I guess i am going through some weird book spell after reading The Cruel Prince, since most of the books i read post that just seem mediocre. Or i guess i have just not gone past the high from that book. LOL
Twenty-eight-year-old Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what’s left of her best friend’s belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a bottle of Xanax and a handle of Maker’s Mark, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers secrets in the childhood lock box hidden in Celine’s apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man who Celine herself claimed would be her ruin.
On the hunt for answers that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine’s private life—and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.
Thoughts before reading this book:
I wasn’t expecting much from this book…..I did read reviews and saw that this book also won some award but this was one of those books that even though there was a lot of praise, you don’t feel like reading it….atleast it was like that for me.
Still one of my friends recommended and so I finally decided to give it a go!
So what did I feel about it:
I wont say that my mind was blown or that the story was extraordinary, but it was neither a boring read nor was it totally dull.
What I loved was the unpredictable, predictability of it (not sure if that even makes any sense) 😛
Skip past spoiler end if you wish to avoid to know who the killer is.
What I am trying to say is that from the very beginning author tries to show that Jace Everett is the killer, since all the evidence points towards him and the very obvious photo left behind by Celine which says the punch line of this book—
“He was my salvation,but he will also be my ruin.”
And then the character of ‘Grady’ is introduced and I, as a reader was convinced that he was the killer and this book is as usual and predictable and the author did a poor job and this and that…..
Cut to the ending and what do you know!…It was the author who got the last laugh, since No, Grady wasn’t the killer and in fact it was Jace Everett, which was already what the book started with..
That was brilliant….giving us the answer to the mystery from the beginning but making us believe that we know what’s going to happen and that we can predict the killer ,while all along the author had already given a start and end to the story already…..now that was genius and guess that’s what makes this book different from the others and eligible to earn that award.
Having said that there were also parts that I didn’t like…
I didn’t like how the book ended…..so after all the façade now that the killer is out and everything and Maggie finally fulfils her is mission but I felt it was very vague how they left the story as the culprit just gets the bail and Maggie goes on with her life….
I just feel that then what was the point of all the struggle shown via maggie to find the truth if nothing significant is done, she finds the killer and that’s it!
It felt as if Maggie didn’t want to find out who killed her best friend to give her justice and to prove that Celine didn’t kill herself but rather that she was just curious and wanted answers, which then makes the ending a very dull and non impact-full for me……also killing off Brady with no explanation whatsoever made it feel as if the writer got bored by the end of book and hence just wrote-in a quick filler and ended the book….all loose ties are left for some other time…
That may not be how it is but it surely gave me that feeling when I read the end and left me disappointed
Star rating: 2.5/5!
WOULD I READ THIS BOOK AGAIN SOMEDAY: NO
WOULD I WANT TO READ ANOTHER BOOK BY SAME AUTHOR: NO
Happy reading 😀