“One day, my father walked into his Back Bay apartment to find a blond woman asleep on his couch. Nine months later, I appeared on his doorstep. One year later, my aunts succeeded in getting him committed to a psychiatric hospital.”
The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset is the story of Selkie Stewart, who lives with her two great aunts and her father has been committed to the psych ward. Selkie has never met her mother, and only knows what her father has told her, which sounds like gibberish. All she knows are her great-aunts, her father, and Ben, a street vendor that she has been quietly loving and is constantly making her feel happy. After one trip to Salem, MA and entering a weird museum, Selkie begins to ask the wrong questions or the right ones, depending on what side you are on. The secret behind Selkie is that she is half fey and half ogre, and she is part of a great prophecy. Depending on what side you are on, she is the best or the worst thing to happen to the fey and other-worlders. Just to add another ingredient to this mess, her mother is the fairy queen, who rules with an iron fist, like most fey do. Selkie must now choose which side she’s on, how she will help the people she loves, and find out how to get out of her mother’s clutches. Quick urban fantasy read.
3 out of 5 stars, Thanks Net Galley.