A tantalizingly twisty read that will shock until the very last line!
My Sweet Girl by Amanda Jayatissa
Ever since she was adopted from an orphanage in Sri Lanka, Paloma has led a privileged Californian life: the best schools, a generous allowance and parents so perfect that Paloma fears she’ll never live up to them.
Now at thirty, Paloma has managed to disappoint her parents so thoroughly that their relationship will never recover. Unemployed and friendless, the only person still talking to her is Arun – the Indian man subletting her spare room. That is until Arun discovers Paloma’s darkest secret, one that could jeopardize her fragile place in this country, and the next day is found face down in a pool of blood.
On finding Arun’s body Paloma flees her apartment. But by the time the police arrive, there’s no body to be found or signs of struggle – and no evidence that Arun ever even existed in the first place.
This is definitely one of those books where the less you know the better it is – so I won’t be going into too much detail regarding the plot!
The book follows Paloma who lets just say isn’t the most reliable of narrators as she drinks a lot and is on medication. She’s definitely a bit of a marmite character, you’ll either love her or hate her but I’m firmly in the ‘love’ category. She doesn’t hold back with her swearing and you’ll be treated to the ‘F’ word multiple times, but her one liners about various people and situations were brilliant and made me laugh.
Chapters alternate between the present Paloma at aged thirty and the past Paloma when she was a child living in a Sri Lankan orphanage. Every inch of this book is shrouded in mystery with each chapter teasing you with just a little hint as to what may be going on.
Speaking of what may be going on, I think this book has got to be one of the most twist filled I’ve ever read. I had a small idea which I was right about but it didn’t matter as this book is out to shock you until the very last line.
Overall this was a solid thriller which at times felt quite horror like with the ‘ghost’ stories at the orphanage. If you’re looking to be shocked and love a good twist then I highly recommend giving this a read!