Bought, Borrowed or Gifted: Hardback gifted by Midas PR to celebrate Cheltenham Literature Festival in exchange for honest review/reaction.
Also, an element I was hugely surprised over is our lead characters are hugely flawed. Charlie isn't the most likeable lead and many times, other characters point out that she's not the most easiest person to be around. Same with her best friend Laura. Many times, Laura would say or do something without much thought and we saw how it affect Charlie. And because both Charlie and Laura are flawed, their friendship is complex and messy.
The mystery of Clipim is an interesting one and, once I found my footing with it, I liked the twists that happened and the slow revealing of it. I also liked how quickly the town turned on Charlie.
However, the mystery and the town’s growing hostility wasn’t the main driving force for me. It was Charlie, her humour and the look into her friendship with Laura and possible, budding romance with Maria.
Also, the ending. Ok, I get why it happened the way it did. There was no other way for Charlie to figure it all out, but to have everything explained and resolved within the final chapter just felt a little like a cheat. And the epilogue. Nope - that didn’t work for me, I’m afraid.
But, guess what? I did genuinely enjoy myself reading this. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have stormed it in three days. Maybe, in future, I should do more mystery books and go in knowing nothing!
[Quick note: I would like to apologise how late in the day this post went up. I was out two nights during to the week so I couldn’t write this till today. But it was late today due to MOT, wifi, fear of gas leak and washing machine going “Haha nope!”. It’s as if the weekend knows you want a chill day and plots against you, doesn’t it?]