Publishing Date: June 11, 2013
Genre: YA, Thriller
Pages: 432 pgs
Source: from publisher for review through Edelweiss
Summary from Goodreads:
The spine-tingling horror of Stephen King meets an eerie mystery worthy of Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series in Kate Karyus Quinn's haunting debut.
On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.
A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.
Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese's fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.
Well, I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started this novel and I was kept guessing up until the end. The premise of this novel is that there is a girl, Annaliese, who goes missing after being heard screaming and seen bleeding everywhere. After quite some time she returns with no memory of anything. The novel continues as she tries to navigate through a home she doesn't remember, at a school she doesn't remember and with parents she doesn't remember.
It is very difficult to talk about this novel without giving too much away. Let's just say that everything is not quite normal.
What I really like about this novel is that it is presented at first like a normal thriller/mystery but as you read further on you discover that there is some paranormal element to it. I also like that this paranormal element doesn't fall under a particular area. It's not a vampire, a werewolf, a fairy but something entirely different and new.
I have to say that this book kept me guessing and wanting to figure out what was going on. I was never quite sure what was going on. It is also so incredibly creepy which, as strange as this may seem, is something I love reading. I like things that a little macabre and gory and this book has just that.
I couldn't get a read on Annaliese as a character so that was a bit of a drawback. I just felt like I couldn't connect to the main character (and for good reason considering she is not quite what she seems) and this makes it difficult to connect fully with the book.
I did like the writing of this novel and I found it entertaining so overall I would say that it's worth a read. I wouldn't say that it is a must-read but it is a decent story with good writing.