Review: The Girl She Was Before by Jess Kitching

Today I have the honour, and I mean HONOUR of reviewing The Girl She Was Before by Jess Kitching.

I was fortunate to get a pre-release copy for me to comment on by my Publisher, Kingsley Publishers, and I was blown away. Not only did I put aside the need for sleep to finish reading the book, but I was also bursting at the seems to tell someone about what I had read.

Hence my husband, my confidant for all my own book plots, had to sit through me retelling him the story, and all the plot twists from start to finish. I must have done a pretty good job of retelling it, as he himself engaged me in a full conversation about the ending.

So what was so great about this book?

Well I will try to describe it without giving away the storyline:

  • It had several underlying theme’s, that were written in such thought provoking ways. Those of bullying; social media effects on ones psychology and reality; psychological instability; family relationships and the need to be accepted in society.
  • There was a thought provoking plot, with several interesting characters that each had their own story that intertwined with the main plot.
  • Several plot twists to shock and delight you.
  • Suspense in trying to calculate who the killer actually was, I had so many theories, and none were correct.
  • An ending that will leave you gobsmacked, it still plays on my mind!

Its one of those novels where I read it and couldn’t believe it was a debut novel, but more so I read it and couldn’t believe this was solely from someone’s imagination. I actually went to check Jess out on social media to make sure she wasn’t anything like some of the characters she described, and I’m pleased to say she isn’t lol, she is the kindness human being out there!!

I’m a fan, needless to say, and I will read her next novel without even bothering to check the blurb, because her writing style, and plot layout is that good!

This is a definite MUST READ from me, I can’t stress it enough, oh and this comes from someone who never liked thrillers! Yes this is a crime thriller, but its so intellectually done, that there are no creepy, spook-you-out bits, it’s just a mind blowing, exceptional book you will love, irrespective of your favourite genre.

Book Release Date: 31 October 2021

Below is her book trailer on YouTube

Available in Paperback & Kindle – already on Pre-order

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About the book

A crime thriller with a brilliant twist you won’t see coming!
Powerful, packed full of gruelling details that will linger with you long after the book has finished.

Nat lives a picture-perfect life, but it wasn’t always this way. A victim of horrific bullying when she was a teenager, Nat will do anything to keep distance between the girl she was before and the woman she is now.

But when her best friend is murdered and people begin to point their finger at her, Nat’s new life quickly unravels.

To Nat, it’s no surprise the crime happened at the same time as the return of her biggest tormentor, Chrissy Summers. A woman with a violent streak who destroyed lives when she was younger and isn’t afraid to do it again.

Face to face with the past she so firmly keeps behind her, Nat’s sanity wavers as her determination to reveal Chrissy as the monster she knows her as rises to dangerous heights.

The question is, can Nat prove Chrissy is a killer, or will Chrissy get to Nat and her family before she has the chance?

You can’t outrun the past…

About the Author

Jess Kitching is an avid reader, writer and binge-watcher. Originally from Bradford, England, she currently lives in Sydney with her fiancé Jack.

Her two goals in life were to move to Australia and have a book published. To be able to say she has done both is something she still can’t wrap her head around.

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Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections and The Secret Letters, which are currently available from AmazonWaterstonesBarnes&Noble, Exclusive Books and where all good books are sold. She is also the Author of children’s books under the name Tammy Lee, you can follow The Adventure Train Series in these books.

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Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is available worldwide. She lives in South Africa with her Husband, Son and two Cocker Spaniels.

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