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The Stone Girl

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  255 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Three women scarred by a chain of misogyny and death at the hands of a secret brotherhood seek a reckoning.

The Lost Boys, an exclusive group of wealthy and powerful men, have built an impregnable empire by preying on rich and troubled women. Within the stately confines of an Adirondack fortress they lay the plans that carry them around the globe, infiltrating lives and for
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published July 7th 2020 by W. W. Norton Company (first published June 16th 2020)
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Oct 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Stone Girl is a page-turning, if at times one-dimensional look at how the rich and powerful can get away anything – including rape and murder.

The premise: Evie is an adopted woman with a disfiguring facial birthmark. That, and her hippie adopted parents – leave her on the outskirts of society. A scary encounter with some of the town’s unsavory element brings her to the attention of Lulu – an emotionally damaged, addicted recently-engaged heiress – and the two form an unlikely bond.

When Lulu’s fi
May 31, 2021 rated it it was ok

This is an exhausting read, in the sense that it's all plot. There's really nothing else but plot, very little character development or physical description, and there's a plot twist about every 5 pages (in a 459 page book). The first 150 pages or so are wildly nonlinear and very confusing.

But you might enjoy this if you like plot twists and #MeToo revenge stories. A wealthy Wall Street bro drugs and rapes a teen girl at an upscale Adirondack camp, and then haunts her life for the next twenty ye
Lolly K Dandeneau
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
via my blog:
"Like most people, I thought that my mother had retreated into her studio and the world of broken things because of the birthmark she once had on her face- a port-wine stain that unfurled across the right side."

The Stone Girl captivated me from the start with Chloé’s voice pulling us straight into her mother Evie’s story. An American born woman who grew up poor in the Adirondack wilds, once pitied by people for the ‘disfigurement’ on her face as
Robert Intriago
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2020
My first book by this author. I liked the story which is basically a revenge plot. I thought it took a long time to develop. The author uses italics to tell the thoughts of a fourteen year old. I found this distracting and not very effective. The plot is ingenious and the characters of Evie and Lulu quite good but on the other hand that of Scout leaves a lot to desired. The setting is the Adirondack National Park and the descriptions of it are quite good.

switterbug (Betsey)
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Best Sorbet Book of the Year

THE STONE GIRL tells the story of three generations of women in a family (one being a teenager), living up in a remote area of the Adirondacks (at least part of their lives). I gave it five stars for being the best of its type. This isn’t literature, although there is surely literary pepperings, and there are oft-used tropes and a requirement to periodically suspend incredulity. The plot’s the thing, but the characterizations of these women are well wrought, which i
Laurie Allin
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: advance-copy, 2020, ebook
My biggest regret with this book is that it isn't going to be released until later this year and I can't talk about it with anyone yet! What a wild ride!

Evie Quimbly raised poor and marred by a large birthmark in backwoods of the Adirondacks knows who she is and how to handle herself. However, she may have met her match when she comes up against the members of the Mohawk exclusive men's hunting and fishing club near her family home. Evie and party girl heiress, Lulu, who arrives on the scene li
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
While I enjoyed this novel, I think I've just read too many books lately about powerful, wealthy men manipulating and abusing women. It was hard to get into the story but once I did, I appreciated the writing as Wittenborn is clearly a talented author. There are a lot of rave reviews so I believe it's a case of "it's not you, it's me." ...more
Marybeth Taranow
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I loved the female lead and her mother and her mother’s friend. They were all tough independent women who didn’t take any crap from a bunch of over entitled men.
Shelly Bross
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Men suck. "The Lost Boys", a group of young, beautiful, wealthy men marry rich woman and systematically use their money and in some instances, kill their wives. These men have all the power and love to make women suffer. They didn't count on some strong women taking them down. ...more
Colleen Lahey
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! This is a real page turner. Once you start reading, you will not want to stop. This book is like a speeding train. It does not stop.
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve never read anything by this author. The cover caught my eye, along with the title. I was wondering what I’m the world can this be about. It took me a little bit to get into it. Don’t let this discourage you as it needs this to build the world and story. There’s a lot to it. It’s a tell of how powerful people and rich ones can run everything around them. So true. A little taste of power can corrupt a person. They can get away with anything. The victims have no say or anyone to protect them. ...more
Samantha Warren
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. Tells the story of Evie and her upbringing by misfits in the woods. When she is drugged and raped, there is no one to believe her. Evie and Lulu decide to take justice in their own hands against men from generational wealth who use their power to cover up all types of dirty deeds. The friendship in this story was what kept me reading. Sisterhood at it's finest. Highly recommended. ...more
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Jenn Warner
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved the strong female characters. It was fast moving and kept my attention; though it's necessary to suspend belief, it's a well written story with lots of threads woven throughout ...more
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a five-star masterpiece.

On arrival, the book looked and felt so amazing and the pages have a really silky feel to them.

As for the book, my only negative is the blurb. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy and I had no idea what to expect as after reading the blurb I was still clueless.

The book is about Evie Quimby - we get to experience her from childhood through to adulthood and her current day. Her childhood is difficult as she has a birthmark that covers half her face which makes
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Slap at Men Abusing Women

The Stone Girl by Dirk Wittenborn accuses men of their attitudes towards women, from young boys calling them names, to young men taking advantage of them, to their husbands using them. Evie learns at 17 that the opposite sex in her small town is mean, stingy, thoughtless, and untrustworthy and it takes over her whole life. Except for her direct family, father and mother, she can rely on no one.
Katherine Younkin
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-thriller
Whether you enjoy this thriller depends on your expectations. It is set mainly in the Adirondacks and concerns a woman, Evie, getting revenge on a man who raped her when she was a teenager. The man is a wealthy billionaire, one of a group of men who prey upon women sexually and financially. The group maintains a members-only hunting resort near the small town where Evie grows up.

