Another day, another book review.
This is a book that has been on my TBR for quite some time. I remember seeing it advertised on Instagram before it came out and being instantly hooked. Whilst in the midst of Christmas present shopping, I found it in the back of my local bookshop on the reduced shelf and just knew I had to buy it. And read it. And loved it. All of which I did.
Featuring the much-loved 80s teen stereotypes borrowed from Breakfast Club, this debut novel features just the right balance between teen angst and murder. That classic combination.
Five students enter detention: A Jock, A Geek, A Princess, A Criminal … and the boy who exposes the secrets of the students around him, for the horror and the entertainment of others. It all seems very normal … that is until only four students leave detention alive. Suddenly suspected of murder, Bronwyn, Addy, Cooper, and Nate struggle with the exposure of their secrets, the invasion of the press into their lives, and one deep, dark thought: one of us is lying … one of us is a murderer.
Pheww, this book is such a rollercoaster. Even when I thought I had the briefest of ideas of what this book was about, it still had me gripped and fascinated. I devoured this book in under two days and was left reeling once I had finished. The plot is so well thought out and so full of hidden secrets that you are left adamant that it was none of the suspects and wondering if it was all of them.
I think I have well and truly fallen in love with this book. The writing style is intimate and engaging. The characters are so well thought out and developed that you genuinely feel as though you could be going to school with them. I am not normally a fan of books that are written from multiple perspectives but the short and snappy narration of this story was refreshing and full of suspense and continually left you asking questions.
So, why should you read this book?
Put quite simply, it is a work of art. It was like nothing I have read before and truly was transformative. I am completely wonderstruck that this is a debut novel because it is written with such sophistication and elegance that you would almost expect it to be true. Karen M. McManus is definitely a writer to keep on your radar and I can’t wait to see what she writes next.
What about you? What were your thoughts?