The American Girl by Kate Horsley
A Novel

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Throughout her novel’s shifts in narration and chronology, Horsley plays the reader as cleverly as she does the characters.
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From a bright new talent comes a riveting psychological thriller about an American exchange student in France involved in a suspicious accident, and the journalist determined to break the story and uncover the dark secrets a small town is hiding.

On a quiet summer morning, seventeen-year-old American exchange student Quinn Perkins stumbles out of the woods near the small French town of St. Roch. Barefoot, bloodied, and unable to say what has happened to her, Quinn’s appearance creates quite a stir, especially since the Blavettes—the French family with whom she’s been staying—have mysteriously disappeared. Now the media, and everyone in the idyllic village, are wondering if the American girl had anything to do with her host family’s disappearance.

Though she is cynical about the media circus that suddenly forms around the girl, Boston journalist Molly Swift cannot deny she is also drawn to the mystery and travels to St. Roch. She is prepared to do anything to learn the truth, including lying so she can get close to Quinn. But when a shocking discovery turns the town against Quinn and she is arrested for the murders of the Blavette family, she finds an unlikely ally in Molly.

As a trial by media ensues, Molly must unravel the disturbing secrets of the town’s past in an effort to clear Quinn’s name, but even she is forced to admit that the American Girl makes a very compelling murder suspect. Is Quinn truly innocent and as much a victim as the Blavettes—or is she a cunning, diabolical killer intent on getting away with murder…?

Told from the alternating perspectives of Molly, as she’s drawn inexorably closer to the truth, and Quinn’s blog entries tracing the events that led to her accident, The American Girl is a deliciously creepy, contemporary, twisting mystery leading to a shocking conclusion.

 

About Kate Horsley

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Kate Horsley’s A Killing in New Town (La Alameda, 1996) won the 1996 Best Western States Book Award for Fiction. She is also the author of Crazy Woman and Pagan Nun. She lives in Albuquerque, NM, and teaches writing at the Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute.
 
Published August 2, 2016 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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on May 18 2016

Throughout her novel’s shifts in narration and chronology, Horsley plays the reader as cleverly as she does the characters.

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