Carly’s murderer is still out there, and the two people who loved her most have to find out who, and why. But do they really want to know?
I love a good mystery, I was just talking to Holly Cupala,writer of Tell Me A Secret about how there are no good YA mystery books to be found and then I picked this out of the pile! I would describe this as a very intelligent, emotionally based, murder mystery with strong characters and a vivid lifespan.
The most important aspect of any novel, for me, are the characters and if I connect with them. I was so happy to read this book, all in one sitting, Neilly and Audrey, even Carly just pulled me in. There lives are completely three-dimensional, Jarzab knew this cast very well, and they were written in a “flesh and bones” sense. The plot allows the imagination to run wild about the pre and post of the book, but the characters create the world and I felt very emotionally entangled.
The first scene in the book is written a year after the murder of Neilly’s ex, Carly, was murdered violently. There are many flashbacks from the perspective’s of both Neilly and Carly’s cousin, Audrey, so when I reached some of the emotionally charged scenes I felt grief that the girl I loved, my best friend, a fabulous character was dead and I couldn’t resurrect her, I couldn’t even turn back to page one. She was already gone, and I think that plot point hit it’s target, I felt sad and hopeful at the same time.
I am looking forward to what else Jarzab delivers!
Notes on the Names: The names only made the story better. Audrey, Neilly and Carley all had the ‘Y’ ending, I like how this bound and separated them. Cass was a bit girly for me, I would have preferred Jonas, Jonah, Nathan, Brian, Rafe ect. Adam was a good name for the character.
Thoughts on the Cover: I love this cover, the model isn’t the focus, but the shot is still so impacting!