(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
The plot of this book was a really intriguing one. Although it was confusing at first, by the end, everything seemed to fit together.
It was interesting how the events of the book switched between the present day and ten years previous, but it did mean there wasn’t a whole lot of mystery. It was made quite clear exactly how bad some of the characters were before the events of the past revealed that.
I had a lot of empathy for Daina in this book. She really did seem to have an awful time of it, even as a child. And some of what she went through, I could really relate to… such as having an alcoholic mother, but also being bullied and not feeling like she had any proper friends.
The visions Daina was seeing were really creepy, but the most disturbing thing, in my opinion, was the headmaster’s attitude when Daina tried to report something she’d seen. I really didn’t like him at all and I thought he should have been arrested for what had happened in the past and the way he didn’t report what was told to him.
Many of the characters in this book did seem to have quite a bit of depth to them. Hardly any of them were really good or really bad. And although a lot of the mystery wasn’t left really up to the readers to work out for themselves, there were some elements that were a bit surprising. And what was good was the way everything fit together at the end of the book.
The Grey Man was an intriguing character and I think I understood more about him by the end of the book, too.
I wasn’t very keen on the fact that the book slipped out of first person a couple of times. I didn’t think it was necessary to change the style, especially since it didn’t really add a lot that was necessary to the story.
It was good to see one of the characters not as horrible as she was made out to be. I did enjoy reading this book, even though the ending was a bit disappointing, and I would read more books by this author in the future.
This sounds like a really interesting book, sounds like the characters were really believable and interesting – an major one for me! Not so keen on changing the voice, slipping out of first person, but I suppose that’s a minor thing.