Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on October 6th 2015
That’s all seventeen-year-old Alice Monroe thinks about. Committed to a mental ward at Savage Isle, Alice is haunted by memories of the fire that killed her boyfriend, Jason. A blaze her twin sister Cellie set. But when Chase, a mysterious, charismatic patient, agrees to help her seek vengeance, Alice begins to rethink everything. Writing out the story of her troubled past in a journal, she must confront hidden truths.
Is the one person she trusts only telling her half the story? Nothing is as it seems in this edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller from the debut author Emiko Jean.
I’ve done my best to add a few more contemporaries to my TBRs over the last two years. Even though I don’t really like them as much as my fantasies I feel like I need to try and read a few a year. So that’s how I picked this one up, on a Nook deal that made it really cheap.
This book is alright. Pretty average as YA stories go, with a creepier vibe than I had been expecting. If I had to use one word to describe it I guess it would be “fine”. It’s just fine. I enjoyed reading it but like a lot of the other contemporaries I’ve read I probably would never reread them again.
This book has god a seriously creepy vibe, nearing horror territory but not quite. The mysterious sister interested me, but I guessed the twist pretty quickly. It took a lot of fun out of the story when I knew what was going to happen so early on. Sometimes it makes me sad when this happens, because if it hasn’t been very well done I find myself feeling cheated by the story.
The other characters aren’t that memorable. I think I forgot a lot of them almost as soon as I was done with the book. I honestly can’t remember any of their names. Whether that’s because they were one dimensional or just plain boring, I don’t know.
I recommend this book for fans of the psychological thriller/horror movie The Ward. This book is very similar. Actually the more I think about it the more I wonder if one has something to do with the other.
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