Thriller ‘Girl One’ Combines Bizarre Genetics, Special Powers, and a Cult in One Heck of a Ride


Josephine Morrow has been known as Girl One since her birth as part of an experimental commune where babies were conceived without male DNA in the name of science. Now decades later, Josephine and her mother aren’t super close and Josephine has no contact with the other 8 “sisters” she had on The Homestead.  When her mother Margaret Morrow goes missing, Josie finds herself on a road trip to try and find out what happened to her mother, as well as running into the estranged sisters. With clues left behind by her mother, as well as a local reporter who is interested in writing about the story, the girls soon find themselves teaming up to find out what really happened during the fire that destroyed the Homestead. The girls also begin to discover that certain skills they thought were flukes just might be special powers that grow stronger in each other’s presence.

I want to find Sara Flannery Murphy and shake her hand because this is one of the best books I’ve read so far this year, and I read like 12 books a month, friends. In this thriller, just when you think you’ve started to put the pieces together, something else comes into play.  There are more twists and turns in this book than a mountain road. The characters are fascinating, each with very distinct personalities that make it easy to picture them in a miniseries in your mind. The book is definitely LGBT friendly. Girl One was hard to put down once I got into the meat of the story, meaning I spent a few very long nights reading this page turner.  It has elements of Naomi Alderman’s The Power, as well as that startling feeling you get reading Mike Carey’s The Girl With All the Gifts.

Girl One is available June 1st 2021 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.


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