Katherine Patterson has changed her name, moved into the city to live with her aunt, and enrolled into a different school where no one will recognize who she is. She was once an energetic, fun loving, and popular girl in her previous life; now she is a quiet, friendless wallflower and she couldn’t be more relieved by that fact. The less noticed she is, the more likely it is that no one will recognize her from all the countless articles written about her in the newspapers about that horrible night.
Alice is the last person Katherine ever thought to become friends with. She is charming, outlandishly extroverted, and has a magnetic personality that people just cannot stay away from. She is also the most popular girl and attracts attention every where she goes. For whatever reasons unbeknownst to Katherine, Alice favors her and puts forth great effort in becoming the closest friends with Katherine. But Alice has secrets of her own, and they are dark with malicious intent.
As to my knowledge, this is the first published book of Rebecca James. For being a debut novel, I think it was great and her writing style is off to a good start. The story kept my interest even though I felt the foreshadowing made the “deep dark secrets” quite obvious. It did not take me long to piece together how the story would turn out, so the ending was not surprising to me. Though this story was supposed to be suspenseful, I was not held in suspense. Rather I would liken it to a soft mystery.
I appreciated the flow of the book and great character development. I think Ms. James is off to a great start and I am interested in what her future books will reveal.