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About the Author
- File Size : 551 KB
- Publication Date : January 9, 2014
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 260 pages
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00B8AKRUO
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #158,457 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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While Ms. Farmer's writing has I proved greatly, if I hadn't known this was her first published novel, I would be writing a very similar review.
The author has a way of pulling the reader in from the beginning and keeping them engaged throughout the novel. This was true for this novel. It was engaging and often times enthralling. The characters are mainly college aged students all of which have their own flaws and some even inner demons they have to face and address at some point or another. They come from different backgrounds, very different families, and have very different support systems. Some are ready for this next step in their journey, while others struggle more. There are secrets, lies, truths, manipulation, love, and support between these individuals.
The backstory is catching and provocative. It is interesting and engaging. And the reader learns a great of from it. The storyline is realistic, honest, and truthful.
As a debut novel, it is well written, engaging, and a truly wonderful read. As an Ashley Farley novel, it won't disappoint.
There is far more drama included in the book, including a pretty good murder mystery that gets the thrill going toward the middle. Great ending ya gotta read to appreciate!
Ben and Kitty are the primary players but Emma is the character to watch for. She is Kitty’s bitchy roommate who brought havoc between brother and sister. Without her this story would not have been quite captivating she is portrayed as a complete psychopath. I love mystery but this one is a bit too soft for my taste, the first half is mainly the set-up of college life: the setting, atmosphere and the relationships, etc. The second half is more dramatic and moves along at a better pace but the suspense is kind of lightweight and the development so predictable I became anxious to see the end. Having said this does not mean it is boring, on the contrary it is quite a sentimental journey.
This lively story is told from the perspective of young adults. The portrayal of friendship and the strong characterization is where this story excels. The dialogue is somewhat stilted although I did overcome noticing this after a while. How Ben slowly spiral out of control, starts drinking, does drugs and argues all the time is especially well represented. The serious problems concerning anorexia as well as family issues are also at the forefront. There is something to please everyone even a murder scene for the mystery buffs to enjoy.
This book should appeal mostly to older teens and young adults and to older adults who which to reminisce about their days in college…
I was going along with the story just fine for most of the book, even if it was a bit boring. I saw how everyone was worried about Ben, but they couldn't really do anything since he will do what he wants to do. He had to reach rock bottom before he could make some changes for himself. Everyone except Ben hated Emma with good reason. I got all of that and went along with it, even though it was told and not shown.
Then we get towards the end and I just got sick of everyone being an idiot in regards to Emma. Yes she is crazy. Yes they all hate her, so why do they still let her crash their party? Why do they still let her spend the night? You get in a physical altercation with her and yet you still let her stay? Ben says she is stalking him and you still think this is a good idea? From then on it was just like what are you thinking?!? Why would you get in the car with crazy guy you think is the killer? Why would you do any of these idiotic things you did? Did you learn nothing? I thought you saw through Emma and her games, so why are you still playing into them? It made no sense. Emma was a horrible person, but Katherine was just stupid. I was hoping that she would have grown and learned from her experiences, but I don't think she did. It was just like poor decision after poor decision and I really started to hate it. It just got to be too much.
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What I got instead was more of a slow burning psychological thriller, and a very well written one at that. The characters are all so perfectly written that they jump out of the page and you can imagine yourself sitting amongst them like a real group of friends.
When I say "slow burning", I do not mean that the story is slow and boring. Not even slightly, the story is set up beautifully and makes you want to keep reading. Ashley Farley has painted a very clear picture of these characters and their lives, from the relationship between Kitty and Ben, to their parents, their friends, their lives on campus and of course the crazy, manipulative Emma.
There is no blood and gore to be found here, so if that is what you wish for from a book you are best going elsewhere, but this is a really great story with some shocking twists and an ending I was not expecting, beautifully written and well thought out. Recommended.
On my kindle for a while I'm not sure where this book came from. Instinct tells me it was a freebie.
Yes I enjoyed it but it wasn't great. Curiosity kept me reading to the end.
As the authors first book it was okay and better than most.
Yes I would read this author again, because it was interesting and haunting.
bare in mind I am a 13 year old female :)