Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Girl in the Wall: Review

Title: The Girl in the Wall
Author: Daphne Benedis-Grab
ISBN: 1440552703
Publisher: Merit Press
Book Source: NetGalley

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Ariel's birthday weekend looks to be the event of the season, with a private concert by rock star Hudson Winters on the grounds of her family's east coast estate, and all of Ariel's elite prep school friends in attendance. The only person who's dreading the party is Sera, Ariel's former best friend, whose father is forcing her to go. Sera has been the school pariah since she betrayed Ariel, and she now avoids Ariel and their former friends. Thrown together, Ariel and Sera can agree on one thing: this could be one very long night.

They have no idea just how right they are.

Only moments after the concert begins and the lights go down, thugs open fire on parents and schoolmates alike, in a plot against Ariel's father that quickly spins out of control. As the entire party is taken hostage, the girls are forced apart. Ariel escapes into the hidden tunnels in the family mansion, where she and Sera played as children. Only Sera, who forges an unlikely alliance with Hudson Winters, knows where her friend could be. As the industrial terrorist plot unravels and the death toll climbs, Ariel and Sera must recall the sisterhood that once sustained them as they try to save themselves and each other on the longest night of their lives.


I loved the idea of this book, which was the main reason I had requested it. That and, a lot of curiosity.

Ariel and Sera had a fall out nine months ago, and Sera got the burnt of it as Ariel told everyone she was a backstabber. Now Sera's forced to attend Ariel's birthday party even though the whole school hates her and are bound to cause her a lot of trouble for attending. Little did they know that this petty argument between them  would be the least of their problems. With a hostage situation gone bad and problems with who to trust and who's actually leading this hostage situation, the girls learn to let the past behind them and look for a way out.

What I loved about this book was the mystery, trying to figure out who was actually behind the attacks, though I did suspect it from the start but things kept changing and left me on edge. In all fairness the premise of the book was very interesting, which was the main reason why I continued reading it till the end, however, it's not one of my favourites.

This book had so much potential, sadly it didn't completely live up to it. The first thing that annoyed me was, there was a lot of unnecessary deaths, it was like there were no accidents whatsoever, every shot killed. What the heck? With all the chaos going on and the people they recruited you want to convince me each and every one of them would have a perfect shot? The second thing that annoyed me was, you're hostages and your host and a friend just got killed in front of you, and yet, no one is actually terrified. Like seriously, none of them acted it at least, how on Earth could they not be terrified? They were still being snotty with one another, they were laughing, joking, eating, and playing normally, what was that about? I thought the whole idea of the secret walls gave a big advantage to both Ariel and Sera you know? But for some reason it was never used wisely or well enough to give them much of an advantage. It just ended up annoying me to no means.

The writing was quite good, the switching between characters was insightful, especially with how different the two girls were, but the idea wasn't so well executed sadly.

Rating: 2.5/5


  1. Well, this is a disappointment
    I thought this book would be so good
    GREAT review, though
    Your reader,

    1. Thanks!
      I know, I was disappointed too, since it had sounded like such an amazing read!

  2. this book disappointed me as well, there was just way too much death and it was almost kinda weird and awkward. The fact that I read this book after a school shooting happened, did not help it's case. But really, too much death.