Published by Sourcebooks Fire on August 4th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
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Scarlett Garner doesn’t remember anything before the age of four—but a car accident changes everything. She starts to remember pieces of a past that frighten her. A past her parents hid from her…and a secret that could get her killed.
I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about this one. There is quite a bit wrong with it, but there is also quite a bit good with it as well. I haven’t read Natasha’s first book The Cellar, but I’ve heard amazing things about it. And this one. Well, it has mixed reviews. A lot of them.
From the very beginning of the book, I almost DNF’d it. It was just not the greatest. In the beginning of this book we meet Scarlett and she doesn’t remember anything before the age of five. Which okay, Very few people remember things before that age. It’s NORMAL. There are only a handful of memories that I remember before turning five. And honestly, some of them may have happened when I was five. Who knows. Or maybe my brain is making some of them up. But it is absolutely 100% NORMAL to not remember a whole lot, if at all, from your early childhood. So that right there bugged me so much.
The other thing is that the romance in this book is just so…ugh. It’s undoubtedly a case of insta-love and definitely not in the good way. They went from meeting each other to basically planning their futures. Really? I’m pretty sure that’s not how it works in the real world. And because of these two things, it really put the book down for me.
So, why am I giving this book 3 stars, you ask? Because of the creep factor. Natasha Preston may not be the greatest at giving the relationship the main focus, but the creepiness that she instills within her writing, is quite spectacular. So much so that it bumped up my rating. And shows me that Natasha is still talented but she should probably stick to the mystery/thriller with a romance in the background not in the foreground. So will I check out The Cellar, absolutely.
Overall, it’s an okay read. If you don’t like insta-love, stay away from this. But if it doesn’t bother you too much, then go ahead and give this one a go. The mystery and thrill behind the insta-love wasn’t bad.