The Girl in White Pajamas

The Girl in White Pajamas

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ISBN-13: 9781481871983
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/22/2013
Pages: 426
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Chris Birdy was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, she did a four year stint in the Middle East. When she returned to the States, Chris settled down in the Boston area and became a true Bostonian by collecting college degrees while raising a family.
For more than twenty years, Chris has been a member of the legal community performing investigative work for Boston law firms.
Chris lives outside of Boston and in Palm Beach, Florida with her husband.

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The Girl in White Pajamas 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
bubbymama09 More than 1 year ago
This story begins with a plethora of characters in several different settings, yet eventually, you come to know how they're intertwined by both blood & lies. I started reading this carefully, to make sure I had all of the players straight, but before I knew it, there were so many crazy people that I just couldn't keep track of them all. I have to say that I called at least part of the ending about halfway through the book. But I had no idea what kind of ride it was going to be in order to get there! This story is filled with Boston grit, lost loves, humorous wit, deceit, eccentric families & murder. I don't want to give any details away (that would spoil it), but I read this book in a couple days (unheard of in my house) & can't wait to start the next one in the series!
Paige_Clendenin More than 1 year ago
"I received this item free in exchange for my honest opinions. All views and opinions are my own." "The Girl in White Pajamas" By: Chris Birdy is a captivating murder mystery that leaves you on the edge of your seat. From the first word to the last, you are left captivated by the character driven plot lines. With the help of Bogie McGruder, the main character, you will go on a wild ride of deception, lies, and secrets, as well as find love, life, and forgiveness. I could not put this book down, and look forward to it’s sequels. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery and the stimulation of emotions through an adventurous read such as this. As a reader, I was wildly fueld by the desire to discover “The Girl in White Pajamas!”
TracyHelpsYou More than 1 year ago
Bogie McGruder thinks he has finally gotten his life (and health) straightened out now that he lives in Palm Beach. He left behind a morally bankrupt, dysfunctional, blended family, as well as, a young daughter he has never met (because of an equally dysfunctional love affair), back in Boston. Then he finds out that his teenage daughter is pregnant and wants to drop out of high school to marry the father. All this is nothing compared to the tangled mess he finds when he travels back to Boston to attend his half brother’s funeral. The plot thickens when he discovers that Bud was murdered in front of the law office where his ex-lover, Bailey, works. Soon after he arrives, he finds himself in the middle of every type of emotional drama that dysfunctional families seem to thrive on. He finally meets his daughter, Isabella, who proves to be a highly intelligent, precocious 3 year old. He then learns that her mother is in danger and proceeds to try to find out who is trying to hurt her (and by association), his precious daughter. His investigation turns up that the murder and the ex-lover’s case are deeply intertwined. To keep her safe, he takes Isabella with him as he follows leads to solve the mystery of finding out who wants to see Bailey dead. At R&B headquarters (his security company), a couple of the bodyguards are assigned to keep an eye on his daughter for a while. Needless to say, Isabella soon has these big, burly tough guys wrapped around her little finger. They bought her a miniature white “gi” (pajamas) and taught her some basic martial arts moves. This novel is part mystery / part family drama / part reunited romance. It is fast paced with many twists & turns, scandals and skeletons falling out of lots of closets. I look forward to reading the next book in this series :)
mmbear More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with action and lots of lies and secrets right from the beginning page! I don't know how others like to read murder/mystery books or any kind of book for that matter, but I do appreciate the writer giving each person's take on what happened to them that day. So, in The Girl in White Pajama's you will get to hear several key players and what their thoughts are and from those intimate details I figured out that the killer was one of two people and I was correct. I love it when I can figure out who did it before the book actually tells me who did, but to me that is the fun part about reading these kind of stories because they cause me to really think and work out different scenarios in my mind. This is also a story about family, betrayals, hatred and love, but mostly about a couple coming to terms with decisions that they made three years ago that cost them both a lot of heartache and bad feelings that weren't really necessary because they never stopped loving each other. While this is a book about searching for the killer of a Boston cop, it is also a heartwarming story about the ones that Bogie loves and it will ultimately give him more than he could have ever imagined.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
I love the name Isabella. This character had a name that fit her personality. She was a great character to like. I enjoyed the relationships in this book and how the author tried to reconnect them. There were blood relationships, friendships, and a couple that were all bound by lies. As the book went on it was obvious that someone wanted the lies to stay hidden and they would kill to make sure they did. I did not expect the ending, but it make me cheer for the "savior". However was everyone saved? Will the characters be able to move on after all that they have been through? I already have the second book, "The Girl in Black Pajamas", and I can not wait to read it. This is definitely an author that I will follow for new releases. She was able to switch locations in the book seamlessly, and it was easy to follow. I am giving this book a 5/5. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
