Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Keywords: murder, mystery, drugs
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley
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This was one of those books that I had absolutely no idea what it was about before I started reading it. Total blindness heading in.
So when I began a story about a drug addict in rehab coping with the death of her best friend, I was a little shocked. And quite frankly, impressed.
Even with the drug addict story line, the story is so much more than a murder mystery. It is well thought out, meaning I definitely understood why Sophie took things into her own hands and didn't tell the police what she was working on. Sophie's voice was believable and unique, and her struggle was real and emotional, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading.
There was also something about the love triangle (not your average triangle either) that was incredibly realistic. About the pain, the struggle, and the hardships that love and friendship can have on people, whether they are good or bad results.
I was also definitely surprised by the ending. By the time I realized what was going on, it was about three sentences before Mina knew and it was too late for me to shout at her to stop what she was doing and run away. So that was excellent. I love being surprised by books. And though I was still a little confused at the end with a few of the explanations and character relationships, I accepted how things unfolded and was fine with it at the end of the novel. I was just so excited it wasn't anything I thought it would be before. (Seriously, book surprises are the best)
Read When: You are looking for a solid mystery that also has a lot of deep, complex emotional moments. This isn't a light beach read, so be prepared folks. You're going to want to pay attention to this one.
A little more about my thoughts on the cover. Don't get me wrong, I love it, but it doesn't fit with what the story is actually about. To me, it seems like a summer romance cover with something that goes a little awry, what with the broken light there toward the bottom. But this book was no light-hearted summer romance. It was heavy. It was deep. And that was refreshing. This cover's beautiful, but it doesn't make me think of the book at all having actually finished it at this point.