• The Girl Who Survived

  • By: Lisa Jackson
  • Narrated by: Siiri Scott
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (110 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this deviously volatile, deliciously creepy standalone suspense novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson, the sole survivor of a brutal family massacre must uncover the shocking truth about the fateful night that left her forever marked…

Has she already had her final chance to be the final girl?

All her life, she’s been the girl who survived. Orphaned at age seven after a horrific killing spree at her family’s Oregon cabin, Kara McIntyre is still searching for some kind of normal. But now, twenty years later, the past has come thundering back. Her brother, Jonas, who was convicted of the murders, has unexpectedly been released from prison. The press is in a frenzy again. And suddenly, Kara is receiving cryptic messages from her big sister, Marlie—who hasn’t been seen or heard from since that deadly Christmas Eve when she hid little Kara in a closet with a haunting, life-saving command: Don’t make a sound.

As people close to her start to die horrible deaths, Kara, who is slowly and surely unraveling, believes she is the killer’s ultimate target. 

Kara survived once. But will she survive again? How many times can she be the girl who survived?

©2022 Lisa Jackson, LLC. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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I don't exactly know what to say!!

I love Lisa Jackson but this book wasn't the best of the best. It was good with the exception of overusing adjectives and adverbs. I am not a writer but as a reader/listener there is times when over use of description can be frustrating and this was one of those times. I still recommend the book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery but be prepared for the frustration. The main character was beyond annoying at times but that's the way the story goes. I wasn't shocked by the ending but the story line held my interest.

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  • 08-08-22

Great novel

Lisa Jackson hit a home run with this one! You’re unsure of “who did it” until near the end.

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Good story but subpar writing

I have read many Lisa Jackson novels over the years and always enjoyed them. Her story lines are great but the writing in this one had me struggling. There are constant repetitions of details and descriptions that make it seem like she was just trying to add length. Lisa, I love you, but, girl, get yourself a better editor!

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Don’t waste a credit

Coming from a HUGE lisa Jackson fan, and someone who has read all of her books, skip this one. Don’t bother using a credit. It’s like a story for pre teens but too gory for younger people. This book was just one I had to make myself get through bc i am stubborn and was not going to waste a credit. I finished it fast just to get it done and figure out what 14 hours of one freaking plot with no twists could even pan out to be in the end. I was trying to get through it kind of hoping it would take a turn at hour 3, 4, 9, etc and hoping the characters would magically blossom into the typical characters she creates and makes you LOVE. But not this one. wow, what a huge disappointment. It’s not her best work by far, the only thing i recognized is a couple phrases Lisa always writes into her novels. Other than that, the entire book doesn’t even feel like her. The character development is dreadful and the main character is not a heroine, at all. There is no heroine or hero, one plot that just keeps going and going and going and going while the characters get more desperate and have the worst conversations (like imagine life time movie and a soap opera combined but using the WORST actors and actresses- that bad), and there are no twists that are worthy to write about. I can’t believe Lisa Jackson wrote this!

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Good Story Ruined by Reader

Aweful. Kept going it would get better. not one character is likable. Scott voice is good but she needs to work on her cadence. The entire book was read like a question.

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not my favorite, annoying characters

The main character is childish and annoying. I spent most of the book fussing at her antics.

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Long boring and repetitive

Nothing wrong one with the narration. lord his was a dull and repetitive story. don’t waste your time.

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very slow to get into, not normal for Lisa

normally I love Lisa's books, but I had a very hard time staying involved in this one. it was very slow in the beginning, but honestly stayed that way until the very end. also wasn't crazy about the narrator's voice but could have overlooked that if the book could have been more captivating. I was very surprised as normally get books keto new in the edge of my seat so I won't be giving up on her by any means. hopefully the next one I pick will be more like her.

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Interesting enough storyline & likeable characters

I've read many of the author's books. Either I'm growing out of her or her writing is not growing, I think the latter. Perhaps she's rushing them to meet deadlines but this, like "Distrust", is not her best work. She seems to be stuck in a cycle where she repeats information over and over. The book would be a quarter shorter, at least, if you didn't have to hear the summary of the murders about a hundred times. Or the main character berating herself over and over. None of it lead to story or character development. The general storyline was interesting. Not predictable. Although when the major piece of the puzzle is revealed you are left asking yourself why he didn't he just say the name? So sort of lightweight with a major game changing part of the story.

The performance was ok. The reader's voice was grating at times. Her "7 year old" voice in the adult character's head was very annoying.


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Great read!

Great book! Kept me going throughout the book. Love the twist it was a surprise.