Rating: 4 stars

I want to give a thank you to NetGalley for this arc in exchange for an honest review!

“Everything is a game, Em. Whether you know it or not. Which means that sometimes a lie is more than just a lie. Sometimes it’s the only way to win.”

This book was a whirlwind for me. I don’t read many thriller novels, but I’ve seemed to be picking more and more up recently, and so far none have disappointed.

I was engaged for a good majority, but it was a little slow in the beginning, but that’s how most books are for me. I was on edge, anxious and felt uneasy the entire time I read this book. I wanted to know what happened so bad, but there were lots of twists and turns. It’s as if you think you know what happened, something would change, and you’d have to figure something else out.

I really did like the back and forth between present time and 15 years ago, I think it helped guide the story more smoothly. It was very engaging how 15 years ago also almost tied-in with the present day and Camp Nightingale. I also loved the writing in this book, it was simple but detailed enough to keep you going, and helped imagine what was going on.

“I remember seeing him quite a bit around camp, constantly tinkering and fixing. He was younger then, of course. Better looking. Possessed a brooding intensity that intimidated some, intrigued others.”

I think Emma’s character was really developed, and the tie-in with her mental illness played out well in this book. I liked how she saw Vivian, and somehow helped her out in the end.

The other characters like Franny, Lottie, and Chet, I didn’t like very much. They just seemed very mysterious, but also very rude people to begin with. Franny didn’t seem like that in the beginning but when the other girls went missing, she was different, a little off-putting.

The other thing which I felt wasn’t exactly needed, was the weird romance between Theo and Emma. I know at the end they agreed to start over, which is great because of all that happened, it felt like it was needed. I just don’t think that there needed to be a sign of romance because it just felt like a random add-on.

Overall, this was a very detailed, engaging thriller. I really enjoyed this novel, it was fairly intense and I think that this book is totally worth the read.

“Although their eventual fate remains a mystery, I’m certain that what happened to those girls is all my fault.” 

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