My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was originally going to hide this review because of spoilers, but I decided not to because Liz's condition becomes apparent in Chapter One. So, there you go. ;)
This is a book that I've had on my Kindle for a while and have been itching to read. I also love that cover. It's creepy, mysterious, but pretty. So, I decided to check it out the other day and as soon as I read the first chapter, I was hooked.
Liz wakes up on her father's boat the morning after her 18th birthday party because she hears a noise outside. All of her friends are still sleeping, which isn't surprising. They all got drunk and high the night before. When she goes outside to investigate, she finds herself in the water. Drowned. Dead. And she can't understand what happened to her. Then a boy from her school who died a year ago appears beside her.
Alex is a nobody, and was killed during a hit-and-run when he was going home after work. They never found who was responsible, but his family hasn't given up hope. Now Liz is stuck with him. The grumpy kid who doesn't like or respect her. He doesn't like her friends, or the obnoxious way they tried to run the school. He hated them because they were mean. And he wasn't wrong.
As Liz starts remembering important memories that will eventually reveal what happened that fateful night, she slowly starts to realise that she was an awful person. A mean, self-centered brat who treated everyone like crap and thought very highly of herself. But all of that was a mask to hide the truth. Liz was haunted by the loss of her mother at a young age and the rumors that have circled her family for years. The only way she knew how to deal with it was by being awful, and by running. She loved to run. But when something she couldn't deal with happened, she ended up almost running herself to death.
And when she finds out exactly what happened to both Alex, and then a year later, to her... she won't believe it. Yet won't be able to deny it.
As I mentioned above, I LOVED the first chapter. But then when Liz meets Alex and we get to find out what she's like, I started to wonder if I wanted to continue. But I did, because I knew that this story contained a whole bunch of secrets that would be worth it, and two mysteries that I had to uncover. I did work out both of them before they were revealed, but it didn't take away from experiencing her story through her eyes.
Liz's transformation is amazing, and definitely worth reading every intriguing word of this book. This book explores a lot of very heavy stuff that will always remain relevant in life and storytelling. The depth of the narration and character is quite amazing.
In the end, I loved this totally messed-up family drama that explores just how far some people are willing to go to get what they want, and destroy what they covet.