I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Beware That Girl
Author: Teresa Toten
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): For fans of We Were Liars, The Girl on the Train, and Gone Girl, this powerful psychological thriller with multiple mysteries is set against the backdrop of the megawealthy elite of New York City. Toten delves into the mesmerizing yet dysfunctional world of those who manipulate but seem ever so charming. With its gripping pace and Hitchcockian twists, Beware That Girl will keep readers guessing until the very last line.
The Haves. The Have-Nots. Kate O’Brian appears to be a Have-Not. Her whole life has been a series of setbacks she’s had to snake her way out of—some more sinister than others. But she’s determined to change that. She’s book smart. She’s street-smart. Oh, and she’s also a masterful liar.
As the scholarship student at the Waverly School in NYC, Kate has her work cut out for her: her plan is to climb the social ladder and land a spot at Yale. She’s already found her “people” among the senior class “it” girls—specifically in the cosseted, mega-wealthy yet deeply damaged Olivia Sumner. As for Olivia, she considers Kate the best friend she’s always needed, the sister she never had.
When the handsome and whip-smart Mark Redkin joins the Waverly administration, he immediately charms his way into the faculty’s and students’ lives—becoming especially close to Olivia, a fact she’s intent on keeping to herself. It becomes increasingly obvious that Redkin poses a threat to Kate, too, in a way she can’t reveal—and can’t afford to ignore. How close can Kate and Olivia get to Mark without having to share their dark pasts?
I was very excited when I was approved for Beware That Girl on NetGalley as I love Teresa Toten and the psychological thriller genre. I started this book with really high hopes, which is probably why I ended up a little disappointed. This book is told in alternating perspectives and contains a super smart main character, which I loved, but the plot was uneventful in certain parts, which bored me.
Beware That Girl is a psychological thriller that is very unique. This book is also told in alternating perspectives, which I always love. What is really interesting about this story is that Kate’s story is told in first person and Olivia’s is written in third person. I have never seen this before and was very intrigued by it. It definitely added to the overall mystery of the book.
I really enjoyed Kate as a main character in Beware That Girl. She is smart and careful not to reveal her secrets. I also found Kate to have a really mysterious backstory that is very entertaining to discover. Although I really enjoyed Kate, I found certain other characters, like Mark and Olivia, to be very stereotypical. It was a lot harder to enjoy the book when one of the characters is said to, “exude raw masculinity.”
The way that Beware That Girl is written is very satisfying. The build-up very well done and super suspenseful. I did find part of the story to be a bit predictable, though, which took away from the effect. Since I was able to predict the events of the story fairly often, the plot fell flat at certain points. When reading a thriller, I like to see a lot action, and this book didn’t really have that.
Beware That Girl is a thriller told in alternating perspectives with a main character who is very intelligent. However, a couple of the other characters were too stereotypical for my liking. As much as I wanted to enjoy this book, the lack of action didn’t live up to my expectations.