Publication date: 31st Jan 2012
My rating: 4 out of 5
New Girl is a brilliantly creepy modern day adaptation of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, the story alternates between "New Girl" (I loved how we don't get to find out her name until right at the end) and Becca the popular girl who has gone missing and who's place at Manderley Academy new girl has taken, and the two boys caught in the middle.
Confession time- I haven't read the original Rebecca so I have no idea how New Girl measures up but all I can say is I was completely creeped out by it! The strength of New Girl is definitely in the characters. Poor new girl is literally living in the shadows of Becca who seems to have had everyone under her spell. Becca was forward, selfish and downright manipulative and had a sort of "golden couple" relationship with Max that everyone was jealous of. Max incidental seemed like quite a nice guy which left me wondering why he continued with Becca? Was it convenience, fear or because she was pushy and all over him like a rash?
My favourite character by far was Dana the roommate who definitely would win the creepiest character of all time award. She's convinced Becca will be back to take her rightful place at the top of the Manderley food chain, keeping the room a shrine to Becca despite New Girl now living there. To say she was openly hostile to New Girl would be a complete understatement. Dana is brilliantly bonkers and scared the living daylights out of me!
New Girl is captivatingly chilling. The mystery of Becca's disappearance kept me guessing right to the end. Did Dana the bonkers roommate kill her? Was it Max the boyfriend or Johnny the bit on the side? Did Becca just head off into the sunset and is about to make her triumphant return? Honestly, the suspense nearly killed me, I had no idea which pretty much guaranteed that I would race through it to find out. Riveting read I loved it.
Thanks to Harlequin Teen and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review New Girl.