Release Date: March 3rd 2015
I did have a little bit of a slow start with this book. I found the blurb really interesting when I was originally invited to take part in the blog tour, but when I started reading this book, I found myself really confused about what age the main character was supposed to be. That confusion did settle after a while, though.
The atmosphere in this book was really tense and I felt it didn’t really let up – which was good, but made it a bit exhausting to read. I found myself able to relate really well to Alice as a character and I felt really bad about what she and her sister went through with parents who basically paraded them around as ornaments.
I think my favourite part of this book was probably the part about the codes… but I didn’t really understand much about the whole cipher. Still, I felt a lot of work had gone into that part of the book and it really showed.
I’ve mentioned, on more than one occasion to various people, that I feel celebrities are treated as different to other people. I see news articles where things that would be normal for non-famous people are made a massive deal of and that they are treated as vastly different to people the public don’t see as important. And I felt this came across really well in this book – the idea that the celebrities were supposed to be untouchable; that people would cover up what they’d done and make it so that they didn’t get into trouble for anything.
By the end of this book, I really disliked Alice’s father… though I liked her mother better. I also really liked seeing Alice’s relationships with Cassie and Jerry. It was good to see a friendship that still managed to weather the bad, despite one of the people in the friendship completely stepping back. (For reasons that might have been good, but still…)
I’m not sure I should have, but I did like Ruth as a character. And Millie was also quite intriguing.
I also felt that the actions Alice took in the book were believable. I could get behind her as a heroine and it would be really good to see a sequel with more of her and some of the other characters in… though not really Annie.