BeccaW More than 1 year ago
I was so excited when I received this book in the mail for review. The cover had me intrigued as well as the tile, so I couldn’t wait to dive right in! There are lots of characters and so you have to keep up, but this makes it all that much more exciting. The family is funny with all sorts of craziness. The beginning takes you a minute so that you can dig in and understand everything. Understanding what characters are to who is very important. Paying attention is key. I loved that the author brought to the table a boy that was completely cast out to the side by his family. The boy moved on and became stronger from it. Others in his family seemed to be stuck in a rut. I loved all of the story lines in the book of people trying to make amends and come to terms with things that had happened in the past. This story was a great read and moving on to the next one in the series is going to be easy. I am excited and thrilled to be taking part in the reviews for this author. The reading of this book was spunky and fresh. I loved it! I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
This is a somewhat madcap adventure which revolves around a murder. Bodie McGruder's brother Officer Bud is gunned down. Bodie, who has been living down in Palm Beach which he figures is far enough away from his VERY dysfunctional family returns to Boston to pay his condolences. Actually what he really wants to do is to find and be reunited with his 3 year old daughter, who he was never told he had. He does know and really wants to find her. There are so many twists and turns in this novel and so many half truths and lies (I did mention that this family was dysfunctional didn't I) that although you MIGHT figure out who actually committed the murder you will never in a million years believe how Isabella saves the day! I am looking forward to The Girl in Black Pajamas which is the next book in this series.
A_Gluten_Free_Mom More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with everyone in a heartbeat. As Birdy unwinds his mystery he wound me deeply into Bogie's life. Boston is a city I haven't visited since a high school field trip, but was quickly drawn into Bogie's version of Boston (a much grittier version than my field trip experience). Birdy wrote with wonderful imagery that painted a picture of the lies and deceit a upwardly mobile man can create making me realize how glad I am to not be a part of that society! Superbly engaging mystery with memorable characters to boot.
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
A murder mystery with excellent twists and turns, the characters and situations along with the relationships are very descriptive and superbly explained. The novel is a little bit difficult to follow at first and the way the author manipulates the reader to keep going and persist by creating a little bit of mystique turns the novel into a great read. The story brings our hero in contact with his past lover when he has to investigate his brothers murder this also bring him into contact with his family and a brilliant ride of emotion and feelings that you can relate to in your life. The excellent emotive writing of the novelist is first rate. The brilliant building up of the detective and meeting his young daughter for the first time and the way that the relationship develops will bring tears to your eyes. The read is fast paced and a real page turner with excellent situations and predicaments which add excitement to the story. The main point that I enjoyed about this novel was the intensity and the really descriptive style of writing. The excellent humanisation of all the characters helped make the plot come to life. If you like a good solid murder mystery with an excellent plot and characters then this is a book for you and I hope any other novels by this author are just as good or even better.
AMadisonMom More than 1 year ago
I’m not always a huge fan of mysteries but I occasionally give one a try. In my mind… a good murder mystery (or any suspense novel) really takes a lot of concentration if you want to solve the puzzle before the end. I do love figuring out the mystery… but I love it even more when the ending really surprises me. The Girl in White Pajamas jumped right into the mystery on page one. I actually found myself wondering, more than once, if I had stepped into the middle of the story. (It wouldn’t be the first time I picked up a book not realizing it was the 2nd in a series). It took me a long time to grasp who all of the characters were (there were a LOT of them). It took me even longer to figure out how everyone related to each other… and to keep track of who was connected and how. Slowly the author brought everything together. She did a pretty amazing job of weaving a story that pulled you right along. I think if you’re a murder mystery reader… you’d really enjoy Chris Birdy’s writing.
dewer421 More than 1 year ago
This family is so twisted that it makes mine look perfectly sane! In the beginning The Girl in White Pajamas is kind of confusing, trying to keep track of the different characters and who they are to each other. Because they're mostly all related it makes it that much more difficult to keep track of everyone. Chris Birdy brought to life the boy who was shunned and ignored by his family and moved on to make something of his life, while most of the rest of his family squandered theirs. Bogie loves his teenage daughter (even when he can't understand her) and desperately wants to meet his 3 year old daughter. The circumstances in this book allow them to meet, and his younger daughter is a spunky handful that made me laugh out loud! She is so much like my daughters that I wondered if Chris Birdy has met my girls! This story was a quick read for me, since the mystery grabbed me and the characters came to life for me! It was funny, entertaining, and everything a great book should be. I loved it and I can't wait to read the author's next book!
