Content Warnings: sexual abuse, torture, cancer, death of a parent, death of a sibling, survivor’s guilt, self-harm, miscarriage, gore
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Simmering in Patagonian myth, The Tenth Girl is a gothic psychological thriller with a haunting twist.
At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.
Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored.
One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi’s existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.
It took me almost two months to read this and really that should tell you everything you need to know…
Here I am being the black sheep yet again. I swear I’m cursed. This book had so much hype and maybe I got too wrapped up in the idea of greatness but The Tenth Girl just didn’t work for me.
Yes, it’s great and atmospheric at times but those times are few and far between. Mostly it was just wordy and confusing as hell. I could not understand how things would go from one point to another or why certain details would be brought up and eventually I gave up trying to understand. There’s just way too much information that bogged everything down.
None of the characters were likable. Not a single one. There was never a point where I found myself caring about them or hoping things would turn out alright in the end. They were just all annoying.
I didn’t even enjoy the ending which, let’s be real, is the part I should have loved most because it meant I was finally being released from the story. The entire thing felt cheap. Like, really? That’s how you’re going to play things? It made the entire book seem pointless.
Overall, I’m frustrated that I invested so much time into The Tenth Girl. I have a review copy which made me feel like I couldn’t DNF it but oh I wish I had just this one time. A lot of readers have loved this and I’m glad they have, I never hope that somebody will dislike a book, but it just wasn’t for me.
A physical ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Want to see some other opinions? Check out these reviews:
- Amber from The Book Bratz really loved it!
- Shannon from It Starts at Midnight both liked and disliked it!
- Mayra points out a lot of problematic content that should be talked about!
What would you do if you found yourself attending a haunted boarding school? Will you be giving this book a try or have you already read it? Let me know in the comments!