Book Review: The Elephant Girl by Henrietta Gyland


When five-year-old Helen Stephens witnesses her mother’s murder, her whole world comes crumbling down. Rejected by her extended family, Helen is handed over to child services and learns to trust no-one but herself. Twenty years later, her mother’s killer is let out of jail, and Helen swears vengeance.

Peek-a-boo I see you…

Jason Moody runs a halfway house, desperate to distance himself from his father’s gangster dealings. But when Helen shows up on his doorstep, he decides to dig into her past, and risks upsetting some very dangerous people.

As Helen begins to question what really happened to her mother, Jason is determined to protect her. But Helen is getting too close to someone who’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth hidden…


The Elephant Girl is a blend of thriller and romance. To be honest, I want so sure of this mix at the start. At times, it jumped from genre to genre and it was difficult for my brain to comprehend what kind of book I was reading. A few chapters in and it started to make sense to me and by the end, I found that the author created this mixed blend pretty well.

I enjoyed the overall plot. I found it to be interesting and it was something different for me to delve into the world of antique dealerships. Helen’s story was also really interesting and I enjoyed the chapters which she led. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a big fan of Jason, who was the other main character. His actions were quite contradictory and I couldn’t quite place him as a person. Because of this, I also couldn’t get on board with Jason and Helen as love interests. It felt too unrealistic.

While there were somethings I felt could have been tighter in The Elephant Girl (genre, characters), it was a decent read overall. You can get a copy of the book here.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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