The Eighth Girl

Morrow. Mar. 2020. 480p. ISBN 9780062931122. $28.99. SUSPENSE
DEBUT In this stunning and disturbing first novel, psychotherapist Chung hurls readers into the mind of a young woman suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder—multiple personalities. Alexa Wú is Nest Builder to the Flock, what she calls her alternate personalities. The Flock took residence when she was nine, when her father visited her in bed at night, after her mother died by suicide. Alexa used to have control over the Body, but now members of the Flock “step into the light” at will, trying to protect Alexa and the Body from the danger at the Electra nightclub and the human traffickers who run it. Psychiatrist Daniel Rosenstein realizes he’s ill equipped to handle the anarchy of her different selves as he tries to save Alexa and prevent the Flock from taking total control.
VERDICT Chung’s compelling debut plumbs the depths of trauma and its long-lasting effects on the human psyche. [See Prepub Alert, 8/25/19.]

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