“Fabulous! Twisty and gripping with huge depth and heart. These characters and the danger they face will stay with you long after the final page. You must read this.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
The book opens, in 2016, with Louise receiving a friend request from Maria Weston.
She panics – how is it possible?
Maria Weston has been last seen alive in 1989. Though her body has never been found, she has been presumed dead.
It’s revealed early on that something happened at the leaver’s party back in 1989, which may have been the cause of Maria’s death and Louise had a hand in it.
So, has the past finally caught up with Louise?
Will she have to pay for what happened 25-years ago? A lot is at stake for Louise, most importantly her 4-year old son, Henry.
Who can she talk to about the friend request? Perhaps, her only partner-in-crime, Sophie. She’s partly relieved to hear that Sophie too has had a friend request from Maria.
Is Maria “choosing” those people who she believes was responsible for what happened to her back in 1989?
Told alternately between the then and the now, the book explores the insecurities of a teenager, where fitting in is everything and friendship feels like life and death.
In order to “be cool” and be liked by the most happening people in school, to what extent can one go? Even though, somewhere deep in your conscience, you know that your actions have the potential to ruin a person’s life?
How often do we use social media?
But do we use it judiciously? The anonymity that social media can provide, and the dangers that can translate into is highlighted in this book. It’s a potential problem that could happen to anyone: do you REALLY know who you are talking to and providing information about yourself and your family?
Fast-paced, racy and brilliantly written, this was a fantastic read. It will leave you guessing till the very end.
The ending is unfathomable and quite creepy.
5/5 for me.
Added 7th March 2018