Author: Sandra Block


Paperback: 368 pages

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Publication date: Sept. 8 2015

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1455583774

ISBN-13: 978-1455583775

Genre: Psychological Suspense

Received for an honest review from publisher

Description (from

In what passes for an ordinary day in a psych ward, Dr. Zoe Goldman is stumped when a highly unusual case arrives. A young African American girl, found wandering the streets of Buffalo in a catatonic state, is brought in by police. No one has come forward to claim her, and all leads have been exhausted, so Zoe’s treatment is the last hope to discover the girl’s identity.

When drugs prove ineffective and medical science seems to be failing, Zoe takes matters into her own hands to track down Jane Doe’s family and piece together their checkered history. As she unearths their secrets, she finds that monsters hide where they are least expected. And now she must solve the mystery before it is too late. Because someone wants to make sure this young girl never remembers.

The Girl Without a Name is a powerful novel of memory and forgetting, of unexpected friendship and understanding…and of the secrets we protect no matter the consequences.

My Thoughts

THE GIRL WITHOUT A NAME is a great psychological suspense. This is the first novel by Sandra Block that I have read and am very impressed with the writing. Although this seems to be a continuation from LITTLE BLACK LIES it does well as a stand alone novel. Zoe is a resident who is on probation and Jane Doe has been assigned to her. Zoe is struggling to find out what has caused the catatonia in her patient and eventually needs to find Jane Doe’s family.

The first chapter had me hooked and I did like Zoe as a character. I think I benefited from the fact that I didn’t read LITTLE BLACK LIES so both characters were new to me. There seems to be a few unexpected twists which kept me intrigue  and I couldn’t figure things out quickly which in my opinion, makes for a great suspense novel. Readers will definitely be surprised at the end.  Given that Ms. Block is a neurologist herself, the medical information written about in the book is accurate. Overall, for readers of psychological suspense/thrillers, this should be on your reading lists.

Reviewed by: KellyR

Rating: 4

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