The Girl in the Walls Review

Girl in the Walls


She doesn’t exist. She can’t exist.

Elise knows every inch of the house. She knows which boards will creak. She knows where the gaps are in the walls. She knows which parts can take her in, hide her away. It’s home, after all. The home her parents made for her. And home is where you stay, no matter what.

Eddie is a teenager now, almost a grown-up. He must no longer believe in the girl he sometimes sees out of the corner of his eye. He needs her to disappear. But when his fierce older brother senses her, too, they are faced with the question of how to get rid of someone they aren’t sure even exists.

And, if they cast her out, what other threats might they invite into their home? 

My Review

I’m not even sure where to start on this book. It was…something. It’s been a month and I still don’t think I understand this book. The writing style was, to be frank, boring. It wasn’t that the pacing was slow, it was, but there was nothing to engage me which is a shame.

What could have been an incredibly unique story just turned into a very odd one with nothing for me to really shout the merits for aside from a creative premise gone wrong.

I was never sure what the hell I was reading, was this going to be a mystery in the end? How was it a coming of age (it got there, sort of) and just why.

While reading it I described it as what I would imagine an acid trip might be like…but boring. Maybe there are boring acid trips, I don’t know, but, that’s what I feel this is.

We had PAGES. And I mean PAGES of just this girl in the walls every day routine. And I’m sorry, there are some very smart children out there but this seemed WILD for her to have done so much just on the fly when she decided this was the path she was going to choose after tragedy struck her.

So I went from reading like 80 pages about how this girl watches tv very quietly and eats raisin bran to suddenly there being someone who is just trying to, Idk, capture her, murder her, make her some side show exhibit.

Honestly it got WILD and from out of left field so I went from being bored to being extremely confused and uncomfortable.

Whatever we were supposed to feel for the MC, I don’t think I did unless it was abject horror. Also the ending may have been hitting for poignant but I got some super creepy vibes off of it. That was just weird and unnecessary.

This was a huge bummer for me because I was hoping for some sort of thriller meets coming of age but it was how to eat raisin bran quietly and sleep beneath floorboards meets hi I’m going to murder you, go ahead and run. Which might have made sense if this person had made an earlier solid appearance.

2/5 cups of coffee from me and I’ve sold my copy, but I do sincerely hope that the person enjoys this book.

3 thoughts on “The Girl in the Walls Review”

  1. I lost it around “eat raisin bran quietly and sleep beneath floorboards meets hi I’m going to murder you, go ahead and run.” <Here. The book may have been a bust(and I'm sorry to hear it was).. but thanks to it, we get this fantastic review. 😆

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