Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.
She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.
Black to cover the blood.
And she can fight.
“Tell no one.”
She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.
But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…
The only rule is: There are no rules.
|I think this is the fastest I’ve finished a book in quite a long time (I’ve finished “The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition in one day back in High School). I was hooked from the opening page, and kept tumbling down, further and further into the story. My mind, which likes to try to jump ahead of the path that the ploth is going, was constantly told that it was wrong by the plot. And that’s wonderfully ok. This book…this book is nowhere near the sort of tales that I read. I read dark and mysterious tales. Tales drenched in blood, and rarely promise the rays of hope that this book ends on. This book…this book broke me. In a good way.
I highly recommend this read to everyone. Yes, there are a lot of very mature themes in here, but, prepare yourself to fully embrace the tale, and the world within. Enjoy the ride fellow readers.
Ok. Remember when I said this book broke me? Yeah. It didn’t just break me. It SHATTERED me. And I’m still in pieces as it was. This was…such an intense read.
This is probably the best use of unreliable narrator that I have read. Ever. Seriously. From the very beginning, I wanted to know what happened to her. I wanted to know why she ended up waking up in that ditch. I wanted to know when she was going to remember who she was. I made a status update as I was finishing up my lunch break at work that I would, interest willing, finish the book today. And so I did. I finished reading in about 3 and a half hours. That’s how much I was invested in this story.
One of the many things that I loved was the follow-through of the father’s involvement throughout the story. Especially at the very end. I was overjoyed!
All of the character relationships are well-thought out and do their part in driving the plot forward, especially as they piece together Rachel’s memory. Little by little; person by person, the revelation of each and every little tidbit of the memory jigsaw puzzle getting put back together will make you want to read on to connect the pieces.
I’m going to re-iterate, you really need to read this novel. It’ll open your eyes, then hit you hard enough to break you into tiny little pieces. Enjoy the read!