review: ballad for a mad girl

“My heart is a room with an unwelcome visitor.” 

When I started “Ballad for a Mad Girl”, I wasn’t quite sure what I was in for. I found it while shuffling through NetGalley and decided why not! It’s not like I had many other unread books lingering on my kindle–what’s one more?

“Ballad for a Mad Girl” tells many stories at once, but all are focused through the lens of Grace Foley, the prankster and risk-taker of her group. Throughout the story, Grace struggles to come to terms with the death of her mother, her newly-changing group of high school friends, and a cold case from twenty three years prior. What’s a high school girl to do except solve two murders and a disappearance, all while failing year twelve?

Overall, I found this book to be a solidly entertaining read, as evidenced by the fact that I read it while I really should not have been reading anything at all. I enjoyed our narrator and the multi-layered time frames, but found that sometimes, the intermingling story lines were just a little too pat for my taste. I’m all for consequences echoing down the decades and generations, but sometimes, everything seems just a little to closely woven together to be truly believable. However, this is a book that prominently features ghosts as a major plot point, so there.

Ballad for a Mad Girl, written by Vikki Wakefield, will be published on 30 November 2017 by Text Publishing. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy! 


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