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One woman, multiple personas.

But which one is telling the truth?


Beautiful. Damaged. Destructive. Meet Alexa Wú, a brilliant yet darkly self-aware young woman whose chaotic life is manipulated and controlled by a series of alternate personalities. Only three people know about their existence: her shrink Daniel; her stepmother Anna; and her enigmatic best friend Ella.
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Hardcover, 480 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by William Morrow
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Nilufer Ozmekik
This is not what I expected! I was so intrigued to read something original, mind bending, thrilling but I got something meh, hmmm okay not bad but not so good either, in Italian lets say quasi quasi kind of psychological fiction not a thriller because there is nothing surprising makes you sit at the edge of your seat and bite your fresh manicured nails, gives you heavy breathing!

I loved everything written or adapted into movie about Multiple personality disorder. I watched JamesMcAvoys Split 100
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Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Nobody is as surprised as I was that this wasn't a hands down 5 star over the top read for me. I wanted to read it the second I saw this book. It just wasn't what I had anticipated. I was expecting a really dark, twisted thriller type read. With that being said, this book has gotten rave reviews, so I am sure my opinion is in the minority here.

The Eighth Girl centers around Alexa Wu' and her "flock" of personalities. She has been diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, which has her
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Chelsey
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways-arcs
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Alexa suffers from DID (multiple personalities) after years of sexual abuse from her father at a young age. She refers to her others as the Flock, and relies on them in times of stress, denial, or exhaustion. Oneiroi, Runner, Dolly, and the Fouls are her primary others and each exude different traits that help Alexa cope.

Daniel is a psychotherapist working in a mental hospital. When Alexa presents telling him she doesnt like labels and wants to taper off her antipsychotic medications, its
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Ludwig
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now that's a compelling read. The Eighth Girl is an incomparable work of genius, and it's proof that the best thrillers that explore mental health are the ones written by real-life psychotherapists. Dissociative Identity Disorder is the heart of this book and interestingly enough, we get to see it through the eyes of a psychotherapist and his patient.

As we follow our heroine Alexa Wù's journey, we begin to understand that diving into the mind of a person with DID is the most terrifying thing
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Kai
Mar 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really not my cup of tea. I'm aware I don't often give one star ratings but this one did not work for me at all. The plot was all over the place, some subplots were irrelevant to the overall story, and while the first few chapters had me utterly hooked, it went in a completely different direction than it promised. And I think I could have put the book aside and never thought about it again if it hadn't been for the rather unreflected handling of the child trafficking/porn subplot. Rather than ...more
Elaine
Thank you to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of The Eighth Girl.

One of my favorite books in high school was Sybil.

That's why I was so excited when my request was approved for The Eighth Girl.

Sadly, The Eighth Girl did not meet my expectations for a number of reasons.

First, the tone of the writing was immature, though that may be due to the fact that Alexa is a young woman and her numerous personalities are various ages. Still, the tone felt off.

Second, the inclusion of the psychiatrist,
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Kelsea
Wow wow wow wow WOW!! It is 4:18am and I have zero regrets about staying up to finish this book. Full review soon!

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UPDATE: I've woken up again and now I'm ready to write an actual review! This book was everything I never knew I needed. I've been fascinated by Dissociative Identity Disorder ever since reading Nobody Nowhere: The Extraordinary Autobiography of an Autistic Girl as a child (side note: as you can see in the memoir title, Donna is autistic, and autism + DID aren't necessarily
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Kristi
Epigraph:

The girl would see, in the locking of her mind with Freuds, how cruelly her own understanding had deceived her.
-Philip Rieff, Introduction to Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria, by Sigmund Freud


The Eighth Girl by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung takes a perceptive look into the heart of mental illness and even more so into Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). While I was expecting more of an in-your-face psychological thriller, I was captivated with the way the story progressed.
The Eighth
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Wendy Walker
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow - this is one where you have read every word and stay on your toes - in the very best way! It is expertly written and complex, which I absolutely love in a book, movie, TV show, etc. Chung's depth of knowledge in psychology enables her to surpass what we see in most psychological thrillers. Here is what I wrote when I first read The Eighth Girl:

"The Eighth Girl is an exquisite exploration of childhood trauma and its impact on the psyche. Part thriller, part character study, I devoured this
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Morgan Schulman
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review

I loved this one. Very fast paced, had me turning pages as I tore through it I had to see how it would end. The characters were well rounded and the narrative felt believable. Gave me chills. Solid five
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Harriet Tyce
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intricately plotted and sensitively written, The Eighth Girl draws the reader into the dark heart of Londons underworld with relentless tension until the shock of the final reveal. I loved this book and would recommend it highly. ...more
Acacia Ives
I really wanted to take my time with this book. As it is about DID and I know the disorder so well I wanted to make sure it was accurate. So here's where I'm at. Yes, some of it is slightly predictable. Did not stop my enjoyment. Yes there is a sexualized part within the book witch not all systems have but most times in media they do. This had an accurate depiction of how a trauma survivor would respond to some scenarios. Abandonment is a very real fear and well thought out subject in this book. ...more
Sana
Jul 11, 2019 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts
'The Eighth Girl is an omnivorous examination of life with mental illness and the coruscating trauma of life in a misogynist world' AKA I WANT IT. ALSO BECAUSE MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES/UNRELIABLE NARRATOR
Angela Groom
The main reason I was drawn to this book initially was the main character has multiple personalities. I was intrigued by the description of the book although this turned into a different read for me.
I was so surprised as my initial thoughts of the novel led me to believe I would be giving this five stars.
Beautiful damaged Alexa Wu her life is controlled by a host of different personalities. Only three people know about her personalities Daniel, her stepmother Anna, and her best friend Ella.
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Tonya (Rustic Book Reviews)
Feb 12, 2020 marked it as tbr-mystery-thriller
I am so excited to have been approved for this via Netgalley. A huge thank you to them and to the publisher.

