Tell the truth. Or face the consequences.
Clue meets Riverdale in this page-turning thriller that exposes the lies five teens tell about a deadly night one year ago.
One year ago, there was a party.
At the party, someone died.
Five teens each played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.
But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course…some things are too good to be true. They were each so desperate for the prize, they didn’t question the odd, rather exclusive invitation until it was too late.
Now, they realize they’ve been lured together by a person bent on revenge, a person who will stop at nothing to uncover what actually happened on that deadly night, one year ago.
Five arrived, but not all can leave. Will the truth set them free?
Or will their lies destroy them all?
I picked this up because I wanted something easy to read and have been in a thriller mood. And while it fulfilled those requirements, I found that it didn’t do much else for me.
For a start it’s full of horrible manipulative characters. Even those who weren’t as much felt coloured by it. And all the motivations seemed surface deep. Parker for example is so clearly a massive **** (fill in with your favourite four letter word!). He is manipulating everyone around him. He is jealous, a stalker, a bully and all around not good person.
I think we’re supposed to feel sorry for Shane, but I spent most of my time when he was on the page wondering if he was up to no good because he seemed to fart butterflies and float through being fairy perfect. Wtf. Let us get to know him. When we finally did see him through Ruby’s eyes he was so much better, but it didn’t explain his initial magnetism, and that just seriously put me off him. Who goes up to a girl at school and dances with her??? Seriously. He was obviously a good guy and didn’t deserve any of the things that happened but I just didn’t care.
Then there’s the way the characters and the writer exploit Brianna and her mental problems. NOT OKAY.
The whole thing is a half decent thriller, but the plot and writing just weren’t strong enough. Honestly I nearly stopped on the first page where there is the line “When cars make friends with mortals…”. Wtf. Plus I spotted all the twists, which is rare for me. The only one I didn’t is the very last one, but the main one I knew very early. An easy read but I’m not sure it’s worth the effort.
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