Monday, October 14, 2013

Pretty Girl by JC Burke

The Blurb:
One girl's dead. One's in hospital. And one has a secret. Paige, Sarah, Jess and Tallulah were best friends at school. Now they've begun university and are living together at college, but it's not turning out like it's meant to. Tallulah's partying too hard, Jess is being secretive, Paige is embarrassing herself with an unrequited crush, and Sarah's struggling to keep up with her wealthier friends. One night, Sarah saves Paige from drowning in the university swimming pool. Paige can't remember why she was there, and Sarah's too afraid to say what she thought she saw. Then Jess's body is found outside the college laundry. It's not until Sarah meets the gorgeous and charming Jonny that she can tell someone her suspicions. But what really did happen that night at the pool? And what connects Paige's accident with Jess's death? As Paige starts to piece together her memories, the most terrifying question becomes clear: could it be happening again?

Here’s another book in the new and popular genre of New Adult. It’s a great psychological thriller, the likes we generally only see in adult fiction. Chapters are broken up between Paige, who’s had an accident, and is recovering from a head injury in a fancy private hospital, and Sarah, who’s dealing with the aftermath of the accident and the death of their other friend Jess. Through Paige’s chapters we piece together what happened before the accident and find out why she started to distance herself from her friends. When Sarah meets Jonny, she also starts to distance herself from her friends, and we begin to see that there may be something sinister going on.
As an adult who quite likes a good mystery and thriller I could pick pretty early on what was happening and could see the links between the characters, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book. It’s the sort of book you will read in one sitting because the way the story unravels; you need to keep going to put all of the puzzle pieces together.

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