Reviewed by Meredith Kelly
In this age of new technology, it is amazing to me how much available information, via the Internet, can be applied to murder cases. The American Girl taught me a lot about video diaries, podcasts, and iTunes. However, being at the age where I don’t use these resources that often, I wondered if this book might be more relevant, and therefore more interesting, to the Millennials, and the under-4os readers.
The American Girl begins in the summer of 2015. Quinn Perkins is a seventeen-year-old “study abroad” student from Boston living with a Parisian family in southern France. Her host family,the Blavettes, include the mother, a former headmaster of the local school; her son, a little older than Quinn; and her daughter, who is roughly Quinn’s age.
In the early morning of July 28th Quinn, who is bloodied and barefoot, runs out of the nearby woods and attempts to flag down a passing car. Instead of stopping, the car runs her down and leaves her for dead. Witnesses rush Quinn to a nearby hospital where she falls into a coma. By late morning, video of the incident goes viral on YouTube and Facebook with the hash tag #HelptheAmericanGirl.
Journalists rush to the small town to learn about this “American Girl.” Among the paparazzi is an American woman named Meredith (Molly) Swift who works for American Confessional, a weekly podcast on iTunes. Because Molly is a young, blond American, others assume that she’s a relative of Quinn’s and call her “Aunt Molly.”
Quinn eventually awakens with no memory and no idea of her identity. At the same time, the police find out that the Blavettes are missing. Suspicion ultimately settles on Quinn, and Molly sets out to clear her name.
The American Girl was a pleasant read and I particularly enjoyed the secrets and mystery involving the Blavette family. However, I admit I prefer the “old-fashioned” way when crimes were solved with hard work and sore feet, instead of all this new-age gadgetry.
Meredith has been an avid reader since childhood and loves to talk about books. A bit of a Luddite, she has only recently become acquainted with E-Reading and online book reviews. She finds exposure to such a wide audience of opinion on books fascinating.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow Paperbacks. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.