Rating: 3.3 Stars.
Adrien and Grace grew up in the same household, although hated each other throughout much of their childhood and adolescent life. After their parents die, Adrien takes off to a boarding school far away to gain distance, and Grace stays put. When Adrien makes the difficult decision to return, he suspects foul play in his parents murder and thinks Grace knows more than she’s telling.
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it was a page turner. I flew through this piece. The suspense was riveting, and the writing was quick and fluid. I kind of liked Adrien amidst all his challenges.
On the other hand, there were a few believability issues I had. The potent hate between the siblings at times was just too hard to understand. There just didn’t seem to be clear reasons why it lasted so long. I could understand the origin, but I really didn’t get the continued hatred. I also didn’t understand the unpleasantness that everyone saw in him, and why he behaved the way he did. Regardless, there were some really likable characters. Julian and Viktor were adorable (although a little too “flawless”), and Josh was quite cute. I’m not going to address specifics about the ending, but I really didn’t find it plausible.
Recommendations: If you like something dark and twisty, this could work for you. Its quite a quick read.