The Girl from the Sea

The Girl from the Sea

by SHALINI BOLAND

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ISBN-13: 9780956998552
Publisher: Creative Adrenalin Ltd
Publication date: 06/09/2016
Pages: 306
Sales rank: 375,160
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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The Girl from the Sea 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
BookBridget More than 1 year ago
I adored this book! Written by an author that I never heard of before I wasn't sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised! Mia washes up on the beach and cannot remember what happened or who she is. Her boyfriend claims her and she returns to her house; luckily it turns out she is loaded! But she feels disconnected from her boyfriend and her friends. Turns out that she’s be estranged from her family also. Her old life that appeared perfect at first, turns out not to be that great after all. Mai makes it her life purpose to find out what happened to her but is unsure of who, id anyone, she should trust. Full of many twists and turns along the way! Looking forward to Shalini Boland’s next book!
Shelves_of_Knives More than 1 year ago
When you don’t even know who you are, how do you know who to trust? A woman is discovered washed up on the beach with a head injury and amnesia. Eventually, her boyfriend is located and he comes in to claim her. Once she returns home to her expensive apartment and her wealthy life, she feels as though she doesn’t fit in. But who can she trust? The boyfriend she no longer remembers nor has feelings for? The cute rowing instructor she is developing a crush on but is in the process of healing after his marriage recently ended? Her estranged family members? I enjoyed this story, but must admit I foresaw the first twist coming very early. As I love a good twisty novel, foreseeing a twist doesn’t necessarily ruin the story for me. In this particular book, there are a few more twists yet to come. While reading this book, I kept imagining how complicated life would be to wake up and know absolutely nothing about who you are, what you look like, not even recognizing your own mother’s voice. It would be truly terrifying. I think the author did a decent job of creating a sense of reality throughout the book, as I think most people would react very similarly to how the main character reacted. This is not a scary book, but there are a few disturbing images as the main character starts to regain glimpses of her past. The book isn’t very long, and the pacing is quick, so it is a nice, speedy read. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers and suspense novels.
GratefulGrandma 9 months ago
I enjoyed this story very much. I listened to it on audio and at seven hours, I listened to it off and on over a day and a bit. The story seemed a bit familiar, woman washes up on a beach and has amnesia. Her boyfriend shows up at the hospital and claims her. She heads home trying to piece her life back together but this "new woman" doesn't feel comfortable in this life. Does she dump her boyfriend? Does she go after Jack from the rowing club? How did she end up in the sea? The story may have familiar themes, but the actual storyline had some very different twists and turns to it. As the story unwinds you think you know what happened, then boom, another clue is revealed to take you in a different direction. The story is tied up nicely even though not what I expected, and I was happy with the ending. My opinions of the characters in this story was constantly changing from pity, hatred, understanding, hatred and so on. I will be reading more by this author.
booklover- 11 months ago
She comes to on a beach. How did she get there? What happened to her? When paramedics arrive she can't answer anyone's questions. She doesn't know her name. She doesn't know where she lives. Maybe the injury to the back of her head is causing the memory loss. While in the hospital, her boyfriend shows up.. at least that's what he says. And he does have pictures of them together. He says her name is Mia. But the boyfriend may not be her boyfriend. She feels absolutely no connection to him at all. She does feel a little something for Jack, a man she has met before, but has no memory of. And he is married. She's contacted by her mother and sister .. but something is a bit off kilter there, as well. Why does she feel that everyone is lying to her? What are they hiding? When you don't even know who you are, how do you know who to trust? This is an excellent psychological thriller. The suspense starts on the first page and holds fast until the very last explosive ending.... an ending I never saw coming. The characters are credible and they all have issues. Mia's issue is her obvious loss of memory, but she seems changed from the 'old' Mia. The boyfriend gave me the willies .. he seemed awfully controlling and manipulating. Jack is almost too good to be true. Her mother and sister were greedy people who only were after her money. Plenty of suspects .. lots of motivation for murder..but who really wanted her dead? Many thanks to the author / Adrenalin Books / Netgalley for the digital copy of this highly suspenseful thriller. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
READAHOLIC-ZONE1 More than 1 year ago
When I started this book I was eager to read it the book's blurb made it sound great sadly it turned out to just be meh. The first few chapters got me hooked though from there the story went down hill. I was under the impression that this book was a thriller yet I found nothing white knuckling about it. Actually, I found it highly repetitive. At times Mia is trying to figure out who she was before the amnesia, though ultimately the plot focuses on her having a raging crush on a gentleman. I will admit I am glad I endured the story through to the end since that part impressed me the most. In addition, it is a quick read. Now, this story was not for me that does not mean you will not enjoy it. I expect a lot more out of a thriller than this book provided. Throughout the whole story, only a couple twists were implemented into the plot. In addition, the shocker value had been left out of over ninety percent of the plot. I need more from a story than that minute amount. “Thank you, Netgalley, for allowing me to give an honest review of this book”
