- File Size: 3509 KB
- Print Length: 227 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dabber & Baehr; 1 edition (March 16, 2018)
- Publication Date: March 16, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078FL3N7Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,528 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm very conflicted on this review. Most of the book is really good. I love everything they have written and I hate to give a bad or even mixed review. Despite the "mystery" of what happened to Lark being revealed very early in this book, and it being the very unsatisfying answer that Raven and Lark were the same person, something heavily hinted at going all the way back to the first book of the series, the unfolding of how it came to be was done as well is it could be given the circumstances. As usual the writing is deft, the characters interesting and engaging. This lasts all the way up to the end of the book. Even explaining mysteries like why she doesn't exhibit normal DID behavior, and why her eye color changed.
There is no delicate way to say this. The ending was awful. Just bad. Completely and wholly unworthy of the Sophies normal high standards. It just felt like, ok we've got the minimum number of words, now let's wrap this up in one chapter.
The first misstep is the sudden, "we've built up that she is going to confront them at the museum event laying out an entire plot of getting onto the guest list, being worried about Annie seeing her, figuring out how to have Blake at the event. But never mind. Let's toss all that out the window and have her confront them in a hotel room". What? Why? Why all the build up to toss it away? If you ended up deciding to go that way after the set up, go back and change the beginning and set up for the hotel confrontation instead.
Next is the "chips in her eyes" that can be hacked and monitored. *sigh* Sophies, please stay away from anything technology related. You do great with it when you set it in a future setting, and flat out don't try to explain how it works. That makes sense. Most people don't know who technology works. They couldn't explain how a TV works, what sits behind a cell phone etc. Just treat it like that. But please stay away from introducing things that are impossible when you are setting it in the "current world".
Moving beyond that, suddenly her parents are complete monsters, drugging her and just flat out not caring that she is dying in front of them. Actually literally willing to let their daughter die. What? I get that they wanted to paint her parents as evil, but that comes out of nowhere and is completely unbelievable.
Then we get to the very end of the book, where out of nowhere, first we are told her parents are going into WITSEC, huh? Why? Who exactly would they be testifying against? Why would the be even offered that? Completely out of character. The Kingsley's would have gone down fighting and her mother would have died, I mean that literally, her mother would have killed herself before giving up her lifestyle to go into WITSEC. But wait, never mind. Now they're dead killed in a car wreck. Huh? Why? Well so Lark's death can also be faked. Again why? With her parents gone, why would she need a new life? What about her best friend Annie? Again it just feels like, well we have enough words now, let's wrap it up.
Strangely the end of he book, is abrupt. Abrupt to the point that it feels like somehow part of the manuscript was lost. There is not even the normal page requesting reviews.
Sophies you have broken my heart with this ending. I give it 3 stars because most of the book is really good.
Now the reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5... It was just something really minor and probably has more to do with personal preference on my part so I thought I would clarify my distinction... While Sophie did resolve everything quite nicely when I got to the Epilogue I was extremely happy with the way things were ended, BUT there was no mention of Raven outside of Lark reading her copy of Gatsby and that left me wondering what happened since there was a small callout to Lia and what happened to her. So for me, just that one little detail being left off made it hard for me to give it an overall 5
There is a lot left unsaid in the end, and felt like a quick wrap up. I would have liked more detail as to what took place and what happened to Raven. Also, the very end left me wondering if Lark would choose to disappear, so it felt not quite finished to me.
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This was a one of a kind series, it really had me guessing and on the edge of my sit throughout the whole journey!Read more