It has been way too long since I read a good book and The Girl Without a Name reinvigorated my love of reading! I read it cover to cover in a day; thank you for the day off Labor Day!
This one had my hooked from page one; clearly since I never put it down! I always know the first couple pages and usually even by the first page if I will like or hate a book. This one got the love nod immediately.
I have always been interested in Psychiatry so the main character Dr. Zoe Goldman immediately had my attention. The fact that she worked in a psych ward set the tone for me. It seems like such an interesting place to work and the colorful cast of patients confirmed that assumption! There is one patient that stands out and that is our girl without a name and so dubbed Jane Doe.
Jane Doe seems to have come from nowhere and in her catatonic state, she isn’t going to be helping to solve her mystery anytime soon. Zoe doubles as an investigator of sorts as she picks up on and follows clues that might lead to her identification. The story has many twists and turns as she unravels the clues, only to lead to more mysteries.
I have to admit, I didn’t see the end coming and I LOVE that about this book! I only wish I wasn’t so greedy and hadn’t gone through The Girl Without a Name so quickly because now I’m left wanting more!
About the Book
In what passes for an ordinary day in a psych ward, Dr. Zoe Goldman is stumped when a highly unusual case arrives. A young African American girl, found wandering the streets of Buffalo in a catatonic state, is brought in by police. No one has come forward to claim her, and all leads have been exhausted, so Zoe’s treatment is the last hope to discover the girl’s identity.
When drugs prove ineffective and medical science seems to be failing, Zoe takes matters into her own hands to track down Jane Doe’s family and piece together their checkered history. As she unearths their secrets, she finds that monsters hide where they are least expected. And now she must solve the mystery before it is too late. Because someone wants to make sure this young girl never remembers.
The Girl Without a Name is a powerful novel of memory and forgetting, of unexpected friendship and understanding…and of the secrets we protect no matter the consequences.
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