Published on 7th September by Simon Pulse
When Brie's sister, Faith, dies suddenly, Brie's world falls apart. As she goes through the bizarre and devastating process of mourning the sister she never understood and barely even liked, everything in her life seems to spiral farther and farther off course. Her parents are a mess, her friends don't know how to treat her, and her perfect boyfriend suddenly seems anything but.
As Brie settles into her new normal, she encounters more questions than closure: Certain facts about the way Faith died just don't line up. Brie soon uncovers a dark and twisted secret about Faith's final night...a secret that puts her own life in danger.
I enjoyed many things about this book. Firstly I like Brie as a character as she was quite believable and I enjoyed seeing how she dealt with all the things thrown at her despite the fact that it was horrific and everyone else in her life seems to be abandoning her when she needs them most. I liked her determination to find out more about her sister despite being constantly told to drop it and I like the final resolution she received as a result of her perserverance.
I enjoyed the secondary characters included in this book either because I hated them (Dustin and Amy) or because I liked them and the relationship they had with Brie (Alis and Tessa) and I through their background stories added to the book as a whole.
I found the whole story an unusual one as you start at the end almost and slowly work your way back through the mystery to work out what happened. It does take a while for things to finally unravel slowly but I didn't think it was too slow and I was happily engrossed throughout.
I found the whole religious cult story line a little distrubing (as I am sure it is intended) but I certainly think it is an issue that ought to be suitable addressed in Young adult fiction as it seems to me to be one of those things that when led by people of a less than savoury nature that quickly corrupts and ruins the lives (and families) of the young people drawn into them.
Overall a fab debut novel. This is certainly an author I will be watching out for.