I have been intrigued with this book since I first seen it was coming out!!! I cant wait to read this one.
Davyn Matte
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love it when the synopsis of a book has enough detail to grab your attention but is vague enough at the same time, allowing you to welcome all possible paths the story can take. Thats what The Eighth Girl did.



This book was like a knife to the heart. Its tough, its going to piss you off, and its a must-read. @ expertly tackles the societal expectations of women, the exploitation of them, and what it looks like when race intersects it all. Its a visceral read that is right on time for our
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Jennie
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three stars for me. As the description indicates the primary aspect of the book is that the main character has multiple personalities. We are able to get to know each personality and that personalities specific wants, needs, and desires. Admittedly, this is not a typical read for me, but I was intrigued after reading the description of this book. Overall this book moved at a decent pace and is told between the main character is perspective as well as her therapist. The ending was somewhat ...more
KROW
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to receive a galley copy of The Eighth Girl. This is a powerful novel which deals with many of the important and current issues surrounding identity, loyalty, trafficking, and mental illness. From the start, you're drawn in to a world of multiplicity - from the characters to the location (London), layers are peeled away and nothing is what you expect it to be. This is a precisely-crafted thriller; the pace is dynamic but allows you poignant moments to ponder and predict; the ...more
Doris Vandruff
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alexa Wu is having another headache. This happens when the others are trying to leave the nest. Right now she is concerned about her best friend Ella. Ella is wanting to join the workforce at the Electra Club. The club may appear as just a club. Ella has shared with Alexa that Electra masquerades as a human trafficking ring. A place where young girls, children are kidnapped or bought from family. Some of the girls are as young as eleven. They are being groomed to enter into the sex trade ...more
Maxine Chung
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
One woman, multiple personas.
But which one is telling the truth?
Kathleen Gray
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a lot going on in this novel of a young woman dealing with dissociative identity disorder. Alexa suffers from the problem as a result, perhaps, of childhood abuse and regularly sees Daniel, her therapist, who has issues in his personal life. She's tapering off her meds (not a good ides imho) and thus her "flock" of people are appearing more often in her life. Her bff Ella has discovered a sex trafficking ring at the club where she works- and Ella and Alexa (along with the flock) decide ...more
Amber
Honestly, the only thing I found interesting about this one was that the main character has DID. It is clear that the author is familiar with this topic, or did a lot of research. The story itself, however, is pretty predictable which would not have been such an issue if it was not so long.

I received an ecopy of this through netgalley; however, all opinions are my own
Candace
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! A book that was equal parts fascinating and horrifying. The story of a very young girl who suffered abuse at the hands of her father. The abuse triggered the creation of multiple personalities as a coping mechanism. As Alexa grew older, the personalities warred with each other and created multiple lives, endangering the one body that held them all. A real eye opener for me, a glimpse into the complexity of DID - dissociative identity disorder - AKA multiple personality disorder.
Not light
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Jennie
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Three stars for me. As the description indicates the primary aspect of the book is that the main character has multiple personalities. We are able to get to know each personality and that personalities specific wants, needs, and desires. Admittedly, this is not a typical read for me, but I was intrigued after reading the description of this book. Overall this book moved at a decent pace and is told between the main character is perspective as well as her therapist. The ending was somewhat ...more
Alyx
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a multi layered piece of writing that takes its reader to places not yet written about.

In our lead we have a character with Dissociative Identities (DID) who is not the serial killer or lunatic trope seen elsewhere. Thank goodness for the compassionate author who avoids this stereotyping. For those unfamiliar with DID this will show you a brave, human being who survived & fights to be. It will explain clinically what DID is, so educate you. It takes you to places of trauma, it is
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Denice Langley
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A young woman must use all of her resources to save her friend from an unscrupulous man. This young woman is also suffering from multiple personalities. The unusual premise of this book makes this young woman the hero instead of the victim although her journey to this point has been anything but smooth. Maxine Mei-Fung Chung has given our hero many handicaps that she must turn around in order to save her only friend and learn how to put her shattered selves back together. It is hard to write how ...more
Ivie
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Caz R
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Compelling, clever, original....gripping until the end. An impressive debut from an exciting new author
Alexandra Ferguson
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
Fantastic! The twists were so unexpected! I was hooked! The writing was wonderful. I really got a sense of the main character and her experience with DID. Would recommend to anyone!
Reading Mama
Okay, so there were things about this book that I really enjoyed and there were things about this book that I didn't. For starters, I really enjoyed the concept of this story. Alexa, our main characters, has Disassociative Identity Disorder (DID), or multiple personalities. Some of the chapters are from the perspective of Daniel Rosenstein, her psychotherapist. These were the chapters that I really enjoyed reading. I felt like the author painted a realistic depiction of the emotional and ...more
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Maxine Mei-Fung Chung is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and training psychotherapist.

She lectures on trauma, gender and sexuality, clinical dissociation, and attachment theory at the Bowlby Centre and was awarded the Jafar Kareem Bursary for her work supporting people from ethnic minorities experiencing isolation and mental health problems.

Originally trained in the arts,
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