From the offset, this seemed like a VERY predictable story, however, it quick changes and the twists and turns lead the story into a direction which was far from expectation! Obviously as this is a spoiler-free review, I’ll spare you the specifics, but this one isn’t completely predictable and there will be some surprises ahead.
Something that I really liked was that, unlike most thrillers I read, this novel dealt with lots of contemporary issues, including online relationships, mental health, manipulative relationships and gender stereotypes! I think that this was particularly important, because this book is for a YA audience.
However, in terms of characterisation I wasn’t fully content. I don’t have a problem with unlikeable characters in a story, but I do need characters to have depth and be properly fleshed-out, as the characterisation in books is one of my favourite aspects of reading. I found that in this novel, the characters felt a bit one-dimensional at times, and I wanted more from the author!
I was honestly expecting a very cliche YA plot-line, which seemed even more likely at the beginning of the story. However, Lynn Weingarten’s writing in this book is extremely well-done, it is truly gripping, which is something that is an absolute necessity for me in a thriller. However, there was a distinct difference, for me, in how much I enjoyed the first half of the book, compared to the second. The latter half is where the story really took off and became thrilling a page-turner!
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