Review by: Bethany
Page count: 352 pages
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
In stock: Yes
Shout out to Goodreads for articulating what I cannot with the following synopsis:
As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.
But Ani has a secret.
There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.
Sounds good, right? Well, it was. There is a correlation to Gone Girl in this book that I do understand— deeply flawed/dark characters. Our “protagonist” Ani is a real piece of work, but not without good reason. Like Gillian Flynn, Jessica Knoll has written about a character whose horrific past has turned her into the person she is today. My opinion of Ani was constantly flip-flopping, but I was ultimately incredibly sympathetic towards her. She is, dare I say, relatable!
It’s hard to talk about this book in great depth without giving away some of the unexpected plot points. Anticipation and mystery are the best parts of a book and I would hate to deprive anyone of that, so just read it and then talk about it with me.
If you’re looking for a something a little grittier than your average novel, I’d head to your local independent bookstore and snag yourself a copy.