PlsPassTheBooks More than 1 year ago
Firstly, comparing The Girl From The Sea to Gone Girl and/or The Girl On The Train is pretty brazen, and, frankly, readers who enjoyed either of those two books will be woefully disappointed. The Girl From The Sea is interesting and pretty well written on its own, but it isn't even close to the same league as Flynn and Hawkins' multi-layered, thoroughly developed, twisty-turny gems. If Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train are the NFL, The Girl From The Sea is the Junior College Athletic Association. It's good, it's fast, and it's entertaining—but it ain't no NFL. Glad I got that off of my chest. So here's how I feel about the book on its own, without the audacious comparisons by its publisher: It's pretty darn good. Shalini Boland has created a tightly written story, woven neatly over an interesting premise. I found Mia kind of difficult to connect with and really one-dimensional, but when I took into account that the novel's outlook is through the eyes of a narrator who probably has as little emotional network as she does actual memories, it was easy to get on board. The Girl From The Sea is fast paced and engaging. It's not going to win a Pulitzer, but is solid and satisfying enough to spend a few hours on the weekend getting washed away in it. 3.5 Stars I'd like to thank Net Galley and the publisher, Adrenalin Books, for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, which this certainly is.
Sanz71 More than 1 year ago
I loved Shalini's Outside series and really enjoyed her writing style, but that was my favourite genre. This one is described as a chilling suspense, not the type of genre I would usually choose. Still looking forward to reading as I consider myself a Shalini Boland fan" Did I enjoy the book? I thoroughly enjoyed it. Would I recommend the book? Yes, I completely agree with the description of "chilling thriller". I think this will appeal to a wide audience and age range of readers. Would I read more books by Shalini Boland? I already have read more titles by Shalini and intend to continue to do so. FINAL THOUGHTS Wow, I did not expect that brilliant twist at all! I highly recommend you read this one! I could actually imagine it being made into a film, it's really that good. Move over Murder She Wrote, Miss Marples and Poirot!
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
In the praise surrounding Shalini Boland's latest novel, The Girl From the Sea, readers are promised a 'gripping pyschological thriller', a 'chilling suspense story'. On the other hand, what readers receive is a simple mystery that explores the life of a young, rich woman who suffers from amnesia. When I decided to read this story I was intrigued by the plot and hoping for something similar to Jenny Milchman's Cover of Snow, which was an edgy mystery with many layers. As the mystery thickened the characters continued to develop and the connections between characters became evident throughout the story telling. The Girl From the Sea has so much potential but the mystery does not deepen throughout the story and it is very one-dimensional. It's these kinds of stories that don't have to be rushed, they deserve an intricate plot with loops and twists. Surprise and subterfuge are traits of a mystery that is not found here. It was almost as if nothing concrete actually happens in the story right up until the ending, or turning point, but the turning point comes way too late. Even though there isn't anything in the story that directly points fingers at anyone for possibly trying to harm Mia, it becomes obvious quickly. She doesn't go looking for clues like a detective, but throughout the story she comes across information that tells readers about the people she came into contact with on a regular basis and about what kind of person she might be. Learning about the people she knew before losing her memory leads to a predictable conclusion. The Girl From the Sea was an easy read, which is not what I would say to describe a story that is supposed to be gripping. It's not scary, doesn't make you want to read it with the lights on, and it doesn't take you on a wild ride. I would like to read more from Shalini Boland because I feel she can give her stories more depth, but this one just doesn't take it to the right level. *eARC provided in exchange for honest review* Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books
Shelves_of_Knives More than 1 year ago
When you don’t even know who you are, how do you know who to trust? A woman is discovered washed up on the beach with a head injury and amnesia. Eventually, her boyfriend is located and he comes in to claim her. Once she returns home to her expensive apartment and her wealthy life, she feels as though she doesn’t fit in. But who can she trust? The boyfriend she no longer remembers nor has feelings for? The cute rowing instructor she is developing a crush on but is in the process of healing after his marriage recently ended? Her estranged family members? I enjoyed this story, but must admit I foresaw the first twist coming very early. As I love a good twisty novel, foreseeing a twist doesn’t necessarily ruin the story for me. In this particular book, there are a few more twists yet to come. While reading this book, I kept imagining how complicated life would be to wake up and know absolutely nothing about who you are, what you look like, not even recognizing your own mother’s voice. It would be truly terrifying. I think the author did a decent job of creating a sense of reality throughout the book, as I think most people would react very similarly to how the main character reacted. This is not a scary book, but there are a few disturbing images as the main character starts to regain glimpses of her past. The book isn’t very long, and the pacing is quick, so it is a nice, speedy read. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers and suspense novels.
