Last year I participated in a blog tour for a little-known book called Dangerous Girls and I found that I really enjoyed it, so when I heard the author had another book coming out I knew I had to read it. With the end of Dangerous Girls being like a punch to the gut I was expecting something along those lines for this book too, but while I was pleased with it I did guess how things were going to play out very early on (although that could very well be because of my own personal knowledge). The story itself was expertly plotted and each of the characters were written in such a sense that despite not exactly connecting with them you were still interested enough in their story that you kept flipping pages, and with a book like this I think that's the point. While there were a few pieces of the book that did make me let out a frustrated sigh, mainly because of the main character and some of her choices, for the sake of the plot they made sense and were believable when it came to her personality and background. Despite that small irritation there were two things that I absolutely loved about this book, and those were the writing and the philosophical questions the book posed when I stopped to think about them. Honestly I wish that more books were like this one and if I ever manage to get the novel that I'm working on finished I hope it will be something like this one. Overall I enjoyed this novel a great deal and despite guessing what was going to happen very early on I still felt compelled to turn the pages and read the rest of the book to find out all of the little details, which is really all you can ask for in a book like this. Hopefully the author will write more novels like this one and it will be picked up despite the fact that Dangerous Girls didn't do well enough to have them pick up this one. If you read Haas' first novel I would suggest you seek this one out (it will be available in the US via kindle), and if you like a good suspense/thriller novel this, and the first book she wrote, are ones that you should definitely try.
Out August 14, 2014
4/5 dust spirits
*Thanks to the author for providing me with an early e-copy of this book in return for an honest review.