The Girl From Yesterday by Kathryn Miller Haines

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Recovering drug addict Helen has finally gotten her life together. She regularly attends her NA meetings, doesn’t drink alcohol or caffeine, and doesn’t have sex. She has a job she loves working at a bakery with her aunt, and has a stable boyfriend. Things are finally looking up – or so she thought. When she’s contacted by the police who inform her that her childhood best friend Carrie has been found murdered and that her name was found on the body, things start to fall apart.

Even though Helen hasn’t heard from Carrie in 15 years, the police are still suspicious of Helen’s involvement. In order to prove her innocence, she dives back into her past and starts her own investigations. In doing so, she uncovers a lot of lies and a lot of secrets, and on top of that, it seems that someone is hell bent on getting her to break her sobriety. As she falls farther down the rabbit hole, she starts to question whether she can even trust herself…

I LOVED this book! I was completely enthralled from the very first page, and read the book in a day. I was dying to know what happened, and I loved our protagonist, Helen.  If you couldn’t tell from the initial synopsis, The Girl From Yesterday does talk quite a bit about drugs – specifically meth, though others are mentioned (including weed and cocaine) and delves into the lives of addicts, the side effects these drugs called, and the desperate measures an addict will go to in order to get their fix. I want to be very clear that this is a large part of the book, as I know it may be a trigger for some people. If that’s not something you can or want to read about, you may want to pass on this one!

That said, I loved the way it was done. I felt like we saw Helen try and be strong through so many points where it would have been easy for her to relapse, but we also saw how much she struggled to remain clean in some of these points, which I felt was probably much more realistic, as I don’t imagine an addict wakes up one day and never thinks about relapse.

I also really liked that we learned so much about Helen and Carrie’s past together. Carrie and her family moved away during high school, and that loss of friendship is part of what drove Helen to meth, so we saw that relationship in fragmented pieces of Helen’s memory and we saw how much it affected her to have Carrie move away and never hear from her again. In Helen’s personal investigation, we start learning bits and pieces of lies Carrie told her, and Helen has to wonder why? How much of these lies came back to bite her in the end? Are they part of why she was killed? It had me desperately turning the pages until I got my answers!

This book was full of twists and turns, and I actually didn’t see most of them coming until they were about to smack me in the face, and even then, I didn’t see some of them coming! I LOVED that! My jaw dropped at points of the book and I was talking out loud to the book – which is the sign of a great book to me! Helen was a broken protagonist that you didn’t know if you could trust, but I rooted for her the entire time, even when she made mistakes.

As it currently stands right now, the book doesn’t have very many reviews, and does have some low ratings. Normally, this isn’t something I focus on, but I wanted to point it out because I don’t want the current low rating to deter anyone from picking up the book, because it was amazing! Given the subject matter, I can see why it may not be for everyone, but if you know that going in and don’t mind it, I think you’ll enjoy this book. I’d highly recommend it for fans of psychological thrillers, especially if you love books where you aren’t sure if you can even trust the narrator/protagonist. Personally, I can’t think of a single thing I didn’t like about the book. It’s jumped to one of my favorite thrillers I’ve read so far in 2017!

A huge thank you to Netgalley, Kathryn Miller Haines, and Pocket Star for an advanced copy of the book. It was my pleasure to provide an honest review. The Girl From Yesterday comes out on April 17, 2017, so be sure to pick up your copy!

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