Evie has been a victim of bullies all her life. She was subjected to their torments as a girl by male classmates who r
Mary Lins
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: complete
Don’t be daunted by the 400+ pages of “The Stone Girl”, by Dirk Wittenborn, because it grabs the reader immediately and the pages fly quickly thereafter. Wittenborn has produced for HBO and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if this #MeToo inspired thriller ends up there. If it does, and it turns into yet another lurid and voyeuristic “Violence Against Women’s Bodies as Entertainment” show, it will have missed it’s mark entirely. But here’s hoping it won’t be!
The story begins with three woman, Evie,
Jul 16, 2020 marked it as gave-up
After locales including the Adirondack Mountains of upstate NY, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Paris and NYC from the viewpoints of at least three people and settings ranging back and forth from 2018 to 1982 and points in-between, I was only 50 pages into the book. I didn't know where it was going and didn't care; I quit- my TBR pile is too large.

Deep in the Adirondack Mountains lies a speck of a town called Rangeley. There isn’t much to this tiny town, but it is at the crossroads of serene fishing
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
A fast, exciting read. More than a little far fetched; while I can certainly believe Win and his ilk would be of the opinion that women are for them to enjoy and use, if Win had already had a similar incident in his past come close to ruining his chances of gaining an internship (and eventually a position) at a top notch financial firm, why would he do something very similar to Evie AND FILM IT?

I also wonder about the chances of a 13-year-old girl kicking a classmate in the groin with such force
Little Bad Books
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this as an ARC from the publisher and Netgalley and want to express my deepest gratitude. The opinions expressed below are purely my own.


I embarked on a quest to try a new genre and came out a fan. This book was so cleverly written, with so many unexpected plot twists that I had a mega hard time putting it down. Yes, at times it did feel like it was a little long and I DID skip over some descriptive parts, but overall, it kept me engaged
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways, thriller
Thank you to Goodreads Giveaways & W. W. Norton Company for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on July 7, 2020. Also please note a Trigger Warning that there are scenes and themes of sexual violence in this book.

This book had a lot going on - mostly in a good way. It's a story of revenge intertwined with drama, suspense, dark comedy, and in the end, what it means to get justice. With dark history behind these characters, you closel
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbc-arc
What a fabulous story. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading this.

The story centres around the Quimby family, and in particular Evie. Adopted as a child she has been raised in the Adirondack Mountains in a small town called Rangeley. The family are poor and live through trapping wild animals.

As a teenager Evie becomes friendly with the wild, and very wealthy, Lulu, a friendship that will stand the test of time. However, she also becomes a victim of one of the Lost Boys. A group of powe
Ed Bernard
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
More like 3.5 stars.
I’m not quite sure of how this book made it onto my radar, but even after I got it out of the library, the synopsis on the jacket made me leery — bleak upstate NY setting, evil cabal of wrongdoers, just not really my thing. But once I got started, I found it to be a real page-turner, and maybe with a little more depth than the average thriller. Women take center stage in the novel, as the main protagonist is semi-rescued by a mysterious man who sets her on a path as an art re
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I found this novel stunningly good. It's not a quick read but it's a thriller and the story is gripping from the first page to the last. It has the scope and emotion of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch but is, in my opinion, more disciplined and never loses its way.

The mother and daughter relationships are beautifully shown and each is unique. There are also deep loyalties and friendships which are key to the story. A main theme is men's violence toward women and another is the difficulty of getting
Kara Klos
Jan 11, 2021 rated it liked it
The Stone Girl is an engaging mystery about a young woman named Evie who is introduced to the world of the wealthy through her friendship with Lulu, the neighborhood heiress. Teenager Evie ends up learning that she was drugged and raped by one of the men in the wealthy circle. Years later, the man re-enters her life for no apparent reason and they end up playing a game of cat and mouse.

The story exposes the crimes wealthy men can get away with and the little power women have under their thumb.

Kim McGee
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Way up in the Adirondack forest there is an exclusive hunting lodge where very wealthy men fish, hunt and get into mischief. There is also Valhalla, Lulu's mansion and it is here that a local girl finds her life's passion for restoring statues. Both Evie and Lulu have run ins with the powerful men who call themselves "The Lost Boys" and just like the women before them can't do anything to get back at them - until now. Violence, control, lies and fear all lead to a powerful conclusion and a day o ...more
Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it
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Richard Becker
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great psychological thriller. 3 women who are preyed upon by a group of men in one way or another fight back in order to take back their lives and dignity. One, Evie, is savagely attacked when young while unconscious and takes revenge shortly thereafter. She knows that she is still not safe and flees to Paris with the help of another, wealthy woman named Lulu. Evie becomes an art restorer specializing in stone after saving the stone girl statue from the title. Evie's sick daughter, Chl ...more
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DIRK WITTENBORN is a novelist (Fierce People, Pharmakon), screenwriter and the Emmy-nominated producer of the HBO documentary, Born Rich. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter and summers on the wrong side of the tracks in East Hampton, NY.

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