★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
My opinion in three sentences:
This isn’t the first book with a similar plot I’ve read, and of those it wasn’t the most twisting or suspense-packed, but McKay kept it enjoyable, engaging and added her own spin. Negative reviews often cite the lengthy period at the beginning before any of the action starts, and I’ll admit that’s there, but in itself it is still well-written and a useful introduction to the characters. Then, from here, McKay launches into an interesting interpretation of the plot, followed by a fantastic nail-biting conclusion.
(Without spoiling anything) the best bit:
The final chapters (which sounds terrible), but honestly, the adrenaline rush as everything reached the conclusion was incredible.
A warning for the book:
It takes a bit of time to get into the meaty plot that you’d expect from the blurb. That being said, however, the introduction to the setting, characters etc. (whilst being a little long) is not difficult to read, rather enjoying. Just don’t expect a thrill from page 1.
Recommended for fans of:
- Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green
- Keeping the Beat by Marie Powell & Jeff Norton
- The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien