My sweet girl

by Jayatissa, Amanda,

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Summary
" My Sweet Girl pushes the boundaries of what a thriller can do."-- The Washington Post

"Fiendish [and] full of twists.... Sri Lankan author Amanda Jayatissa keeps us guessing and worrying until the very end." -- The New York Times

"A thriller centered on the meaning of identity and all the layers it can have."--NPR

A Most Anticipated Novel of Fall 2021 by Entertainment Weekly , NPR, New York Post , The Boston Globe , Fortune, Buzzfeed, Goodreads, Shondaland, PopSugar, Bustle, Betches, Lit Hub, Crime Reads, BookRiot, Crime by the Book, The Nerd Daily, The Every Girl, and more!

Paloma thought her perfect life would begin once she was adopted and made it to America, but she's about to find out that no matter how far you run, your past always catches up to you...

Ever since she was adopted from a Sri Lankan orphanage, Paloma has had the best of everything--schools, money, and parents so perfect that she fears she'll never live up to them.

Now at thirty years old and recently cut off from her parents' funds, she decides to sublet the second bedroom of her overpriced San Francisco apartment to Arun, who recently moved from India. Paloma has to admit, it feels good helping someone find their way in America--that is until Arun discovers Paloma's darkest secret, one that could jeopardize her own fragile place in this country.

Before Paloma can pay Arun off, she finds him face down in a pool of blood. She flees the apartment but by the time the police arrive, there's no body--and no evidence that Arun ever even existed in the first place.

Paloma is terrified this is all somehow tangled up in the desperate actions she took to escape Sri Lanka so many years ago. Did Paloma's secret die with Arun or is she now in greater danger than ever before?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Shifting back and forth between present-day San Francisco and a private orphanage in Sri Lanka in 2002, Jayatissa's debut thriller takes every opportunity to lead readers astray. Paloma Evans was adopted at 12 by wealthy white parents. At 30, she's living in a grim apartment, calls herself a graphic designer, and actually makes money by selling her used underwear online. Her parents' financial support isn't an option anymore. Besides, they're traveling again as global philanthropists. When the bank won't give her any more money to pay off her blackmailing roommate, she returns home drunk--again--to find Arun dead and the monstrous ghost from childhood back. Yet by morning, the corpse has disappeared. Sri Lanka-born-and-domiciled (with a California education) Jayatissa goes back and forth to portray Paloma now and reveal her origin story. Readers might figure out who's who and what's what rather quickly, but the details of how and why will require reaching the final, six-months-later chapter. Meanwhile, Jayatissa has a heyday exposing white-savior syndrome, religious hypocrisy, and mental-health system failures, with plenty of schadenfreude voyeurism."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Sri Lankan author Jayatissa debuts with a dark, twisty psychological thriller. Thirty-year-old Paloma Evans was adopted at 12 from an orphanage in Sri Lanka by wealthy, loving American parents. Paloma's life should be perfect, but she's never felt she deserves her privileged life. After her parents go on an extended charity tour of Sri Lanka, Paloma drinks herself into blackouts, and perhaps hallucinations. Or are they? When she discovers her roommate murdered in her San Francisco apartment, she calls the police and passes out in the hallway. But the police find nothing. The body has disappeared without a trace. The building super allows Paloma to review the hallway surveillance tape, and the only person she sees is herself, taking cleaning supplies from the supply closet. Meanwhile, she's also started spotting Mohini, a mythic evil spirit who terrified her when she was a child in Sri Lanka. Paloma is either losing her grip on reality, or her secret past has caught up with her. Jaytissa expertly ratchets up the tension. Noir fans will find a lot to like. Agent: Melissa Danaczko, Stuart Krichevsky Literary. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Adoption -- Fiction.
Murder -- Fiction.
Secrecy -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Publisher New York :2021
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 376 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780593335086
0593335082
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