by Kate Karyus Quinn
Published by HarperTeen Release date : June 11th, 2013
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal, Young Adult
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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.
So, this book is weird.
I don’t know exactly what I expected when heading into this book. I knew that it was going to be a little weird; her other book (Don’t You) Forget About Me was a serious mind (insert bad word here). But the level on weird this book contains is mind-boggling.
I am all for books that are confusing, mysterious and full of WTFery. Yet, it has to have some level of THIS MAKES SENSE because I will be distracted and probably DNF. That was my main issue with this book. I was distracted. And confused.
It took a good 1/3 of the book to really get it. We get POVs of different girls and poems from Annaliese, and trying to figure out who was who, what was what, was just exhausting. Whether or not this was the execution or my lack of brains, is anyone’s guess. But once I GOT IT, it all made sense. Just a little too late I guess.
I didn’t realize that his had a paranormal/supernatural aspect to it. Pleasant surprise though, I assure you. The horror element was fantastic; and I loved how gory it was.
I am a little confused about the ending. I don’t fully understand what even happened, and why. >.<
Even though I confused for over half the book, I did enjoy it. Once I caught on and started to piece together what was going on, my enjoyment soared. I recommend it – but read is slowly and without distractions.