Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: September 01, 2020
Genre: Adult Fiction / Thriller
They say everything is fun and games until someone gets hurt. Well, someone did—and now the game has changed…
Emily Bennett works as a therapist in Pennsylvania, helping children overcome their troubled pasts—even as she struggles to forget her own. Once upon a time, Emily was part of a middle school clique called the Harpies—six popular girls who bullied the new girl to her breaking point.
The Harpies took a blood oath: never tell a soul what they did to Grace Farmer.
Now, fourteen years later, it seems karma has caught up to them when one member of that vicious circle commits suicide. But when a second Harpy is discovered dead shortly after, also from apparent suicide, the deaths start to look suspicious. And when Emily starts seeing a woman who looks a lot like Grace Farmer lurking in the shadows, she’s forced to wonder: Is Grace back for revenge? Or is Emily’s guilt driving her mad?
Sticks and stones may break your bones, but the Harpies are about to find out just how much words can hurt you.
Girl Gone Mad by Avery Bishop is a super addicting novel about bullying and mental illness along with so many other tough topics. It was so much more than I had expected it to be, and at times very painful/hard to read. There are triggers galore and it was like a hardcore version of the movie Mean Girls. I was really impressed with how authentic the book felt, and how Bishop approached so many subjects that are hard for people to talk about. I also loved the pacing of the novel and it felt steady the entire time which made for a very quick read. I was completely invested in the characters as well and was just waiting to see what would happen to them.
There is one twist that I saw coming from a mile away, but lots of others that I didn’t and overall the end was pretty dang shocking. There was something very ominous about Girl Gone Mad, and Bishop did an excellent job of making the reader wonder who was good and who was up to something bad. I enjoyed the way it alternated between past and present, and how we only got a couple other viewpoints than Emily and it wasn’t all the time. I would read this if you want a twisty, well-paced read that will smack you in the face with how mean and devious it is. Not for the faint of heart and be prepared to be sad and angry at the treatment of others.
I grabbed this one off of Kindle Unlimited and I highly recommend you do the same if you have it, or just buy it since it’s worth it. The cover is stunning, and the content will blow you away. Girl Gone Mad is an intense take on a mean girl’s story along with a great and shocking mystery. Definitely a book you don’t want to pass up!