Published: September 26, 2006 by Broadway Books
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Psychological Thriller
Description: Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.
What I liked about this book:
- I appreciate the fact that this book covers some important issues such as cutting, substance abuse, lack of self-esteem, and other topics that tends to scare away audiences.
- This read was refreshing considering all the memoirs and true crime novels I've been burning through as of late.
- I enjoyed the characters that the author created in this book; each one had different personalities and conflicts that made this read quick and pleasant.
What I disliked about this book:
- The author gives several references to the main character, Camille, and how her relationship with her mother wasn't too great growing up. I wish that the character could have been given more flashback moments or a couple chapters revolving around her childhood years, so that the readers could really see why it led the character to exhibiting signs of unhealthy behaviors.
- The most disappointing point about this read was that the suspect was easily predictable; I managed to figure out who the culprit was early on without really needing to read on in the book to watch the plot reveal the killer.
- "The problem started long before that, of course. Problems always start long before you really, really see them."
- "Every tragedy that happens in the world happens to my mother, and this more than anything about her turns my stomach. She worries over people she’s never met who have a spell of bad chance. She cries over news from across the globe. It’s all too much for her, the cruelty of human beings."