The Girl I Thought I Knew by Kelly Heard / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @heardkj1



Daisy grew up around secrets she knew by heart but were never spoken. She had no idea just how much damage secrets could do, but she would soon learn.

It’s a warm, cloudless morning on the day the envelope arrives for Daisy. Soft sunlight streams into the apartment she shares with her partner, Anderson, who is sleeping peacefully. Daisy’s fought hard for this happiness, worked her way up from being a vulnerable teenage runaway to a woman with a stable job and a loving boyfriend.

But when Daisy discovers the handwritten wedding invitation from her childhood best friend, Stella, her bright morning turns suddenly dark. The wedding is back amongst the misty woods and rolling hills of Daisy’s North Carolina hometown. The same town where she is still known as ‘the crazy one’ for telling people about the dead girl she saw that summer’s day in the woods. A girl who looked just like her, and whose body was never found. 

During that fateful summer, as rumors spread that Daisy was either insane or a liar, she sought refuge in her friendship with kind and beautiful Stella. Until the day she discovered Stella’s shocking betrayal and their sweet friendship grew bitter. Now, fifteen years later, can Daisy forgive Stella, the girl she once called ‘blood sister’? And why is Stella reaching out now, after all this time?

There’s only one thing Daisy is sure of—if she wants to build a happy future, she’s going to have to finally confront the mysteries of her dark past.




What do you do when you are convinced about something and nobody believes you? You were sure you could count on your best friend, someone you even called your bloodsister, but the hurt you felt when she let you down was terrible.

What do you do when you have one other person left, who told you time and time again he would be there for you wherever and whenever, but seems to have forgotten about his promise?

When everyone calls you a liar and nobody has your back, there is only one thing left to do … You run.

And now, years later, you still can’t let go of the past, because you know what you saw was real. Maybe it’s time to get to the bottom of it all.

The author alternates the past and the present in order to explain what Daisy went through and how she is trying to get to the truth. 

A moving story about a young girl who tried to persuade the whole town about her right, being ridiculed for it and the consequences it entailed. 4 stars.

Thank you, Kelly Heard and Bookouture


About the author

Originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, Kelly Heard now lives in Richmond with her husband, spoiled house cat, and two-year-old daughter. She writes poetry, adult fiction, and creative nonfiction. When she is not writing or reading, Kelly enjoys spending her time gardening, cooking, and playing the ukulele for her toddler.


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