Aiesa1 More than 1 year ago
Bogie made something of himself. More that the high-falootin "family" thought he would. As a child he was always considered the trespasser on their society. When the death of a family member takes him back to the home of his step-mother, he becomes embroiled in a huge spiderweb of lies and deceit that threaten all he holds dear. I can't give much away, but what a DYSFUNCTIONAL family that man has to deal with. Although still the outcast of the family, it falls to him to deal with the aftermath and the questions that follow his return. Then there is also a bit of personal business to which needs his attention. His heart melts for the 3 year old child he meets for the first time. His child... who seems to be smarter and more honest than anyone else in his life. She is is ensnared in the turmoil and lies that surround the family. Bogie will do whatever he must to protect her and the the ones he loves. The author has brought you in to this saga with such ease and skill. You will not want to put this one down til the last page is turned.
wifetoalineman02 More than 1 year ago
It is hard to put this book down once you started reading it. What a beautiful suspense story to read. It is not my cup of tea genre but I l love reading the story especially that adorable little Isabella. It is also a beautiful love story of finding second chance. You should read it and promise you will love this book. 
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Period. I will say, there are a lot of names and characters to keep track of and if you aren’t paying attention, it is easy to mix people up, but it was a fantastic read. I couldn’t figure out how the title related to the story until about three quarters of the way through the book, but then it hit me and I loved it! I cannot wait to continue on and read what comes next – and I certainly hope it contains the same characters because I really grew to love them… well, most of them! There is nothing better than a good mystery where the ending is not predictable. As much as I tried to figure this one out, I was definitely thrown off and never would have figured it out myself if Rose hadn’t started down the right path. If you enjoy murder mysteries, I highly recommend this book. The entire story will pull you in and have you hooked!
AdriLisa More than 1 year ago
Emotional Turbulence - Well Told! The Girl in White Pajamas by Chris Birdy had me wonder when I started reading it. Chris Birdy gave me a few surprises. The story unravels slowly with twists and turns making the suspense even more enjoyable.  With the funeral of Bud, BPD Officer, his brother Bogie arrives to Palm Beach.  His life takes another turn when his ex-lover Bailey and daughter Isabella re-enter his life.  The more I read it the more I saw how cute Isabella was as well as the possibility of reconciliation between her parents. How does a father start a relationship with a daughter he has never met is all well written in a way that is believable. The cover design did a lot of justice to the storyline.  Then, there is Amanda ~ Who is she? Will she change Bogie’s ways? Questions did arise as I was reading. I found this story well told and fascinating. The end was not that surprising; it was just the way it was told that made it sound very unique. All in all, I do recommend this crime story. Adriana LG
BookWormAndMore More than 1 year ago
I have not enjoyed a murder mystery so much in a very long time. I was hooked on this book from the beginning and could not put it down. There is so much suspense and so many twists and turns it is like riding a roller coaster. You never know what is around the corner. Chris Birdy will have you guessing up to the very end of the book. While this is a murder mystery, there is a little romance mixed in as well. The family dynamics play a major role in this book, too. The only thing that I didn't really care for were some of the situations in the book. It made me a little uncomfortable, but I guess life can be uncomfortable. I don't want to be specific because I don't want to give anything away about the book. I'm sure you will figure it out when you read it, especially one scene in the book. I did love the book, even with some of the scenes in the book. I could not put the book down. It will have you on the edge of your seat, and will keep you guessing until the very end. It is a down and gritty book. This book is for adults, because of some adult situations. I give this one 4 1/2 stars. I can't wait to see what else Chris Birdy writes. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
