I got this book, like, a few months ago and since then it’s been stuck in my TBR pile. I started reading this a week or two ago but I didn’t get past chapter one since a lot of things came up (exams, birthday, new phone). Anyways I restarted it yesterday and finished today.
Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.
This book has, something like, a darkness to it. I didn’t feel uncomfortable; I found it interesting, but idk about you. The suspense in this book is thick enough to choke you. Kidding (not). The characters are fascinating.
I was really creeped out by Adora, and I thought something was off. Amma turned out to be . . . unexpected. I sorta saw her as a smaller version of Camille but that’s definitely not the case. (I loved how things ended with Camille and Richard, and how that romance thingy didn’t define Camille/become a main element).
If it was shown or done differently, I might have called the ending sloppy or anti-climatic. But it was written brilliantly, to pull a twist of that magnitude in very few pages that too when the book is just about to end.
Overall, highly recommended. GO READ IT NOW
Rating: 5 out of 5