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If you follow me on IG, you’ll remember that a few weeks ago I posted a list of authors that I thought needed prayers because I’m convinced they are smoking something that’s messing with their brains for them to be able to write the bat-shit crazy shit they write. I would like to take this opportunity to add Shantel Tessier to that list. With the type of books I read, it is not uncommon that I have my “what the fuck” face on the whole time. But with this one, I actually said “what the fuck” out loud several times. I was that flabbergasted at what I was reading. Every time I read something that made me go “wait, what? I got an explanation two pages later and then bam, another one. Do yourself a favour and read this book. It will be the best mind-fucking experience you have encountered in a long time. Just suspense, revelations, murder, secrets; just layers and layers of them and I loved every minute of it.
We meet Demi Holt, younger sister to Becky Holt. Demi has always felt invisible, unwanted and slightly slated by her sister. And she’s never been able to understand why. Neither do I, to be honest. But it could be that I didn’t read the previous 2 books. But there is something really wrong with Demi- she’s attracted to dark evil things. Her sister has hurt her repeatedly and finally she’s had enough and decides it’s time to take her revenge.
Now let’s pause here for a minute. Listen I get it. She’s a teenager and teenagers do stupid shit. But really? I can think of one or two ways to get my revenge without putting myself in harm’s way ON PURPOSE!! The shit she did with Deke to spike another motherfucker? In what world does hurting yourself on purpose a good idea just so you can get one over another person?
Anyway Deke Biggs is not one to be trifled with. By the time he was 18 years old, he’d already cold bloodedly killed 5 people. He is not to be fucked with. Unfortunately for him, this darkness of his is what attracts Demi to him in the first place. He tries to flip the script on her, but soon finds she is more than he bargained for.
Another pause please so we can reflect on another teenage foolery moment; Deke is loyal to Cole way beyond reason. I get it, loyalty is important and all that shit. But so much so that you’d blindly follow someone to the end of the world without any sense of right and wrong, you don’t ask questions as to why they’re doing that shit, you just help them with no sense of self-preservation atleast?
I know this is just a book, but where the fuck are these kids parents while they’re out here in these streets terrorizing people? I mean Becky and Demi are tearing strips out of each other. You mean to tell me no adult is seeing that shit? Nobody is picking up bad concerning vibes from neither of the girls? I mean Becky, what happened to her that has turned her into a despicable, yet seemingly broken girl to have such little value for herself? And Demi, she seemingly went from a nice girl to losing her shit overnight. Did I maybe miss that by not having read the first 2 books too because I’m still none the wiser from this book alone? Becky had everything- a hot, popular boyfriend, rich parents, freedom to do whatever she wanted etc. But for some reason she couldn’t help but partake in some
Boy let me tell you, there were a lot of secrets in this book. Never a dull moment. Just secret after secret after secret…just secrets everywhere. Just
After a while I started to realise there were more lies than truth in this story. And so much darkness from such young children. The beef between the sisters was just mind-blowing. My adult brain just couldn’t fathom why the fuck they thought the shit they were beefing over was worth thinking twice about. But as I already said, to put it politely
I would have loved to have seen what became of Becky in the end. I didn’t read the other two books and maybe I missed something by going straight into this one but fortunately I didn’t feel like I missed anything significant to have ruined the story for me. So if like me you didn’t read the first 2 books, don’t be put off by that. The author gives you enough to get the full satisfaction from this book. But I’m warning y’all now, there’s some shady shit in this book but
There’s a delicate balance between providing too much detail in a book that the reader gets bored or loses the essence of the story, and not writing enough detail thus leaving the reader wanting. Shantel found that balance perfectly. The book read beautifully; it captured my attention from the very first page. I especially loved that although it seemed the book was about Demi and Deke, we also got to hear from their friends throughout the book. Amazing stuff.
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