The Girl in Times Square

The Girl in Times Square

Book - 2017
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When her roommate and best friend disappears without a trace, New York college student Lily finds herself drawn to the detective investigating the case, until she finds answers that challenge everything she knows about herself.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
ISBN: 9780062444356
Branch Call Number: SIMONS P
Characteristics: 600 pages ; 21 cm


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Sep 15, 2018

Ugh, this book was such a slog!

I made it to chapter 50, over half way through. I just kept waiting for it to pick up and it never did.

The main characters weren't likable and didn't seem to have any personality and I could hardly stand her incredibly depressing mother.

Overall I thought it was a very one dimensional book that seriously lacked character development and interest.

However, to be fair I listened to it on cd, which might've changed the way I perceived it because the narrator can change a book.

Jan 18, 2018

Lily is just trying to finish school in New York City, but then her roommate disappears. The missing persons detective assigned to the case seems to think Lily's brother, of all people, is involved. Her mother then slides into an alcoholic stupor, and she herself is delivered an ominous medical diagnosis.

'The Bronze Horseman' is one of my favorite novels, so I was at once eager to read another work by Paullina Simons and anxious that it wouldn't live up to my expectations after that monumental experience. All in all, I was not disappointed. I loved Lily, her quirks, her struggles, her demons and especially her victories. Naturally, I was rooting for her and Spencer, who is also damaged, but also had perpetual misgivings about whether their relationship was even possible. This is an irresistible book of strength, pain, promise, family secrets, hope and tragedy. Having said that, the conclusion seemed hastily thrown together, which was dissatisfying. The book ends with the most significant obstacle in Lily and Spencer's relationship puzzlingly unaddressed.

I received this ARC via LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.


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