- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (June 21, 2011)
Sarah Weaver wasn't looking forward to starting at an all-girls school. But that was before she met Maddy. Maddy and her best friend, Agnes, are fun and rich and interesting-and for some reason, they seem to really like Sarah. Before long, Maddy and Agnes have moved Sarah into a big house off campus, where they cook together, buy each other presents, and share each other's secrets. So why does Sarah feel like something's bizarrely wrong? As more and more cracks start to show in Maddy's and Agnes's perfect veneers, Sarah notices some strange and disturbing things: Maddy's compulsive lying, Agnes's obsession with Maddy, and the deterioration of their friendship. And just when Sarah begins to question her own sanity, things turns deadly. Fans of Pretty Little Liars will devour this juicy debut novel.
What first attracted me to this book was the great cover (yeah, I'm a sucker for pretty book covers) and that in the description it suggests that fans of the Pretty Little Liars book series by Sara Shepard would enjoy it. After reading this book though I don't see how being a fan of that series would have anything to do with this book. In my opinion there is no resemblance between them other than characters lying about things. I was very disappointed in this book. The storyline was just too over the top (and not in a good way) and other than Agnes I didn't find the characters interesting. I wasn't able to connect with any of them. I constantly questioned why Sarah didn't walk away from her friendship when she constantly had reason to. It didn't make sense how even though she knew certain things she still allowed herself to be manipulated and believed lies told by a known liar. At times it felt like the author was grasping at straws to explain certain character's behaviors. Don't even get me started on the ending. I was holding out hope that maybe the ending would redeem the rest of the book when in fact it turns out that it was the biggest let down of them all. It wrapped up quickly and not that interestingly.
I received a copy for review from the publisher. Any opinions expressed are my own.