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Review of The Girl Who Survived by Lisa Jackson

*Note: This book was an advanced reader’s copy from Net Galley. It will be published on June 28, 2022, but is available for pre-order now on Amazon at


I chose this book because I’m a fan of the author’s, but I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Kara McIntyre suffered a horrible trauma on Christmas Eve when, at seven years old, she witnessed the massacre of her family. Although her step brother, Jonah, and step sister, Marlie, survived, Marlie disappeared that night and hasn’t been found in twenty years. Jonah was tried for the murders of his step siblings and found guilty. However, due to a technicality discovered twenty years later near Christmas, he was released from prison.

When other murders begin taking place of people involved with the McIntyre’s, the police believe Jonah is striking again. One detective isn’t too sure, and Kara, receiving odd text messages that may mean her sister is alive, wants to remember the truth of that terrible night to finally learn what really happened. Teaming up with the reporter whose father died saving her, Kara returns to the cabin where her family had spent that Christmas season.

I highly recommend this book to those who like dark fiction and enjoy thrillers with twists.



I'm a librarian at a public library and author of the Cobble Cove and Buttercup Bend cozy mystery series and other novels, short stories, poems, articles, and a novella. My books include CLOUDY RAINBOW, REASON TO DIE, SEA SCOPE, MEMORY MAKERS, TIME'S RELATIVE, MEOW AND PURRS, and the 6 books of my Cobble Cove cozy mystery series: A STONE'S THROW, BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE, WRITTEN IN STONE, LOVE ON THE ROCKS, NO GRAVESTONE UNTURNED, and SNEAKY'S SUPERNATURAL MYSTERY AND OTHER COBBLE COVE STORIES. I've also written a romantic comedy novella, WHEN JACK TRUMPS ACE, and short stories of various genres published as eBooks by Solstice Publishing and in anthologies published by the Red Penguin Collection. My standalone psychological thriller, SEA SCOPE, my medical mystery, MEMORY MAKERS, and my time-travel novel, TIME'S RELATIVE are published by NEXT CHAPTER PUBLISHING who has also published my cat poetry book, MEOWS AND PURRS, and the first book of my new Buttercup Bend cozy mystery series, THE CASE OF THE CAT CRAZY LADY. I've also signed with Next Chapter for a reprint of PET POSTS: THE CAT CHATS, my non-fiction cat book that will be retitled MEMORIES AND MEOWS. I am a member of Sisters-in-Crime, Long Island Authors Group, International Thriller Writers, and the Cat Writers' Association. I live on Long Island with my husband, daughter, and 2 cats.

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