Mister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson
Published by Sourcebooks Landmark on February 13, 2018 (expected)
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller
Format & Pages: e-book, 400
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How far are you willing to go for Mister Tender?
At fourteen, Alice Hill was viciously attacked by two of her classmates and left to die. The teens claim she was a sacrifice for a man called Mister Tender, but that could never be true: Mister Tender doesn’t exist. His sinister character is pop-culture fiction, created by Alice’s own father in a series of popular graphic novels.
Over a decade later, Alice has changed her name and is trying to heal. But someone is watching her. They know more about Alice than any stranger could: her scars, her fears, and the secrets she keeps locked away. She can try to escape her past, but Mister Tender is never far behind. He will come with a smile that seduces, and a dark whisper in her ear…
Inspired by a true story, this gripping thriller plunges you into a world of haunting memories and unseen threats, leaving you guessing until the harrowing end.
Mister Tender’s Girl hooked me from page one and wouldn’t let me put it down. Even when I had to, because being a responsible adult includes work and other such nonsense, I simply could not stop thinking about it.
Carter Wilson is apparently a USA Today bestselling author, but I had never heard of him or his books before seeing the eyes on this cover peering out to me and I just had to check it out! And what was inside these pages utterly matched the dark, eerie vibe on the cover. Inspired by the true story of two young girls who stabbed a friend 19 times in honor of a fictional character, Slender Man, this has exquisite writing, impeccable plotting, and perfect pacing. Wilson keeps you on your toes and always wanting to know more. And I drank it up.
Unfortunately, the last 10% or so of this novel brought my feelings down from the high I was previously on. I found it to be underwhelming and out of character with the rest of the book. If the ending had been tweaked to be just slightly different (in any of several directions), this would have been a full 5 for me.
That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed Mister Tender’s Girl, despite the plethora of disturbed characters and twisted plot points. Currently being optioned as a television series, this is one I would certainly consider watching. I may not have read any of Wilson’s work before, but I am definitely interested in seeing what else he has to offer!
*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.