Hardcover, 344 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Walker & Company
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 readers guessing.
The main character of this novel is very difficult to like and this made the entire novel less palatable than I would have liked it to be. At the heart of it, there is a mystery but it is not solved even slightly by the denouement of the novel. There are some clues that while intriguing do not impart much, if anything, about the deeper picture. Rose’s unwillingness to find out what happened, what really happened, to her mother and her boyfriend rings false.
I don’t understand why she wouldn’t want to know something about the person who meant the world to her. The reasons she gives for her unwillingness are frankly unbelievable and weak. Her romantic tensions with the boy who is not her stepbrother but would have been one had their parents gotten married is awkward as hell – like that fledgling stage when a foal is learning to walk. Also, there is a lot of gratuitous death in the novel – it seems like the deaths are more for entertainment and get less than the gravity they deserve. Murder is serious business and is not the child’s play this book would have you believe.
Despite all of these, the book is readable and the mystery functions to keep the reader reading. The slight suggestion of paranormalcy at the end of the novel has ensured that I will check out the sequel. Read at your own risk.