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A Psalm for Lost Girls
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A Psalm for Lost Girls


Tess da Costa is a saint — a hand-to-god, miracle-producing saint. At least that's what the people in her hometown of New Avon, Massachusetts, seem to believe. And when Tess suddenly and tragically passes away, her small city begins feverishly petitioning the Pope to make Tess's sainthood official. Tess's mother is ecstatic over the fervor, while her sister Callie, the one who knew Tess best, is disgusted - overcome with the feeling that her sister is being stolen from her all over again.

The fervor for Tess's sainthood only grows when Ana Langone, a local girl who's been missing for six months, is found alive at the foot of one of Tess's shrines. It's the final straw for Callie.

With the help of Tess's secret boyfriend Danny, Callie's determined to prove that Tess was something far more important than a saint; she was her sister, her best friend and a girl in love with a boy. But Callie's investigation uncovers much more than she bargained for: a hidden diary, old family secrets, and even the disturbing truth behind Ana's kidnapping.

Title:A Psalm for Lost Girls
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:363 pages
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    A Psalm for Lost Girls Reviews

  • Carlie Sorosiak
    Nov 09, 2016

    I'm really cautious when anyone says "the writing's like Jandy Nelson's," because what could ever live up to that? Um, this book. Absolutely this book. A Psalm for Lost Girls is at once literary and s...

  • Rosalyn Eves
    Jan 21, 2017

    Katie Bayerl's debut, A PSALM FOR LOST GIRLS, is incredibly lovely--a psalm to friendship and sisterhood and loss and the inexplicable things that make up our faith. I've always loved George Eliot's M...

  • Julie
    Mar 14, 2017

    I got to blurb this book, and here's what I wrote:A mystery, a thriller, and a prayer, gripping and anguished, told in the poignant weaving of voices from beyond and voices left behind. – Julie Berr...

  • Elise (The Bookish Actress)
    Dec 16, 2016

    2.5 stars. This is perhaps one of the most disappointing books I read in 2017. Psalm For Lost Girls starts out as a decent suspense novel with an especially nice writing style, but it falls apart quic...

  • Bonnie Pipkin
    Dec 06, 2016

    This book is thick with gorgeous writing, nuanced characters, and heart-stopping tension. Katie Bayerl writes with precision. The story unfolds gracefully. I wanted to read this slowly to soak up the ...

  • Sonia
    Dec 14, 2016

    I have to admit that this book is aspirational for me. As someone who is currently writing a YA mystery/thriller, I know how difficult it is balance the building of suspense and construction of plot w...

  • Meg Eden
    Nov 30, 2016

    WOW this book blew me away on so many levels! The narrative is tight, the characters are real--I'm not someone who binges on books, but I couldn't put this down! "A Psalm for Lost Girls" combines so m...

  • Stacee
    Mar 12, 2017

    I loved the premise of this book, so I was pretty eager for it. I liked Callie well enough. She's abrasive and maybe a bit mean and it all makes sense as to why. Danny was sweet and maybe a bit naive....

  • Joanne O'Sullivan
    Jan 07, 2017

    This layered mystery expertly weaves together so many elements: family history and resentments, sisterly love and jealousy, community values and social mores, faith and an unsolved crime. At the heart...

  • Cynthia
    Apr 09, 2017

    SO GOOD!!! I loved this book so much. Callie is such an amazing character--you can tell she's so troubled by the loss of her beloved sister and you go through every feeling with her. She's very believ...