Rag_Doll More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. From the very start it's packed with mystery, uncertainty and bewilderment as we immediately engage with Mia who has washed up on the seashore and has total memory loss. This isn't just 'can't remember how I ended up here', this is absolute memory loss. She doesn't know her own name, where she is, who she is, where she lives, or even what she looks like when she first looks in a mirror. I was totally captivated by the slow recovery and revelations of Mia's life, learning which foods she liked and meeting afresh people who knew her. As Mia starts to live her new life of discovery she is pleasantly surprised that she lives in a very nice waterside apartment and has a very healthy bank balance. She also has a handsome boyfriend who she doesn't feel comfortable with but doesn't know why. One thing she does seem to take to which was in her forgotten life is rowing. Of course, it doesn't stay with the mundane day to day life, this is a well plotted psychological thriller and all in Mia's life is not as pleasant as she first thought. The rowing club which she is so strongly drawn to holds many answers to recovering the memories of her forgotten life. But how does she know whether the visions she has of drowning are real or a dream, and why does her neighbour dislike her so much? I found this to be very well written with a well put together plot. The writing is very fluid and so easy to read that I was half way through in no time at all and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. The characters are engaging and realistic, though not always likeable, and I felt from the beginning that I was inside Mia's head – I felt I knew what she was going through and had deep sympathy for her. A fascinating and gripping read and will certainly take a look at this authors other novels.
Ratbruce More than 1 year ago
A psychological thriller about a woman with amnesia could easily be misconstrued as a boiler plate thriller. In less talented hands it might have been. However, the depth of character and the unexpected twists from this talented author makes for a page turning read.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
The Girl from the Sea by Shalini Boland is a so-so novel of suspense. A young woman wakes up on a beach, apparently having been washed ashore after almost drowning. At the hospital it becomes clear that she has she has retrograde amnesia. She can't even remember her name or even recognize herself in the mirror. The overwhelming questions are: Who is she? and Why was she in the ocean? Then a young man comes forward with evidence that he is her boyfriend. Apparently her name is Mia James, although she doesn't recognize the name. She chooses to believe him and he takes her to her home, where she recognizes nothing. Now she is still trying to fill in the empty blanks and discover who she is. Mia must learn who she is from what other people tell her. Since she has no memory, she doesn't know who she can really trust and must rely on her instincts to figure out who is being truthful and who is lying. She does know that her supposed boyfriend annoys her. And then there are the dream-like flashbacks she is having. I did have to suspend my disbelief that Mia would be allowed to have this boyfriend take her home, even though she has no memory of him or their relationship. Hello? Could he have been the one who tried to kill her? Or, even if it was an accident, was he with her? You're really all taking him at his word over what happened the night she disappeared? Shouldn't someone have advised a healthy dose of caution in all things rather than running around believing that everyone she talks to will have her best interests at heart. Uh - no. People rarely are that altruistic. Certainly the police or her doctor could have found some neutral party to simply look out for her. In the real world this would have happened considering who Mia James is. The media would have likely been all over it too. Basically all of the characters are simplistic caricatures with little development or depth. This simplicity is reflected in the narrative too, which is very predictable and includes some extraordinarily convenient and even unbelievable plot points. You will likely be intrigued enough to keep reading in order to find out what happens next, even if only to see if your predictions are correct. (And for seasoned readers of suspense: you will be correct.) This is "suspense-lite" so don't expect any nail-biting anxiety over what is going to happen next. The plot is simple enough to easily follow even with distractions. Actually it reads like an easy YA book and I was surprised that it isn't considered YA. This is an easy, fast read which might make it a perfect airplane book. Disclosure: My advanced reading copy was courtesy of the publisher for review purposes.