Best friends tell each other the truth – don’t they?
When North Stone’s best friend Kelly Orton is found hanging lifeless in a tree, North knows for certain it wasn’t suicide. Kelly had everything to live for – a loving boyfriend, a happy life, and most importantly of all, Kelly would never leave North all by herself.
The girls have been friends since childhood, devoted to each other, soul sisters, or at least that’s what North has always believed. But did Kelly feel the same way, or was she keeping secrets from her ‘best friend’ – deadly secrets…
When the police refuse to take North’s suspicions seriously, she sets out to investigate for herself. But her search soon takes her to a glamorous world with a seedy underbelly, and before long North is out of her depth and getting ever closer to danger. Determined to find the truth, she soon wishes that dead girls could lie, because the truth is too painful to believe…
They synopsis and the author drew me in right away. I had read a couple of other books by Carys Jones in the last few months and she easily made the list of Jump on this book now for authors I watch out for. She’s a fantastic writer who makes suspense filled novels feel easy to read and immerse yourself into so you can enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes from being creeped out by her character’s less than ethical deeds.
This one I’m still trying to figure out how I feel.
When I first started reading something about the main character’s (North) dialogue and actions felt like she was an older teen or at least close to that. Not so far in you discover she’s actually in her early 30s but I could never shake that her mindset, the way she was described and acted, was easily a decade or more younger.
Another problem I had was the story moves back and forth between present and past in order to show more of the life between the best friends since the story revolves around the alleged suicide of one of them. It would’ve been easier to distinguish when it had gone into the past if Jones had uses a different font, style or even a whole new chapter for those sections so you could mentally switch gears easier as well. Eventually you get used to knowing what time period you’re in but I would’ve liked a clearer definition from the start.
In the end though the most disappointing thing was that it felt as if you could read the first few chapters then skip to the last few chapters and still get the whole story without feeling like you are missing anything important. Her normal ability to add build up and suspense to keep you guessing just wasn’t here, it was like her heart wasn’t into this one.
It feels like Jones is having an off day with this one so hopefully her next will find her showcasing that amazing talent I know she has.
Thank you to Netgalley and Aria for allowing me to review this book.
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*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com