Pages: 368 Price: £8.00 Published: 2016 by Harlequin Mira
Genre: Thriller, Young Adult, Suspense
“In an apartment in downtown Chicago, Quinn Collins wakes up to discover her flatmate Esther has disappeared. Quinn searches in vain for clues but the only thing she finds is a discarded letter addressed to ‘My Dearest’. Alex Gallo works in a coffee shop in a tourist town on the shores of Lake Michigan. When a mysterious woman turns up, the teenager is drawn to her, but what starts as an innocent crush soon spirals into something more sinister. As Quinn wonders about her friendship with Esther, and Alex falls under the strangers spell, both must question how well you can ever really know another person. And how can you be sure that they are telling the truth?”
This was an incredible read. I loved this book from start to finish. I got this book on a deal for £2.00 and it’s one of the best £2.00 ever spent. I got this book quite a while ago but hadn’t read it due to buying other books, whoops. I was also procrastinating on reading it a little as the store I brought the book from was the same one I got ‘The Devil’s Staircase by Helen Fitzgerald‘ from and after that being so…interesting, I was hesitant about the other one-off book buys from there. However I’m very happy I stopped procrastinating on it and read it as it is definitely one of my new top books.
The whole book is split into two different narrators that alternate, Quinn Collins and Alex Gallo. I loved both of these characters and thought they were really well written, dynamic and real. Which is very important as books without realistic characters are just so much harder to get in to in my opinion, I don’t find them as grabbing or well interesting really.
Quinn is Esther’s flatmate who has been living with her for a while now in a small apartment in Chicago. On Saturday night Quinn leaves Esther home alone in order to go out to a bar in town and enjoy her night, when she awakens Sunday morning Quinn finds Esther gone and her bedroom window open onto the fire escape but no sign of Esther. As any person in this situation would do, Quinn searches the apartment for evidence of Esther and where she could’ve gone to, but only after discovering a letter addressed to ‘My Dearest’ does Quinn begin to take the situation more seriously. That’s when Quinn starts to doubt Esther and becomes slightly paranoid, Quinn discovers Esther’s old roommate had died, more letters addressed to ‘My Dearest’, that Esther has placed an ad in the paper for a new roommate and that Esther has also requested to have the locks changed in their apartment. Quinn doubts Esther is really who she claims she is.
Meanwhile in a town on the shore of Lake Michigan is our other narrator, Alex Gallo. I think I prefered Alex slightly more to Quinn as a character as I really felt bad for him. We learn that Alex’s mother abandoned him at age 5 by just walking out one day and never returning, we never learn why this is but are led to assume that his mother had a sort of mental disorder or a serious discomfort around children. So now Alex lives at home with his alcoholic father who is always incapacitated on the couch causing Alex to have to do everything, cooking, cleaning and working as the only source of income at a cafe. It is whilst working at this cafe that Alex spots this mysterious stranger, Alex becomes fascinated by her and, as someone who has never been lucky in love, is drawn to her. However as this crush goes on and as he begins to talk to this woman he learns everything is not right, the woman avoids telling him her name, the woman was spotted swimming in the freezing winter waters of Lake Michigan and the woman is sleeping rough with no money to her name.
I really enjoyed reading and experiencing the characters change throughout the book and seeing how their thoughts and opinions changed, I really do like the double narration style as you get two different perspectives on the same thing but they differ so much that in a way you find yourself almost siding with one.
The twist in the book comes quite late on but it is well worth it. The book leads you to believe that you can almost guess what is going on until it throws that out of the window. I didn’t see the ending coming, however it was written brilliantly and had me hooked until the last word. I strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for a new Thriller read with a bit of a twist. It’s unputdownable. I will definitely be reading this one again.
My Rating: 5/5 STARS