After Bogie’s brother Bud is murdered, he goes back to the home he was never welcomed at. Being a private investigator, he then gets drawn into protecting Bailey, his former girlfriend, along with the daughter that he has never seen.  Once he meets three-year-old Isabella, he knows he’ll never give her up. When Bud’s murder and Bailey’s death threats start pointing in the same direction, Bogie finds out just how much he has been lied to. Could he and Bailey pick up where they left off, or is it too late? When I first started reading this, I became confused very fast. So many names were thrown in at once that my mind became jumbled. I stopped and wrote the names and relations down to refer to. This helped a lot. After reading a ways though, I didn’t need it. Everyone became very clear. Other than that, I loved the story. There was a bit of repeating that could have been left out. Then it wouldn’t have been quite so long. I felt sorry for Bogie for his childhood, but he became a very good father in spite of it. Little Isabel was adorable and so trusting. I liked the way everyone was family, even though they weren’t. I think my favorite character though was Randy, Amanda’s fiancé. He seemed wise beyond his years. I would definitely recommend reading this.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite The Girl in White Pajamas by Erika Baert is a story of love, lies, and deception. Bogie McGruder receives word that his brother, Officer Bud of the Boston PD, has been shot dead. He returns for the funeral, hoping to catch a glimpse of Bailey, his ex-lover, and his daughter Isabella whom he has never met, before flying home. Things never go according to plan, though. Bailey contacts Bogie, looking for protection because she believes someone is hunting her down to kill her. Bogie finally gets to meet his love child and discovers that he never stopped loving her mother. What should have been a simple job of protecting Bailey turns sour when he gets dragged into the Boston PD’s investigation into his brother’s murder, despite his best efforts to stay out of it. Isabella, a little girl who has an obsession with martial arts, seems to be the only pure person in a world filled with liars and deceivers.   The Girl in White Pajamas by Erika Baert was a well written novel that has obviously been researched. The characters fit the storyline and I found it to be one of those stories that, although it didn’t grab you from the first, it slowly drew you in, like a spider catching its prey. I soon found it was hard to put down, needing to know what was next, and eventually I was so embroiled in the plot that it was impossible to put it down without wondering how the story would end. Great story, I'm very impressed.
carrolwolve More than 1 year ago
Remember your worst Christmas ever where everybody was fighting, and you have this novel, beginning to end. Nobody's happy. Most all have long-standing grievances. Too many drink too much alcohol. The matriarch is one nasty drunk. No problem, she has loads of company. All march through this novel of hurt feelings and harbored grievances. Sliding from a Boston pseudo-aristocrat family to Palm Beach is Bogie, the bastardly hero that nobody wanted. His pride is Amanda, his teenage pregnant daughter from a dead wife. Problem is, the love of his life is a stunning redhead who has a cute little redheaded daughter fathered by Bogie. Their love/hate relationship moves along with everyone else through this novel. As the money dwindles and alcohol consumption increases, the families blow apart. Bogie rescues his younger daughter with her help, no less. It's a story well told by an excellent emerging novelist. There are minor problems keeping the characters straight, and they sometimes appear without transition. The the basics are there, however. Chris Birdy most definitely has potential.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an incredible story of murder, hatred and lies all showcased by the dysfunctional McGruder family.  It was tough moving through the beginning with so many characters, but it was certainly worth it.   Chris Birdy is a gifted writer.  Her style is funny and engaging.  This is a book you won't forget.
KatrinaC More than 1 year ago
This is one life I am so glad I am not part of. Talk about dysfunctional families. The author has done a great job of adding all the twists throughout the story. I love twisted plots that keep you guessing until the end trying to work out who is guilty. I really enjoyed reading my way through the dysfunction and finished the book in just over a day. 
ErikaLK More than 1 year ago
The Girl in White Pajamas got my attention from the start. The scene a blistery cold night in Boston, a man in a parked car without the heat on, and a lady walking out of an office building. The man exits his car when he sees the woman leave the building and walks up to her. Few words are exchanged before he is shot in the head. The next chapter the reader is introduced to Bogie MacGruder who grew up with his illegitimate father in a house that offered him little love. His half siblings can barely function on their own and his father’s wife hates him. The MacGruder family is beyond dysfunctional. Bogie has a 3 year old precocious daughter, Izzy, which he meets for the first time.  She is sure to win over reader’s hearts as she becomes the hit of the book.  The story focuses on introducing the reader to the family along with all their history. Towards the end the small clues Birdy drops throughout the novel come together and the mystery is solved. The ending leaves new doors opened for the sequel, already on my book shelf! The author does a remarkable job bringing each character to life forcing me to love, loathe, and like them. The story is believable and far-fetched at the same time giving it a taste of humor. As a visual reader the story plays like a movie and the action doesn’t stop until the last page is turned. Interesting and suspenseful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I've read in a long time.  You don't have to be a mystery fan to enjoy it.