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A haunted Argentinian mansion.

A family curse.

A twist you'll never see coming.

Welcome to Vaccaro School.

Simmering in Patagonian myth, The Tenth Girl is a gothic psychological thriller with a haunting twist.

At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.

Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored... and one of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi’s existence.

An Imprint Book

"Faring's exquisite prose weaves a tale that is both seductively eerie and wildly original. I've never read anything like it." —April Genevieve Tucholke, author of The Boneless Mercies

"A hauntingly good read, full of terror and mystery." —Hypable

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250236715
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 968,363
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

About the Author

Born in Los Angeles, Sara Faring is a multilingual Argentine-American fascinated by literary puzzles. After working in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, she worked at Penguin Random House. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in International Studies and from the Wharton School in Business. She currently resides in New York City.

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The Tenth Girl 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Ms-Hurst 6 months ago
A promising beginning. An old school is struck with a mysterious illness and then is closed. Many years later it is reopened with all new girls and teachers descendent from some of the original occupants. But then it got weird. Not really the good weird I like. Just weird. A lot of characters. A lot of background. It just never clicked for me and I never really became invested in the story. And then it all just...did what it did. I will say that at least the twist in this one wasn't one I saw coming a mile away. Every book seems to need a twist now. Maybe we've reached the tipping point on twists with this one. I thought, from the description, that I would love this one. It just never lived up to what I'd hoped it would be.
Verkruissen 11 months ago
This was truly one of the most original stories I've ever read. The story takes place in a remote South American village in a school for girls that has been closed for sixty years after tragedy struck. It's been re-opened to teach daughters of wealthy families from around the world. The protagonist, Mavi, a young girl fleeing the political uprising in Buenos Aires that took her mother and has left her to fend for herself. She gets a job teaching at this school and she figures it's the perfect refuge to escape her past before it catches up with her. But things aren't all they seem to be. The eclectic faculty, the foreboding director of the school and dire warnings to stay in her room at night all make this story intriguing, terrifying and spellbinding. I don't know that this story would be great for younger readers as there are very dark topics such as rape, pedophilia, and molestation. The ending, no spoilers here, totally threw me for a loop. I didn't see that coming at all. It kind of makes me want to re-read the book knowing how it ends.
Anonymous 12 months ago
This book was so different than what I expected it to be after reading the description. Usually, that's disappointing but in the case of The Tenth Girl, it was a very pleasant surprise! This book starts out as a paranormal thriller and somehow, seamlessly, ends up with a bit of science fiction. When I got to the last 100 pages, I couldn't put it down, needing to know what was going to happen more than I needed to do anything else!!
Bookyogi 12 months ago
This was a perfect book to read for Halloween month. Mavi and Angel are interesting and complex and I did not see that plot twist coming! Just a note on the YA rating. There is a lot of pretty intense violence and cruelty and profanity that needs to be considered when offering this book as YA. The writing also suggests an older reader as well. Perhaps New Adult would be better.
BookishBecca More than 1 year ago
This book was not what I expected, in both positive and not so positive ways. On the one hand, the setting and the plot were very different and original. Faring does a good job putting the reader right in the middle of the action with the characters. I really liked the MC, Mavi, a lot. It is suspenseful in every sense of the word. Now for the not so positive: this book should not be considered YA. There need to be some trigger warnings for the amount of times sexual abuse of minors is both referenced and described in some cases. Between that and the amount of profanity, I would not be comfortable letting my teenager read it if I had a teenaged child. It really should be considered "New Adult." I got lost in the plot some times and found much of it confusing. The big twists of the story were good, but it felt very sudden and confusing at times. Overall, I liked it but don't think it should be marketed to teenagers, which is the only thing I've seen it marketed as.
ruthanne13 More than 1 year ago
This book was a TRIP. The claim that there's a twist you won't see coming? Yeah, that's true -- and I was actively guessing at what it could be! Mavi is such a great character, you will be rooting for her the whole time. The writing is amazing and has me looking into booking a trip to Patagonia. Definitely add this one to your TBR list!
Friend-of-Dom More than 1 year ago
The Tenth Girl caught me by surprise. Mavi and later, Angel, rose to the occasion by dealing with all the strange happenings at the Vaccaro School. I fully expected these two to overcome and prevail against the unexplained evil antics of Madame De Vaccaro and her accomplice, the strange and dark Ms. Morency. Just when it all began to make sense, the story takes a 180 degree twist, leaving me both fully satisfied and, yet, wanting more. When can we expect the sequel?
LV2lire More than 1 year ago
I just finished this immensely satisfying read. A young woman's escape from the Argentinian capital to the desolate Patagonian landscape. As the plot develops one sees that not everything is as it should be, as imagined or as expected. Kept turning the pages of this well structured, beautifully written story to arrive at a most unexpected ending. Many hints, surprises and twists will keep the reader immersed in this thriller. I see a movie and would like to start casting it!
bayy245 More than 1 year ago
I am so disappointed in this book. I wanted a ghost-filled horror novel and instead, I got a badly paced, confusing mess. The first 25% spanned only 2 days and it felt like nothing happened at all. I hated the dual perspectives and it made no sense, even with the twist. All of these characters were surface level and dull. I didn't know their personalities or who they were. There were a ton of characters too and I think that hindered getting to know the characters at all. *Spoilers* I think setting an RPG/VR game during this is insensitive. I get that the big question of this novel is why someone would want to play a game that had so much violence against women and girls, but I don't think this setting was appropriate for this question. I was happy that the latinx representation was own voices but I thought the twist was disrespectful to the horrible atrocities happening during the time period. It's set during Peron's dictatorship in Argentina. He murdered anyone who disagreed with him and stole children from dissenters, giving them to supporters. Still, to this day, many who were children during this period are finding that they were stolen from other families and their whole lives were lies. It's one of the biggest atrocities to happen and they're still finding bodies to this day. I think that this story and plot could've been dropped in anywhere during time and space and the big question still could've been asked. I don't think this was the right background for it. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Imprint through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*