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Publisher's Summary

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.

Wendy Walker recently curated a “Chapter and Verse” playlist for Pandora. Visit it here.

©2021 Wendy Walker (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

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  • Beach Time
  • 18-12-21

Great book!

It kept my interest! Thought the characters were well developed!
I have a short attention span so i give it a great rating!

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  • TM
  • 19-12-21

Amazing Story And Narration

I love Wendy Walker’s writing and really enjoyed this book. The story was so well done and so original. The audio production was outstanding. I’m definitely going to listen again!

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  • Martin Lewis
  • 19-12-21

kind of uneven, but solid ending

The story had some very long and boring sections, but the Author sticks the landing. The main narrator is fabulous and is able to easily slide into the sections of the book that utilizes other voice actors to tell the story. Really nice production and some good twists and call backs at the end.

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  • PattiRae
  • 20-12-21

This book picks up speed. Hang on.

I can't even begin to express just how great this audio book is. At the beginning I was thinking that Charlie would make me crazy with her analyzing every single thing in her life. Trust me. Stay on this crazy ride with her. The story picks up speed and hurtles to an ending that will blow you away. I'm not a fan of multiple readers but this ensemble is terrific.

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  • Aqua Yoga Enthusiast
  • 20-12-21

Remarkable Depth of Character

The author dives deeper into the mind of the main character than most can successfully go, allowing the reader to process her history and present events as she does. Walker also doesn’t overplay Charlie’s autistic qualities to the point of becoming a trope—they are very natural and showcase her duality of being so advanced in some areas and so innocent in others. The story is also multi-faceted and kept my interest all the way through. Plus, the cast and music were both excellent. A great listen—hard to press pause to get some sleep!

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  • connie
  • 20-12-21

loved it

the best free audible Plus story in a long long time this was so enjoyable that I almost cried because it was over it was easy to follow great listen to Twist at the end was not. predicted

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  • Nancy C.
  • 29-12-21

If you enjoy After School Specials this is for you

I'm surprised I bothered to listen to the whole thing; however, based on reviews for this author I was hoping it was going to get better. The writing is designed for Young Adults at best. I do not recommend this and had I purchased it, I would have requested a refund.

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  • Summer Jeffries
  • 20-12-21

very good

This book was very enjoyable. It was an out of genre pic for me, I found it very enticing. From the struggle of young autistic girl, to the secrets of her mother, I was tossed back and forth with emotion as I navigated their stories.

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  • Kadapa
  • 20-12-21

tomato lettuce sandwidge

Ok story beginning was a bit weird but as the story went along I could figure out what it was about.

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  • Jeanne J.
  • 20-12-21

So enjoyable!

Spent the whole book trying to guess who did it. Never suspected that ending!! Great

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  • shine
  • 24-12-21

Held my attention.looked forwardto listening toit

Very well written.A,good story .I shall look out for this author, quite original.Enough suspense to keep you hooked

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  • Win Whiting
  • 23-12-21

Superb

Oh I so liked her. I loved her confusing mind. Really enjoyed the narration. I will definitely look out for others by this author and narrator.

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  • sarah
  • 29-12-21

Great book, gripping all the way through

Really enjoyed this book, really good story and performance. Would recommend to any one

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  • jonathan newton
  • 24-12-21

Wonderful storytelling

Outstanding and original story, with a brilliant performance.
Teenager growing up in a sh***y American town, solving a murder case

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  • Moira
  • 22-01-22

truly delightful story, with a good twist!

I was genuinely surprised by this book. It's nostalgia in the present, a clever mystery, and truly believable characters. Will be.looking for other stories by this author.

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  • Sue Huggins
  • 21-01-22

American girl

Really struggled to complete this book. In fact I skipped the last two chapters.

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  • Wilson
  • 19-01-22

Beautiful, heartbreaking and hopeful

Normally I wonder about the trustworthiness of a gushing review. I try not to write them for that reason. However this story, told so beautifully by Paige Layle, deserves nothing less.

The author writes with insight and compassion, whilst at the same time creating a complicated thriller and social commentary.

The main character Charlie is someone I would be honoured to know and I even feel a sense of loss that I won't get to hear from her again. So powerful is the writing and the narration that I forgot this is fiction. I lived every moment with Charlie and fell in love with her as a person.

The stunningly insightful writing about the nature of "humanity", of people and the way we behave was both intellectually and emotionally stimulating. This is a story and narration I will never forget, and will never discard from my bookshelf.

Thank you Wendy Walker and Paige Layle.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-22

Thoroughly Enjoyable

That was the first proper Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense audiobook that I’ve listened to and I was very engaged in the story. I kept wondering who did it and the primary suspects I wanted to be innocent.

It was greatly written and I like that it changed from just a reading to a full-on performance. One thing I would say is that I kept forgetting that the main character was meant to be autistic until she kept talking about her seesaw. Other than that I was hooked; though I would’ve liked if she got the boy, yet I think that it was better that way.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-01-22

Murder mystery plus!

Really good book muder mystery yes, but so much more, I will look for more from this author

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  • Mel Philpott
  • 06-01-22

Really enjoyed it.

Well plotted story of a small town intrigue and corruption therein. Narrator steady and minimal vocal-fry! I usually read English detectives, Vera, Rebus etc. There's grit and character in the main protagonists, and written to easily form mental pictures of people, places, and situations.