So I completely forgot to publish another Our Year in Books post last weekend (gah!) but I have been reading. In fact I’ve read four books so far this year, but some of them will be reviewed other places, I’ll link when available.
First of all, I think this is actually aimed at older teens – it’s US and the main strand is set at the end of high school. I certainly wouldn’t hand it to a younger teen – while it’s not particularly graphic, there are disturbing aspects to it, including a description of a rape and murder. (You’re now wondering how a description of a rape and murder could be anything other than graphic – you’ll just have to trust me on that, or read it yourself 😉 ) I read it in one quick sitting of a couple of hours, but I am a fast reader. It romps along very nicely, and doesn’t feel as empty as some teen fiction can, and I certainly didn’t spot the plot twist coming up towards the end.
The story is carried along well, and although the heroine has *many* tragedies befall her, you don’t get that feeling of here we go again that you sometimes can in these stories. In fact it’s all all too plausible – I did get a sort of Single White Female feel to it, which turned out to be not so far off the mark, but toned down somewhat.
All in all, I enjoyed it, it kept my interest nicely, and I’d be happy to recommend it to those enjoying vaguely psychological/ thriller type stories. Though like I said, not for the younger teen or faint of heart.