What’s it about?
The perfect daughter is dead. And a secret is eating her family alive…
Jenna is given another shot at life when she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers that Callie’s perfect family is hiding some very dark secrets …
Callie’s parents are grieving, yet Jenna knows they’re only telling her half the story. Where is Callie’s sister Sophie? She’s been ‘abroad’ since her sister’s death but something about her absence doesn’t add up. And when Jenna meets Callie’s boyfriend Nathan, she makes a shocking discovery.
Jenna knows that Callie didn’t die in an accident. But how did she die? Jenna is determined to discover the truth but it could cost her everything; her loved ones, her sanity, even her life.
I’m afraid I jumped on that bandwagon to see what the fuss was all about with this book and I’m afraid I was left waiting for more. I’m aware I’m in the minority as every other reader I know has loved this book and this is somewhat an unpopular opinion.
I found the whole cellular memory an interesting concept; although I felt I needed to suspend all disbelief for this premise to work.
My main problem was that I didn’t gel with Jenna, I found a number of her actions, decisions and conversations implausible that made me eye roll rather than fear for her. I found myself getting irritated with the plot rather than absorbed in the intended thrill for example the number of times artists and songs were referred to; it felt more like name dropping than trying to evoke an atmosphere. It’s just a cold…repeated over and over when it clearly isn’t just grated rather than added to my sympathies and concern for Jenna and what did happen to Nathan? Why did he not take this further?
Shame really as I’ve heard the author’s debut novel, The Sister, was exceptional. Having said all that, the book had a good ending with great pace with a culprit I didn’t see coming. Sorry!
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Source: ARC – many thanks!
No of pages: 354