Picked this up from the bookshop yet again from the table by the café. Back of the book sold it to me about life in a small community. A 13-year-old girl who finds a body and a teacher searching for her sister and discovering her life was not what it seemed.
I thought as I live in a small community I might relate to it. Sadly though as this is set in the USA I really couldn’t relate to the community at all. I was very thankful that I didn’t live there as it seemed like the most small-minded snobbish divided place.
That said the book did make me think about the cruelty of children to each other. There is a truly horrific food fight when one class picks on just one girl and you just say a big thank you that it has never happened to you. Or more importantly to any of your children. The result for the girl who gets bullied is so sad and reminds you for kids that bully it may be one kid they pick on just for a while and then they move on with their lives. For the kid they bully they leave a lasting legacy.
The book is a thriller and in this its very good. You don’t actually know if Ronnie the sister is alive till the end of the book. The body that is found at the beginning well it stays in the woods throughout the whole book till you can almost smell the stench yourself.
Did I enjoy this book? Well in a strange way I did in that it captured my imagination. It was well written with fully rounded characters. The issue I had was that I disliked the community intensely and found little to like about any of the characters. So a mixed review overall and not sure I would pass it on to others. On the plus side I am very pleased to live in my small community.