I was all prepared to write this incredibly spoiler rich review; I mean, given what happens in the story...how could I not want to discuss it? (Trust me, it's worth discussing...and those of you that have read it, know exactly what I mean.) Instead....I took a moment to reflect on my thoughts and package them into a protective nutshell. Why protective? Well, there are a myriad of reasons for that. Right off the bat....this is most definitely NOT a Young Adult book, in my mind at least. I've seen it advertised as YA and Mystery/Thriller alike and I have to tend to agree with the later. The age of the characters fits YA but the story is quite something else. There are several HEAVY (and that's a word I placed in all capitals AND bold font....in case you doubt my meaning of 'heavy' here...) topics covered from rape to murder, emotional turmoil to severe mental instability, acute levels of fear to disguised courage...and the list goes on and on (or rather it could, but I won't...you get the picture, right?).
Second....the main character, Katherine. I can't honestly say why, but somehow I expected the ages and roles of the characters to be reversed...which actually ties into a second mini-irritation of mine in dealing with the time jumps. There are chapters that deal with past, present, and future and though the past and present ones made perfect sense to me, it wasn't until I was about two thirds of the way through that the future glimpses finally hit me, snapping into place pieces that didn't quite fit before but also unsettling a few my mind MADE fit at the time. After this revelation though....I was back to chugging right along the reading trail and turning pages faster and faster as I tried to imagine what on earth Alice (Katherine's new friend) was going to do next (really, she's one of those tragic cases you feel bad for but still love to NOT love).