to Miss Popularity, and the girl with the scar. Now only one name haunts her through the halls of Oyster Bay Prep.

The Girl in the Picture.

After high school heartthrob Chace Porter is found dead in the woods near the school, the police are in search of the girl whose picture with Chace is th
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by Delacorte Press/Random House
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My feelings regarding this novel are very mixed.

I just want to point out that this is my first Alexandra Monir book and that her writing style makes me want to pick up more of her works.

It’s an interesting story, especially in the beginning. We don’t know what’s happened – there was an accident, someone died, and what about the girl rivalry? I liked how there seemed to be a lot going on, since I eagerly waited for everything to be explained at a normal pace.

Plus I’m just a huge fan of boarding
Nicole Morgan loved-- no, loves-- Chase Porter, but as far as anyone knows, they hardly know each other. On the outside Chase is the fun loving and dutiful son from a prominent political family who is happily dating Lana, the daughter of a senator. They're just you're average rich, elite teenage power couple. And Nicole is the girl with the violin. Talented and hard working but plain looking and not part of the it crowd; you know the type. But Chase has secrets. One is that he loves Nicole and n ...more
Lala BooksandLala
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller-mystery
Ugh. Another poor, cliché YA mystery.

This advanced readers edition was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Full review to come.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
After really like the author's stand alone book Suspicion last year, it was about time I picked something else of her's up and when I saw that her latest was going to be a YA mystery with just a touch of paranormal mixed in, I knew it was going to be the next read for me.

This was an enjoyable read and the paranormal mixed in very nicely with the mystery aspect and truly created an imaginative story that was easily read in one sitting.

Told in alternating point of view of both Lana and Nicole an
Apr 25, 2016 marked it as to-read
This sounds great! I've been waiting to read something more from this author, I can't wait to get my hands on it!
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Sadly I didn't like this as much as I did her other books. It wasn't the worst thing that I've read. I just didn't care for any of the characters. I knew it was going downhill when I didn't even feel sorry for the guy that was killed. I still think she is a good writer and I will definitely read any other book she puts out.
Jen Ryland
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I went into this YA mystery with moderate expectations, but enjoyed it more than I thought. The story opens with the discovery of a murder victim, a high school boy, and then flashes back to show the circumstances leading up to his death. He's a congressman's son, a new student at an exclusive Long Island Prep School. He's immediately glommed onto by Lana, the daughter of a congresswoman. But he's also drawn to Nicole, who's social
Attack Salmon
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
A mystery well done!!

The Girl in the Picture is sort of cliche. Popular Boy Chace is murdered in the woods. Police found a picture of him and Nicole in his pocket. But he already have a Queen Bee girlfriend Lana. Lana and Nicole are roommates and best friends. So who killed Chace?

Despite being very cliche and the mystery wasn't all that mind blowing, I enjoyed it immensely. Alexandra Monir have a way of bring out the character's emotions. Lana may be a Queen Bitch but she still have the human si
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm not sure what gave me the impression this was going to be a book on supernatural events now I reread the summary. While I wasn't entirely wrong, this was the sort of book that had a little of each genre. Unfortunately, it didn't excel in any of them.

Chace is found dead and the story is confusing. Who'd want to kill him? Until the pictures of him and another girl leak, making The Girl in the Picture and his official girlfriend persons of interest.

The book is narrated by both girls, telling us
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A really quick-read mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. I love books like this where we get told the story from 2 characters viewpoints and that also flick between past and present until the full story is told.
I didn't see the killer reveal coming at all and considering I read a lot of these murder mysteries and usually suspect everybody that was a really pleasant surprise.
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
WHAT A RIDE! Oh my goodness, what a ride. The Girl in the Picture is unlike anything I've ever read. It is brilliant, poignant, thrilling, and heartbreaking all at the same time. This book takes off right from the first page, and it never lets you go. You get sucked into the grief, the suspicion, the confusion, and the fear. The Girl in the Picture is intoxicating and thought provoking - and I am so grateful I was able to review a copy.

The Girl in the Picture follows Nicole and Lana, two girls w
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, arc, in-english
“Whenever I’m alone with you,
You make me feel like I am home again.
Whenever I’m alone with you,
You make me feel like I am whole again.“

I didn’t read a lot of books in crime/mystery thriller genre but after The Girl in the Picture I probably will. At the beginning I struggled with main characters - Chase, Nicole and Lane, who I didn’t like much. But after a while I didn’t concentrate on them but on the story and that helped.


I am surprised how much I liked it actually. I had a few theories wh
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Sarah Joint
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really wanted an easy but engrossing, dramatic, and well written read and I found it. This story would probably be best for young adults or anyone looking for the same thing I was. It's really hard to put down and despite the multiple perspectives, it's not hard to follow like some books with different points of view are. The ups and downs of teenage love and friendship may seem overdramatic but let's face it... they are in real life too. I really didn't see the conclusion coming, well done!

Amy's Book Reviews
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.


Chace Porter, son of a powerful senator, is found stabbed on the grounds of his boarding school. The suspects: his girlfriend Lana, daughter of a congresswoman and the girl he loved, scholarship student Nicole. Nicole is THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE found of Chace's body.

