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The Girl Who Lived: A Thrilling Suspense Novel

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  13,077 ratings  ·  993 reviews
Ten years ago, four people were brutally murdered. One girl lived.

No one believes her story.
The police think she’s crazy.
Her therapist thinks she’s suicidal.
Everyone else thinks she’s a dangerous drunk.
They’re all right—but did she see the killer?

As the anniversary of the murders approaches, Faith Winters is released from the psychiatric hospital and yanked back to
Hardcover, 298 pages
Published September 10th 2018 by Greyson Media Associates (first published November 2nd 2017)
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Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I think I need my “inner-rater” recalibrated. Many of the works I’m reading seem so majorly flawed, and yet the majority of readers appear to find them enjoyable and perfectly worthy of all the stars. The Girl Who Lived follows in that vein—an average mystery with a ridiculous ending and four and five star ratings that have left me shaking my head.

The plot is unique—to that I will concede. Faith is a twenty-two year old woman who has spent the past ten years in and out of mental hospitals after
She was just a child, but the nightmare she witnessed and survived was the end of the innocence of Faith Winters and only the beginning of ten years of living hell. Dark, mysterious and edgy, THE GIRL WHO LIVED by Christopher Greyson is a tale of guilt, deceit and borderline insanity for Faith, because as if surviving the deaths of her father, sister, best friend and best friend’s mother wasn’t horrific enough for a young teen, having her own mother profit at her expense and new found infamy ...more
[Shai] Bibliophage
Reading The Girl Who Lived is like watching a great psychological thriller movie because of how brilliantly Greyson's storytelling is. This is one of those books that readers will try to finish reading in one sitting because that is how interesting and exciting the story is. I wonder now on when will come the time for movie or tv producers to make this a movie or TV series of this excellent novel.
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first encounter with this author came via Jack of Hearts, a recent entry in his series featuring detective Jack Stratton. That one made a favorable impression - I look forward to the next one, hint, hint - and when I ran across this new standalone, I considered giving it a try. When I read the description, I was convinced that reading it would be a good idea - so even though it was just days before the release date, I requested, and was approved for, an advance copy (thank you).

In fact, it
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, books-i-own
Tis the season to be merry and bright and I just gulped a page turning stunner that you best be putting under your tree. Holy Smokes! An unreliable narrator, a cast of compelling characters that make for interesting suspects and I couldn't have predicted the ending even if I had been privy to the first drafts. I have so many questions and I wish I had the author's coordinates because I would probably need to call him, but that would probably just end up with me breathing heavily because my heart ...more
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The Girl Who Lived is my first read by author, Christopher Greyson. I was hooked at chapter one. The author was able to grab my attention from the beginning and keep it until the end. I could not put this book down and finished it in one day which is super-fast for me. The cover art for this book was amazing!

I totally loved the main character, Faith Winters. She is a young girl who comes with many flaws but because of that

Salvatore Matera
Jan 19, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

An illogical twisted plot with an unlikable heroine, and one dimensional characters. There wasn’t a single character to empathize with and when the “truth” was revealed, I didn’t care or believe it.
Faith Winters and her sister, Kim, were going to their parents’ cabin to celebrate Faith’s 13th birthday. It was going to be a very special day and Faith was excited. But when they arrived at the cabin, something didn’t seem right. As they approached, the door opened and someone grabbed Kim. Kim screamed for Faith to run……..

Ten years had gone by and Faith had never fully recovered from the horror she experienced that day. Faith’s sister, father, best friend and her best friend’s mother were all
Sarah Joint
This is remarkably fast-paced and a really easy read. The case is undoubtedly intriguing, but for me the book suffered from some hard to believe situations and some really stilted dialogue. I'm certainly an outlier in those opinions, as it's gotten very high reviews on Good Reads. Three stars from me still means I enjoyed it, but not quite enough to give it a four. It does keep you guessing!

Ten years ago, Faith Winters ran and hid from an attacker. That's the only thing that saved her from
Lucy Banks
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

A real page-turner, good fun to read.

Generally speaking, I'm not a mad fan of the suspense / crime genre, but I'm always happy to give any book a try, especially if it's got some good reviews.

I commenced reading The Girl Who Lived with the expectation that it would comply with the standard genre formula, but offer a gripping, fast-paced read. It didn't disappoint. Yes, it was marginally formulaic, but I had a lot of
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This was an addictive read that I finished in one sitting! I was on the edge of my seat with this story and the plot was gripping! I love cold cases and this was a fantastic crime thriller.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. To find this review and others please visit
Mary Ann Olsztyn
Jun 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Another book about a self absorbed drunk. Lots of paranoia. Sooo many characters who could have been suspects to the point of ridiculousness. It got to the point where it was just absurd. Huge EYE ROLL. Don’t waste your time. This book is like a circus with tooooo many clowns.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Greyson is a master of weaving suspense and keeping the reader guessing as to who is to blame. Faith Winters is an addict, a survivor, and a women who wonders why she lives. Having spent years in a psychiatric hospital she finally gets to step into freedom. Question is can she revisit Marshfield the place of murder and the killer that was never caught! Danger is chasing Faith and she cannot decide who is friend and who is the monster. Can six shots of whisky decide her fate? "A copy of this book ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really great book and I enjoyed reading it quite a lot. It was hard to put down! My only critique is that there were way too many plot twists and the author really overdid it. If you read it you’ll know what I mean. Other than that I enjoyed the book.
Mandy White
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
Wow... just when you think you have it all worked out... plot twist! This book sucked me in.. so much happening. Faith is a survivor.. and she wasn't coping well with it. Drinking too much, medication and bad decisions. Thanks to Netgalley and Greyson Media Associates for a copy of this book to read and review
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I must say that this book started out slow for me and it took me time to warm up to the main character. This book is about Faith, the lone survivor of a brutal murdering spree and her quest for justice. It depicts her battles with depression and mental illness as well. I found it hard to relate to her at first and also hard to like her, but she grew on me as the story went on and I became more engaged with her and the story. In ...more
Leslie Kay
Feb 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why I even bother to finish books that are so unbelievable that I find myself rolling my eyes. NO WAY! I did not like this book. I do seem to be the only one though, so, if you read it and enjoy it, never mind me.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle

So I had a lot of issues with this story--well, let me rephrase. There were a lot of things about this story that I didn't like.

