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The Eighth Girl

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  688 ratings  ·  175 reviews
One woman, many personas. But which one is telling the truth?

Alexa Wú is 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 therapist Daniel; her stepmother Anna; and her enigmatic best friend Ella.

When Ella gets a job at a high-end gentlema
Paperback, 480 pages
Published March 4th 2021 by Pushkin Press (first published March 17th 2020)
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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 let’s 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 JamesMcAvoy’s “Sp
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 feeli
Jenny Jo Weir
Talk about messed up! This one is tough. You think you've got it down, and slightly figured out, only to be slapped in the face with a swing out of nowhere. The twist at the end took me so off guard, I literally gasped. That was one I certainly didn't see coming. Great suspense book. Loved it. ...more
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
(4.5) & I can certainly see why it has so many 5 star ratings! For me though, while i loved the parts involving Alexa's personalitys & her sessions with Daniel, I just wasn't as interested in the parts having to do with the club. I get that it was an integral part of the book, i just found myself looking forward to the next chapter. The characters Alexa & Daniel were exceptional though, & the end was great! I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers or anyone inte ...more
Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)

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 doesn’t like labels and wants to taper off her antipsychotic medications
Ludwig Reads
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 ev
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The author, Maxine Mei-Fung Chung, is a psychotherapist, so I was excited to see what she brought to the ‘multiple-personality psychological thriller’ sub-genre, but I was left mostly disappointed.

The language was overly descriptive and stiff, which I would guess comes from her highly academic background. The medical insight was interesting, but that didn’t make up for the way the characters spoke and acted. They were like if aliens tried to infiltrate Earth by binging thousands of hours of real
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 ga ...more
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 n
Wow wow wow wow WOW!! It is 4:18am and I have zero regrets about staying up to finish this book. Full review soon!


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 c
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,
The Eighth Girl by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung 4.5 stars if possible
What a mind blowing book! I won't tell you what it is about, you can read that in the blurb or other people's reviews, what I will tell you is that this is one of those books that reaches out slowly and then snatches you completely until it's finished. I found it to be highly interesting, a little mysterious, a little sad (more than a little) and more than enough to make me want to read more from this author! Thank you Netgalley and
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 London’s underworld with relentless tension until the shock of the final reveal. I loved this book and would recommend it highly.
Morgan Schulman
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced reader’s 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

“The girl would see, in the locking of her mind with Freud’s, 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.
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Alexa Wu has DID, otherwise known as dissociative identify disorder, which she got after a lifetime of trauma relating to her family. She joins forces with her best friend Ella and her psychiatrist to uncover the dangers behind a gentleman’s club. As Alexa’s personalities begin to fracture, the danger she faces threatens to overwhelm her. Will Alexa save herself or will she be lost forever? I absolutely loved reading this book. It was gripping, compelling and I felt like I was reading about a di ...more
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Did you ever read something that just made you feel so unsettled you thought about it for days afterwards?

The Eighth Girl did that to me. And I'm not mad about it. This book haunted me, and still does a bit. It's equal parts seductive, disturbing, fascinating and yes, unsettling.

It’s the epitome of psychological thriller. The narrative alternates between a young woman named Alexa, who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder stemmed from horrible childhood trauma, and her therapist.

But its it
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
Fiction Addition Angela
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.
Sam (she_who_reads_)
By no means an easy read, but it’s a stunningly good debut! Dark and disturbing, you’ll definitely need to research trigger warnings for this one!
But if you can handle the subject matter, then this is a fantastic read. I may have figured out the big *twist* very early on, but there was still enough going on to keep me hooked.
Can’t wait to see where this author goes next.
Tonya (Rustic Book Reviews)
Feb 12, 2020 marked it as tbr-mystery-thriller  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sarah Benamer
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Eighth Girl is original, heartbreaking, and compelling. I read it in one sitting, caught up in the momentum of the protagonists world. This is a poignant insight into the creative fractures that can allow us to make sense of the unbearable, and the motivations that propel the wounded healer. The narrative is both panoramic in themes and intimate in its characterisation Of Daniel and Alexa. The Essential membrane between ‘madness’ and survival is quietly dissected as the reader is invited int ...more
Jul 11, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
'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 ...more
Davyn Matte
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. That’s what The Eighth Girl did.

This book was like a knife to the heart. It’s tough, it’s going to piss you off, and it’s a must-read. @ expertly tackles the societal expectations of women, the exploitation of them, and what it looks like when race intersects it all. It’s a visceral read that is right on time for our
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
You can tell The Eighth Girl was written by an experienced psychotherapist. It would be easy for this book to be really confusing, bearing in mind that the main character, Alexa, has 8 different personalities. But it’s so cleverly done that I didn’t get lost at all.

It turned into a story I really wasn’t expecting & it got very dark, very fast, with an ending I genuinely didn’t see coming. It explores themes of mental illness and misogyny in a very different way. Though it may be a tough read fo
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 p ...more
Doris Wiggins
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 busines ...more
Maxine Chung
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
One woman, multiple personas.
But which one is telling the truth?
Resh (The Book Satchel)
The Eighth Girl follows Alexa Wu' and her multiple personalities, The Flock. There's the childlike Dolly, the sweary Runner among her personalities. Also the Fouls who hide her medication and do not want her to get well in general. She has been seeing Dr. Daniel, a psychtherapist, for her Dissociative personality problem. Her best friend Ella works at a club Electra and Alexa often frequents the place. They come across child trafficking and try to do the right thing.

What I liked?
- The multiple p
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 t ...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, sh

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