by Michele Campbell
Expected publication: June 13th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press
I expected a fast paced thriller when I went into this but I have to admit that’s not what i got because the first half of the book was really slow. It took me a while to really get into it but it eventually happened when I was at the 50% mark. It almost felt like the two halves were written by different people but I am not complaining. That’s why I never give up on a book. Some of the ones I struggle with end up redeeming themselves in wonderful ways and this one did that.
Three girls meet in their freshman year of college and they become ‘close’. I use the term close loosely as there friendship never felt real at any point of the book. If they were not forced to be roommates, they would not have been friends. Twenty years later, they are all talking about an incident that took place and how the truth about it was never revealed. The book goes back and forth between the past and present as we try to find out what the incident was, who was involved and whether the truth will be revealed.
Campbell was very thorough when bringing out the life in an Ivy League school and I was not surprised when I found out she was a Harvard & Stanford graduate. The way she brought out each character and how the Ivy League life affected them didn’t make me doubt the stresses associated with that life at all. It was quite detailed, the first half of the book, so much so that I wished she would just carry on with the story. It almost felt like she wrote the first half while she was still in university and the rest of it, she typed it out later in life.
The characters were repulsive; I connected with none of them. I tried to, but they all felt wrong despite the heavy characterization. They had no likable qualities. The only thing that made me truly enjoy the book was the last half of it. Things were happening there and it was great to have some action. I wish the whole book had the same pace because she had something going on but the delivery was off. Even though the ending was different from most, I called it a few chapters before the last. The execution of it was what I did not see coming, it was not brilliant but it definitely was something else.
To sum it up, if you are looking for a thriller that will have you turning the pages so fast, this is not it. If you want a slow paced suspenseful book with a dramatic ending, this one is for you. It was short and could be a good weekend in the sun read.