OH MY GOD!
I knew I would enjoy this book. Mystery, YA, Small Town Setting & Agatha Christie references? Right up my alley. But I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did.
I’m finding that now that I have read a lot more mysteries It’s harder to surprise me and it’s harder for it to not be predictable. This one thought knocked it out of the park on both accounts.
I really enjoyed both the POVs we followed. Both Alice & Iris were fleshed out and enjoyable characters. I was invested in both their stories quickly & I also enjoyed that both of them had their own background issues happening alongside the main mystery.
I really enjoyed the discussion around societal status that happened throughout. It wasn’t a major part of the story but I enjoyed that the conversation was there and that we followed MCs from two different walks of life and showed that they both had struggles. Just because one of the MCs had money and a big house and whatever else, didn’t mean everything was perfect. Which is a topic that isn’t discussed much outside of standard fiction. So it was good seeing it in a mystery.
As for the plot and mystery itself, it kept me on my toes. There were many twists & turns. You didn’t know who was telling the truth or who was bribing who to not tell the truth. Definitely a gripping read! I devoured this one in 3 days which, considering I’m coming out of a reading slump, isn’t a bad effort. It was also very unpredictable. There wasn’t a single thing I guessed before it was revealed or the girls started putting the dots together themselves.
The only thing that slightly annoyed me or more confused me was the constant use of Alice’s full name. Like I know throughout that some of the characters are nicknamed as their last name, which fine. However, throughout the story most of the time that Alice was mentioned it was ‘Alice Ogilvie’ yet no one else was referred to as that. I know ‘Alice Ogilvie’ was some what infamous after last summers events but was the full name thing really necessary? I don’t know.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend checking it out! I will definitely be looking into both Liz Lawson & Kathleen Glasgows other work and if these two come out with another book together I will be getting my hands on it ASAP!
If you have any recommendations for other books by these authors please let me know!