Challenge criteria: A book in a genre you usually avoid.
Three little girls set off to school one sunny May morning.
Within an hour, one of them is dead.
Fifteen years later, Alison and Kitty are living separate lives. Kitty lives in a care home. She can’t speak, and she has no memory of the accident that put her here, or her life before it.
Art teacher Alison looks fine on the surface. But the surface is a lie. When a job in a prison comes up she decides to take it – this is her chance to finally make things right.
But someone is watching Kitty and Alison.
Someone who wants revenge for what happened that day.
And only another life will do…
What I liked:
I loved the message about the closeness of family. Everyone in Alison and Kitty’s family gathered together in hardship to overcome it, which was really heartwarming to see. Even if Alison and Kitty’s relationship had been frosty at times, I loved seeing their interactions.
You can never truly guess what’s about to happen, and I was hooked on this book.
What I didn’t like:
There are some quite intense scenes, including a rape scene and various incidents of self harm. Some readers may be a little disturbed by these scenes.
I felt like there were just a few too many twists in this book, it seemed as if everything was changed around to something it hadn’t been before. It was a little bit overkill.
Out of five:
Three and a half. It’s a great story, and I was genuinely hooked. But there were just a few too many twists at times to keep this afloat.