Let's start with the main character. Personally...and I guess I should stress the personally part of this because this is completely, 100% my opinion and I'm sure there are people out there who would disagree, but...Faith's character just never did much for me. She was too disoriented? I guess would be the best word? She never really seemed capable of stopping to
Peggy Jaeger
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We all deal with grief in different ways. Some of us survive a tragedy and move on with our lives. Some of us do not.

Ten years ago, when she was 13, Faith Winters watched the brutal killing of 4 people she knew and loved. And for 10 years she’s been in and out of trouble with the law and committed to psychiatric institutions because of it. As the 10th anniversary of the murders approaches, she is released from her most recent psychiatric incarceration and sent back to a world where no one
Sep 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book. Was so. Terrible. So boring, this could have been a 50 page short story. How this got over 4 stars I’ll never know.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I received an advanced copy of The Girl Who Lived.

I am a huge fan of the Jack Stratton Series, by Christopher Greyson, so I was excited to receive The Girl Who Lived. I like mystery, suspense, thrillers, and psychological thrillers in general. This book definitely fits into those categories.

Although the writing style is Christopher Greyson it is a departure from the Jack Stratton Series. The Girl Who Lived is a bit darker, it deals with survivors guilt and addictions that manifest themselves
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She saw Rat Face man on Death Day and now she cannot get his face off her mind. Faith has spent almost ten years in mental institutes and today her mother is signing her out, she will finally be free, or will she? Faith is having a hard time with the rules of her probation, she needs the alcohol for the rough days and the gun for security and protection. She’d love to join the others but the need for vengeance is stronger. They saw each other by accident, Rat Face and Faith and what happens next ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic roller coaster ride!

I was caught off guard, I laughed, and I cried. I wanna blame PMS, but you guys... this ending is powerful.

I wanna be just like Faith, minus the tragedy she endures. This girl is the strongest woman I've ever encountered. When faced with a situation where you can literally trust no one, what would you do? Faith? Well she fought and fought hard. I want to hug her, and tell her I'm proud of her and I admire her.

I don't even think I can put into words how much I
Nov 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
the ending made me regret bothering to read it
RTC... gonna have to read this again.
"Coulda, woulda, shoulda. Didn't."

What a great twisty suspense thriller by an author who's new to me. This is the second book I've read by Christopher Greyson and I want more!

Faith is 22 when she is finally released from the psychiatric center. She's been in and out over the years because of her inability to deal with her horrible past. She was the lone survivor -- 'The Girl Who Lived' -- when her father, older sister and friends were murdered in a cabin at the lake on the eve of her 13th
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this book early this morning and was unable to put it down, until I finished, just now! It was divinely dark and angsty. The character of Faith was so complex and deeply-developed, that you are easily pulled into her story and her emotions. Her survivor's guilt weighs heavy on her, sending her spiraling out of control and straight into the pit of addiction. As she tries to reconcile her past, she find herself teetering on the edge of sanity, while also being hunted by a crazed killer.

Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Can we say amazing? It was a thrill, page turning ride from beginning to end. At many points, I found myself actually giggling over the author’s sheer wittiness. I know, right? Giggling in a thriller - unheard of! But yes, it delivers in all realms - it tickles many fancies at least for this bibliophile! 5 stars for The Girl Who Lived
E. H. Nathasia
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The protagonist is pathetically annoying and I frowned through the read. But the twist is worth it. One of a few thrillers that managed to surprised the hell out of me! Unexpected!
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ehbooklover
4.5 STARS - This was my first book by Christopher Greyson. I’m always on the lookout for new suspense authors that can keep me on my toes. I now consider Mr. Greyson one of those authors.

The story starts off strong and is filled with lots of wonderful misdirection and several plausible culprits. This gaggle of possible baddies caused me to repeatedly change my mind about the identity of the murderer who continues to harass Faith.

This is a dark mystery that also brings readers into the life of a
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Christopher Greyson is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author of mystery, action, and thriller novels. His acclaimed Detective Jack Stratton Series has been read by over a million readers and counting. This action-packed series has a broad appeal, finding favor with mystery, thriller, and romance readers alike. The series includes And Then She Was Gone, Girl Jacked, Jack Knifed, Jacks Are Wild, ...more
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“One more question.” Henry waited until Faith put her finger down before continuing. “Do you ever remember your father wearing a baseball hat?” Like a kid flipping through the pages of a scrapbook, she ran through images of her father in her mind. No baseball cap. But it didn’t matter. Faith just wanted to stop seeing the man the world believed killed her sister. Yet the tighter she closed her eyes, the faster the images came. Her father at her horse show, sitting in the stands at Kim’s soccer game, his smiling face as he pushed her on the swing . . . Faith pressed her palms against the sides of her head and started screaming. The office door flew open. Dr. Rodgers, Titus, and two men in navy-blue suits rushed into the room. Like a boxer against the ropes, the images rained down on Faith like blows, but she was helpless to stop them. Each one sent her head reeling until she felt like she was falling—tumbling into oblivion, welcoming the darkness and an end to the pain. She felt Titus’s strong arms around her, carrying her back to her room.” 1 likes
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