‘SHE LOST EVERYTHING SHE CALLED HER OWN…BUT IT WASN’T HERS TO LOSE’
My Girl is the soon to be released novel by new, young writer Jack Jordan. I received my copy from NetGalley and Jack Jordan in return for an honest review.
Paige Dawson: the mother of a murdered child and wife to a dead man.
She has nothing left to live for… until she finds her husband’s handgun hidden in their house.
Why did Ryan need a gun? What did he know about their daughter’s death?
Desperate for the truth, Paige begins to unearth her husband’s secrets.
But she has no idea who she is up against, or that her life isn’t hers to gamble – she belongs to me.
From the bestselling author of Anything for Her, Jack Jordan’s My Girl is the new chilling thriller that you won’t want to miss.
My Girl is a fast read, broken up into three parts.
In the beginning of the book, we are introduced to Paige Dawson. Her daughter, Chloe, was murdered 10 years ago in an unsolved case. Her husband, Ryan, no longer able to cope, has taken his own life two months previously. Paige is a broken woman. She is at the lowest point in her life, now dependent on both alcohol and prescription drugs. Paige is prepared to go to any lengths to uphold her drug habit which results in her life spiraling completely out of control.
Things start to happen around the house, unexplained occurrences, that Paige initially puts down to her alcohol consumption but then things take a sinister turn and Paige realises that there is someone else involved…
Eventually Paige looks for help from the detective who was involved in her daughter’s murder but due to her history of alcohol he puts it all down to her imagination. Paige’s Dad and brother, Maxim, step in and do their best to cope with Paige’s descent into what they perceive as a addiction problem.
Due to circumstances beyond her control Paige has to move into the Rectory with her brother, who is the local parish priest.
Here, she thought she would be safe from the frightening events that have been happening but things take a very dramatic twist that sees Paige fighting for her own survival and the survival of others.
My Girl is a novel that will appeal to many. The writing style is very good. There is an excellent build up of tension and the fear of the character is palpable.
Unfortunately for me the story took one twist too many. I was left with a few unanswered questions and I felt it was very rushed towards the end.
There appears to be quite a lot of Psychological Thrillers/Suspense in the shops at the moment, with a wide choice of quality writers. It is a very competitive market but one I think in time, that Jack Jordan will be a part of.
In my ever so humble opinion, Jack Jordan is a writer to watch. I don’t doubt, with a bit more experience, we are definitely looking at a writer who will improve and be one of those lucky enough to achieve international acclaim.
I would love to know what you think so please let me know if you pick up a copy of My Girl.
“I’m an introvert disguised as an extrovert, an intelligent person who can say very unintelligent things, and a self-confessed bibliomaniac with more books than sense.”
Jack has been writing fiction for five years, and has overcome every obstacle that all writers must face: the duty to consume excessive amounts of tea and coffee, riddling self-doubt, overwhelming writer’s block, dozens of copy-and-pasted rejection letters, and unrealistic career comparisons to J K Rowling, made by innocent – yet oblivious – civilians.
“When I was seventeen years old, I suffered from agoraphobia, so bad that I would have a panic attack whenever the postman delivered mail through the letterbox. To escape my confinement, I would write short stories for my own amusement – I was able to live an exciting life through my characters. I was rather taken with one particular short story, and continued writing it, until eventually I found myself staring at a novel made up of one hundred thousand words. I had begun writing the story to pass the time, and ended with a passion for the craft, and my first novel to my name; I had begun an amateur, and finished a writer.”