I received this book for free from blog tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company on June 7th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Friendship, Thriller, Young Adult
Source: blog tours
It was the perfect trip…until it wasn’t.
Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last six weeks should be. She discovers she was involved in a fatal car accident while on a school trip in Italy. A trip she doesn’t even remember taking. She was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident.
As the accident makes national headlines, Jill finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. It doesn’t help that the media is portraying her as a sociopath who killed her bubbly best friend, Simone, in a jealous rage. With the evidence mounting against her, there’s only one thing Jill knows for sure: She would never hurt Simone. But what really happened? Questioning who she can trust and what she’s capable of, Jill desperately tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.
Jill and Simone’s relationship is one to remember. At first, you’re thinking the end result couldn’t actually happen. But as you keep reading you’re torn apart thinking, “Well heck maybe I’m wrong? Am I wrong?” Ahhhh so frustration will definitely be on your plate when you pick this one up. It has a similar feel to DANGEROUS GIRLS. The point of view could have been better if we could see what actually did happen and not just from Jill’s point of view because we were in the dark for most of the book. I actually had no idea what this was about except the genre was a YA thriller and I just love these type of books. With Jill we get a better sense of who Simone really is and how she came to be. I thought the interviews between the secondary characters were interesting enough and it made me question whether or not to trust our narrator.
One thing I do have to say is that the cover was a bit misleading since most of the book is set in a hospital. With recaps and flashbacks of what actually happened in Italy. I was looking forward to them going around Italy and seeing all the sights and then the thriller would be revealed but that wasn’t the case.
I can’t say anything more about the book except that it was thrilling and I couldn’t believe how it ended. Maybe if the point of views could have been both the girls we would really understand what happened. Here’s another one to add to your collection that will have readers on the edge of their seat, With Malice by Eileen Cooks will have you guessing for the real truth!
q&a with Eileen Cook
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
The best part of being a writer is getting to sit around making stuff up all day (often while wearing yoga pants and in between searching the internet for cute puppy pictures.)
I really enjoy writing and the process of coming up with a story that I am excited to tell and then being able to share it. The characters become real people to me and I like seeing how they develop and change over the book.
The best part of being a published writer is hearing from readers who enjoyed your book. Writing is solitary, so when someone reaches out to you to say they liked what you wrote, it feels fantastic. The very best compliment you can give a writer is telling a friend about their book.