Alexandra Monit's mystery had me hooked from page one and kept me guessing until the end. Chace, Lana and Nicole were
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Drinking Buddy: Did You Spit in My Drink?
Testosterone Estrogen Level: Creative Omission
Talky Talk: Mr. Green, in the Study, With the Wrench
Bonus Factor: Fancy Pants Private School
Bromance Status: Yearbook Memory

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Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: goodreads-2016
What can I say, but unfortunately this one I'm DNF , when I read the book symptoms I thought that I would enjoy it but unfortunately what I read I just wasn't in to it, for some reason it just didn't pull me in to the story, maybe at a later date ,but right now it's just not what I'm looking for, I don't know if it's the story its or if it how it's written.With that said I would like to say thinks to NetGalley for for giving me a chance at read The Girl in The Photo in change for my honest opini ...more
Sophie Marsden
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, i-own, kindle, 2016
This had a lot of promise but it ultimately flopped. RTC!
*arc provided by the publisher*
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow! Who killed the star soccer player? Keeps you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out who the murderer is.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book especially because I had to keep guessing what would happen. In the end, I obviously wasn't right and the no one probably could've told that it was going to be this person. I also liked how the author made the characters and how everything just came together. There are a few questions that I have like Why didn't Nicole just blame Lana for her scar when she got it (I know it doesn't make any sense) but overall, the book was pretty good.
Merril Anil
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
To be honest i have a hate and love feeling about this book. There is one section of the brain that is screaming “love” from the rooftop and other section is screaming “hate”. Problem is both the voices are equally loud that i am not able to come to a decision. Oh look that i am finally admitting that i hear voices in my head .. Isn’t that a joy

The book is narrated using two point of view. Two characters and it is through their version of events that the entire book starts shaping up. The whole
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Gripping but anti-climatic
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Alexandra's work and this was slightly different than her other books. It was good, but not as amazing as the other books.

This one was a bit slow for me, took a while to pick up. I wasn't too excited with the chapters being told from current day and other chapters being told about a past day. I liked getting to know how Nicole and Chace came to be, but once I got over how the chapters were set up, I started to fall into the story and wondered who could be framing Nicole.

Yup Nicole gets
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
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Cassie C
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
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This is a tough review to write because on one hand I really liked the story, but also it was a bit predictable and cliche which ended up taking away from the entire book. I loved the mystery part of the novel and I thought it was very well done. It kept me interested until the very end, and while the person behind the murder wasn't a big surprise to me (I did figure it out before the person was ultimately revealed), it still was a ja
Kathy Martin
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story is a mystery and a story of a secret love and a story of family secrets all taking place at an exclusive school.

The story begins with the discovery of soccer star and Congressman's son Chace Porter's body in the woods. In his pocket is a strip of photos taken at the fair. The problem is that the photos are of he and Nicole Morgan, not he and his girlfriend Lana Rivera, also the daughter of a Congresswoman.

The story jumps back and forth in time from when Chace first came to the school
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
A short, yet fast paced mystery that had vibes of The Lying Game (because of the ghost of the murder victim looking down on the action), The Duff (because of the romance), and With Malice (because of the amnesia).

It was very well done and I enjoyed it a lot. I had sympathy for both Lana and Nicole and I felt bad about what happened to Chace.

I had a hard time putting it down and had to keep reading so I would know what would happen next. The ending was a bit sudden, but I enjoyed this a lot ove
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I picked up The Girl in the Picture at the American Library Association Annual Conference as an ARC and read through it in a few hours.

This story is full of murder, intrigue, political wheeling, lies, and a helping of teenage angst.

Nicole and Lana are opposites who happened to be in love with the same boy. When the boy, Chace (son of a Congressman) is found murdered, everything at their private school changes. Even though Chace and Lana had been together for months, Nicole's picture is found i
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Nicole Morgan and Lana Rivera are polar opposites, but end up rooming with one another at their elite boarding school called Oyster Bay. Nicole is a very talented musician and is at Oyster Bay on scholarship. Lana, on the other hand, is just your average student with no special "talents" other than the fact that her mother is a Congresswoman. Enter Chase Porter a gorgeous soccer player that's new to Oyster Bay. Lana's mother has encouraged her daughter to get close to him as his father is in pol ...more
Jan 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: incomplete
This was good for a laugh, though I'm sure the author didn't intend for me to smile and chuckle every other page.

The Girl in the Picture is a book that wants to be a super serious thriller/mystery, but instead it came off as overly dramatic and silly.

Nicole was too OTT for me. I could certainly understand Nicole being wounded by Chace's death, but he was a guy she'd known for 11-12 months and she'd only dated him for maybe a few months of that in secret, yet she acted like their little romance
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“His eyes have a glint to them, like someone dreaming up a wild dare. There's nothing too safe about those eyes, nothing familiar.” 0 likes
“Chase breaks into another smile, bigger than the first, and it gives me a bubbling feeling in my stomach, a sensation I can't remember experiencing since I was a kid ready to rip open a present on Christmas morning.” 0 likes
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