American Girl by Wendy Walker

"Mystery" Genre card with dark woods and light in the distance
Person in dark woods titled "Suspense"

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was an absolutely fantastic audio thriller! If you enjoy audio that really brings you into the story, you need to check this one out!

The story is told through Charlie’s viewpoint. At 17, she has plans to head out of her small town and off to college on a scholarship. Charlie works in a local sandwich shop, and when the owner is murdered, Charlie seems to know more than she’s willing to share with the police.

Charlie is autistic, so there are some things that others do that she doesn’t quite connect with, and I really enjoyed her thoughts on people’s facial expressions and body language as she tells the story. As she relives what happened and works through the mystery, we get the chance to learn so many secrets. The story had fantastic twists and turns that really kept me guessing. There were a few twists that I thought I might have figured out, but it was really fun to watch them play out.

I want to talk about the audio a bit. I listen to a ton of audio, but this is the first one that felt like a movie at times. It was such an interesting way to bring the book to life. Not all scenes, but quite a few were played with different actors for each character and outside sounds were introduced. When they were by a roadside, there’s some car noise in the background, all those little additional details made the story feel like an immersive experience.

I would highly recommend this audio book for any readers that enjoy a murder mystery!

Where to Find This Book:

Amazon ~ Goodreads

A pulse-pounding novel about a small-town business owner found dead and the teenage girl caught in the crosshairs, American Girl is the latest thriller from international best-selling author Wendy Walker.

Charlie Hudson, an autistic 17-year-old, is determined to leave Sawyer, PA as soon as she graduates high school — in the meantime, she works as many hours as she can at a sandwich shop called The Triple S to save money for college. But when shop owner Clay Cooper — a man who is both respected and feared by many in this economically depressed community — is found dead, each member of his staff becomes a suspect in the perplexing case. Charlie must work to protect herself and her friends, and uncover the danger that may still be at large in their tightknit community.

Best-selling author Wendy Walker returns with another riveting thriller, told through the eyes of an unforgettable protagonist.

Please note: This audio contains strong language, distressing situations, and descriptions of violence that some listeners may find upsetting. Discretion is advised.

Just the Facts:

American Girl by Wendy Walker
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Audible Audio
Pub Date: December 16, 2021

Wendy Walker is the bestselling author of All is Not Forgotten, Emma In the Night, The Night Before, Don’t Look for Me, and the Audible Originals Hold Your Breath and American Girl, with rights sold in twenty-three foreign languages as well as options in film and television.

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