Their lives are a lie. Their memories may not be real. A new young adult psychological thriller by #1 NYT bestselling author, Kelley Armstrong.
Blythe and her friends — Gabrielle, and brother and sister Tucker and Tanya — have always been a tight friend group, attending a local high school and falling in and out of love with each other. But an act of violence has caused a rift between Blythe and Tucker . . . and unexpected bursts of aggression and disturbing nightmares have started to become more frequent in their lives.
The strange happenings culminate in a shocking event at school: Gabrielle is found covered in blood in front of their deceased principal, with no memory of what happened.
Cracks in their friendship, as well as in their own memories, start appearing, threatening to expose long-forgotten secrets which could change the group’s lives forever. How can Blythe and her friends trust each other when they can’t even trust their own memories?
In this riveting thriller by Armstrong (the Royal Guide to Monster Slaying series), a shocking act of violence jars a group of teenagers into recovering hidden memories from their past. Ambitious, rule-abiding Blythe Warren, 17, and her friends Gabrielle, Tanya, and Tucker—students at a prestigious private STEM academy—have been close for as long as they can remember. But the teens are stunned when typically mild-mannered Gabrielle vehemently claims that the school's security camera is "watching us. It's always watching." Blythe later finds Gabrielle disoriented and mysteriously drenched in blood near their vice principal's dead body. The quartet are suddenly plagued by terrifying nightmares and misremembered recollections, which reveal a covert plan carried out by adults in their lives that was, it seems, meant to protect them from a traumatizing truth. Through punchy prose, Armstrong explores fascinating questions of personhood, identity, and the role of memory in creating a sense of self. While underdeveloped plotlines leave many questions unanswered, fans of mind-bending psychological thrillers will find a lot to love in this labyrinthine read. Central characters are white. Ages 12–up.
I received this ARC for an honest review. Kelley Armstrong wrote an impressive mystery. I don't know what to say about this book because anything I say might give too much away. This story is about a group of teenagers (names are Bliss, Tucker, Tanya, Devon & Callum) that are trying to figure out what is wrong with their friend Gabi. The only hint I will give is that all their parents work for the same company CMT.
You think Kelley Armstrong is guiding you down one path then you realize you gone down a completely different path. I love the quality of writing in Kelley Armstrong's books. She knows how to pull you into the story, and you don't want it to end.
This story isn't just a YA novel it's also a mystery. I enjoyed trying to figure it out. Kelley Armstrong knows how to write believable characters. You can see yourself reacting like her characters.
I highly recommend this book. I enjoyed it immensely.