- Paperback: 250 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (February 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1542521599
- ISBN-13: 978-1542521598
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,582,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
A certified bookworm and ailurophile, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery. She lives amongst cats and books in Belgium, and is the author of the Cult of the Cat young adult fantasy series and the Retribution novella series for adults.
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Author – Zoe Kalo
Genre – YA, Paranormal, Suspense-Thriller
First Line: Oak trees dripping with Spanish moss embraced us from both sides, but not enough to shield us from the prison that would be my home for the next seven months.
Review: Paloma, a seventeen year-old girl, holds a séance to connect with her dead father and instead gets kicked out of school then sent to an isolated convent for troubled girls.
The story takes place in Puerto Rico 1973
Ms. Kalo finely develops each unique character then throws them into a simmering pot of mystery, suspicion, secrets, lies, and death. She’s created a world away from normal where the paranormal touches everyone, in some way. Friends become enemies, no one trusts, no one talks, unless it’s in riddles.
I’ve not read a book like this one, the title fits the story perfectly, as you’ll discover once you’ve read it.
It wasn’t what I expected, yet I was turning pages, living that strange paranoid life of Paloma all the way to the end. Quite the twisted thriller - full of suspects and lies. I found it truly entertaining.
The story was a disjointed puzzle of events, as with every mystery. They didn’t come together all at once, but over time, and some things were a mystery until the very last second. It felt like the “main” story—the ghost—wasn’t even all that important (except for one surprising but not incredibly important reason). Too many other weird things kept happening.
The dynamic of the friend group was interesting. I really don’t know how they were all friends. Rubia showed every sign of being a psychopath, Silvy was just mean to everyone, Adelita was bullied and more so because of her disorder, and Maria was nice and didn’t seem to approve of Rubia and Silvy, and I don’t know why Paloma chose to hang out with them. Paloma didn’t really like or trust anyone anyway. But she didn’t seem the type to put up with people being needlessly mean, and there was a lot of that in the group. I guess once she made the decision to “keep her enemies closer,” it made a bit more sense, but that was a turning point. Until then, I don’t know why she put up with it. Especially after her initial resolution that she wasn’t there to make friends. As a person, she was all right, I suppose, but in reality, and in the end, she was really no better than anyone else. It was just a terrible place full of terrible people with too many bad things going on.
I guess it was a good enough mystery, but I wasn’t able to feel for any of the characters. I mean, past the point of sympathy for their disorders and troubled pasts etc. I wasn’t invested in them as people. I will say this, though—there was a great variety in the characters and each one had plenty of depth. And bonus points for no romance.
In this book we follow Paloma, who was just sent to a Catholic boarding school by her parents because of troubles at her past school. There, she meets Maria, Silvy, Adelita, and Rubia. But little does she know that there are dark secrets spread throughout the school, slowly poisoning everything she thought was true.
I don't know why, but I thought that this was a fantasy, but it could be? I don't think so, maybe? That's the thing, this book was extremely confusing. It wasn't in the beginning though. With the setting being in Puerto Rico in 1973, this book started off creepily intriguing. I was interested in all of the characters, and I wanted to learn more about all of them. But then things started to get a bit wacky. It was like the characters, plot, and writing changed within a paragraph, and it was very weird.
All of a sudden I couldn't tell that I was reading the same book. I had no clue what was real, and what wasn't. Which was okay, but that is all that there was. I already knew how the book was going to end, the characters annoyed me, and I was mainly just reading because I had to. I was very confused.
As you might be able to tell, I don't know how to write a review for this book because everything that I write makes no sense whatsoever. So, this book is like my review, completely wacky, and not very cohesive. Sorry about that.
So over all this was an extremely confusing book. While it started of good with the setting, characters, and atmosphere, things got really weird, and then got a lot less enjoyable. I was easily able to figure everything out, and felt depressed reading about the characters, and how they were treated. So, you might try this book if you're really into physiological thrillers. Maybe you'll like it more than I did.
*I received a copy of this book via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't effect my review in any way.*