Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Good Girl by Christy Barritt

About the Book:

Tara Lancaster can sing "Amazing Grace" in three harmonies, two languages, and interpret it for the hearing impaired. She can list the Bible canon backward, forward, and alphabetized. And the only time she ever missed church was at seventeen because she had pneumonia—and her mom made her stay home.

But when her life shatters around her and her reputation is left in ruins, Tara decides escape is the only option. She flees halfway across the country to dog-sit, but the quiet anonymity she needs isn't waiting in her sister's house. Instead she finds a knife with a threatening message, a fame-hungry friend, a too-hunky neighbor, and evidence of...a ghost?

Following all the rules has gotten her nowhere. And nothing she learned in Sunday School can tell her where to go from there.

My Thoughts:

I've been a huge fan of Christy Barritt's fiction since I stumbled across a book called "Hazardous Duty".  Now my daughter is a fan as well, and I can't wait to share this book with her.  I knew Christy was a great writer, but she truly surprised me with her newest novel.

"The Good Girl" introduces us to Tara Lancaster, a young woman I could SO relate to in so many ways.  Tara has always obeyed the rules of the Christian faith, and always felt good about her walk with God.  Even to the point of being a big judgmental of others who weren't quite as good.

But when her life implodes and spirals completely out of control, will Tara completely turn her back on being good?  Or will she learn that there's more to faith than being good...lots more.  I was cheering for Tara from page one, and felt every chill and thrill she felt.

That house was CREEPY!  I had absolutely no idea what was going on, and was almost afraid to speculate.  I knew Cooper, Tara's next door neighbor, was on the right path about the happenings...but a teeny part of me thought something supernatural might have been the case...was I right or was Cooper?

And Candy...what a HOOT!  I adored her from the first scene until the last, and was so glad she and Tara became fast friends.  Turns out Candy and Cooper were just the people Tara needed...nothing like solid people in your corner.

Oh, what a corner Christy painted for Tara...I had no idea how she was going to get her heroine out of that mess, but Christy did it with style and with total believability (don't know if that's a word, but I like it!).

This is my new favorite book by Christy Barritt, and I only hope she writes more about these engaging and sometimes wacky characters.  Potential abounds with Lana Lancaster, Tara's wayward sister, to appear in a sequel.

I received an advance copy of "The Good Girl" in exchange for an honest review.  I urge you to discover the joy and wit of a novel by Christy Barritt, and this is the best book to start with...just don't stop until you've read them all.

"The Good Girl" is highly recommended.

Happy Reading!



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