Parents' Guide to

The Tenth Girl

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dense, eerie, violent horror story with surprising twist.

Book Sara Faring Horror 2019
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This creepy, gothic spook-fest is best for mature fans of the genre. At first, author Sara Faring's debut novel seems a worthy successor to some of the great gothic horror novels of all time. But a weak, too-long middle and a twist that will jar some readers right out of everything she built over 400 pages of The Tenth Girl make it something else entirely. It's hard to define or put in a box what exactly that something else is, and speculating about it here would only spoil it. Be prepared to think about the nature of reality, existence, human relationships, and more from a completely unexpected, new angle.

Faring excels at creating mystery and eerie atmosphere around every corner, using everything from the weather to the architecture, and of course every character at her disposal. The middle does drag on for too long without advancing the story or heightening emotions. But keep going and the ending will blow your mind. You'll either love it or hate it. But it will definitely give you a lot to think about, whichever side you land on.

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