The Girl in the Wall has a lot of tension—between Ariel and Sera, Sera and her classmates, the gunmen and the hostages, and the romantic entanglements that Ariel and Sera experience with two unlikely guys. The book is short and packed with action and many characters, but Benedis-Grab does a good job at balancing the narrative between Sera and Ariel's perspectives, juggling multiple characters, weaving the past few months' experiences in with the present drama, and keeping the story moving. It's clear from the beginning who the target is, but the mystery is in who exactly is orchestrating the affair and how it ties in with Ariel's past. The true crutch of the book, however, is how Ariel and Sera work together through the crisis and somehow manage to repair their friendship through the tragedy. Although the ending seems a little abrupt, The Girl in the Wall is a fast-paced thriller with high stakes, courageous characters, and a touch of romance that readers will race through.
Cover Comments: I like the colors in the cover! I think it captures the fear and the tension of the story quite well.
ARC provided by author.