by Anne Cassidy
Genre: YA / Mystery / Contemporary
Ages: 15 and up
I received an advance e-copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
When Rose was twelve,
her mother and stepfather went out for dinner and never came back. Now
seventeen, she lives with her grandmother and goes to school in London.
She’s always wondered about her stepbrother, Joshua, whom she only lived
with briefly and who was also relocated after their parents’
disappearance. When Rose and Joshua meet again, they find they have much
in common, including a desire to uncover the mystery surrounding their
parents’ disappearance . . . and a mutual attraction to each other. But
when Rose witnesses the murders of not one but two of her classmates,
she must uncover who is behind these violent crimes. And when she and
Joshua discover that a much larger conspiracy is underway, both of their
lives will be in danger. From international bestseller Anne Cassidy,
this first in a fastpaced and romantic new mystery series will keep
Hmm, what to say about this book...overall, the word that comes to mind is 'dull'. From beginning to end, this was a dull story set in a dull, grey world with dull, grey characters. It took all of my staying power to actually finish it.
Rose, the heroine, was tired and depressed and not particularly interesting or likable. Reading about her, even I began to feel tired and depressed. Her step-brother, Joshua, was much better but not good enough to save the story. Skeggie, Joshua's best friend, was probably the most entertaining character of the lot.
The plot was completely unbelievable and frequently confusing. While the genre is mystery, it seemed like more of a soap opera of stupidity on the parts of most of the main characters and the villains. The motivations behind the murders were just dumb.
I picked this book because I love mysteries and I love stories set in London. While it had a couple of good ideas to begin with, it didn't go anywhere. It never grabbed me, never made me care about the characters and never sparked.
Rating System: Profanity, Sexuality and Violence
1 (mild) through 10 (extreme).
I give it a 2.10 for two mild swearwords.
I rate it a 2.10 for some sexual innuendos and insults.
I give it a 5.10 for two murders, neither described in detail.