ARC Review: The Girl with the Wrong Name by Barnabas Miller

Book cover for The Girl with the Wrong Name by Barnabas Miller.

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The Girl with the Wrong Name
Author: Barnabas Miller
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Seventeen-year-old Theo Lane has been hiding half of her face from the public ever since “The Night In Question,” a night that left her with a long, disfiguring scar, an unquiet mind, and no memory of what happened. An aspiring documentary maker, she uses her camera to keep the world at a safe distance, shooting hours of secret footage with a hidden button cam on her jacket collar. But when Andy Reese, a forlorn and mysterious “Lost Boy,” wanders into her frame, he becomes the unknowing star of her latest project. Her unhealthy obsession with him tears her from that sheltered life behind the camera, pulling her into a perilous, mind-bending journey through Andy’s world. But is it really Andy’s world she’s investigating? Or is it her own? 

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Readers looking for a thrill ride of a book should absolutely put The Girl with the Wrong Name on their radars. It is an intense psychological thriller that has an aspiring filmmaker as its protagonist. Also, the plot is so unpredictable, it leaves the reader in a constant state of wonder.

Barnabas Miller has created an amazing whirlwind of book that is full of suspense! Lately, I have been really into this genre, which is probably why I enjoyed this book so much. It honestly has it all, a mysterious scar, a night in question, a creepy sanctuary, everything that makes an interesting thriller. This is the kind of book that will blow the reader’s mind!

Theo, in The Girl with the Wrong Name, is such an enjoyable main character. She is brave and curious, and goes with her instincts. Theo’s name is also really interesting, since it has an interesting backstory. One of my favourite things about her is how she wants to be a filmmaker. I always love books with film/TV components, so this book was quite entertaining for me.

The plot of The Girl with the Wrong Name is so unpredictable. This is the kind of book with a powerful and shocking ending that the reader won’t even see coming (think We Were Liars). However, I did feel like there were some loose ends in the book, and I have so many questions after reading it. This was sort of disappointing, because I grew pretty attached to the characters, and want to know more about what happens to them. Other than that, the plot is so fast-paced and thrilling, making this book impossible to put down.

The Girl with the Wrong Name is a thriller with a curious main character and a twisty plot. It is a book that readers will find unputdownable, as it is so fast-paced. Fans of We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean should definitely read this book, as there are many similar components that will leave readers breathless.

8 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Girl with the Wrong Name by Barnabas Miller

  1. SERIESous Book Reviews says:

    This sounds great! I love books that keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing! I think I saw it when browsing upcoming releases but didn’t think to check it out.
    Adding this to my TBR for sure 😉

  2. Jaime Lynn says:

    I just went to Goodreads and added this book to my TBR. It sounds really good, and I am all about YA thrillers that are ACTUALLY thrilling. A lot of them just…. aren’t. Thank you for this awesome review, and giving me another great book to look forward to!

  3. kdaziz says:

    It seems so good, but I tend to shy away from thrillers…I did well with daughters unto devils though, so I might give this one a shot.

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