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19 May 2021

Book Review: The Girls I've Been by Tess Sharpe *AD gifted

Hachette sent me a free electronic review copy of The Girls I've Been by Tess Sharpe via NetGalley.

I went in to this book completely ignorant. I hadn't read the description, I hadn't read reviews, I hadn't seen much buzz. Boy, was I in for a surprise!

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Soon to be a Netflix film starring Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown - this must-read psychological thriller, perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying, will leave you guessing until the final page.

As an ex con artist, Nora has always got herself out of tricky situations. But the ultimate test lies in wait when she's taken hostage in a bank heist. And this time, Nora doesn't have an escape plan...

Meet Nora. Also known as Rebecca, Samantha, Haley, Katie and Ashley - the girls she's been.

Nora didn't choose a life of deception - she was born into it. As the daughter of a con artist who targeted criminal men, Nora always had to play a part. But when her mother fell for one of the men instead of conning him, Nora pulled the ultimate con herself: escape.

For five years Nora's been playing at normal - but things are far from it when she finds herself held at gunpoint in the middle of a bank heist, along with Wes (her ex-boyfriend) and Iris (her secret new girlfriend and mutual friend of Wes... awkward). Now it will take all of Nora's con artistry skills to get them out alive.

Because the gunmen have no idea who she really is - that girl has been in hiding for far too long...

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Source: NetGalley, Review Copy

5 Word Review: Danger, family, heist, friendship, love.

I went in knowing nothing, and I was blown away by The Girls I've Been by Tess Sharpe. It was incredible and had me gripped. For the first time in a long time I read a book in a single sitting, I really could not put it down.

I loved the way the timeline in this book jumped about - it added to the tension and kept the pace fast. I really enjoyed the writing style, I thought it was very clever in how the past was revealed and how that in itself upped the tension further.

I could very easily picture this as a TV drama. Like an ITV crime drama spread over three nights, you know the kind.

I loved the bi rep, the messy relationships - there were so many messy relationships. Even Nora's relationship with herself is complicated, and I enjoyed seeing her layers peeled away and her past revealed. She is one tough cookie and has been through a lot. And she's a bit messed up because of it, understandably. Iris and Nora's relationship in this fraught situation was incredible - the passion and care really came through.

Speaking of Nora - I love her. I loved how fierce she was, I love her style, and how she has to Get Shit Done even when she's almost immobilised with her period. I loved her flippant references towards her menstrual cup (woo for cups in books) and how she even used it against the villains. And when her secret was revealed I wanted to cry for her.

The Girls I've Been by Tess Sharpe is excellent. It's thrilling 


  1. Oooh I love the sound of this book! I think I'll have to pick up a copy before the Netflix movie comes out which sounds like it's going to be fabbb!

  2. I'd been on the fence about this book but your review has sold it to me. It sounds amazing! :)

    Thanks for sharing your review.

  3. This book sounds really interesting, I'll defo be adding it to my reading list and looking out for it on Netflix!

  4. This sounds like an interesting read! Nora sounds like a great character and honestly convinced me even more at the end! Will be adding this to my reading list x

  5. Oo this sounds like a really great book and definitely something that I want to read! I’m adding a few books onto my read list and this book will also be going on the list! X

  6. I like how this sounds! Reading your review only has me more interested in picking it up as soon as I can!

  7. I loved this book and flew through it so quickly. I cannot wait to see it adapted! Great review!

    Lois |


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