Disclaimer: I received an eARC copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I read this book as part of Gothtober readathon for the Murder prompt of the #HelHounds Team, and here are my thoughts on it!
TW: mention of rape, abuse from parent
My Review: Wasted Potential
With such a cool premise, this story could really have gone places. Sadly, it did not and I was left disappointed.
I came into this novel expecting it to be dark and evil. Instead, this novel read more like a YA story to me. The immature tone took me aback because I was expecting our MC to be less of a girly-girl and more dangerous. However, I got used to it and it did bring some hilarity to the story.
The author chose to tell this story from multiple perspectives. In my opinion, that was a mistake. I didn’t really care for the voices of the other characters because they just weren’t as interesting as Chloe. Since the entire story was about finding out who the mystery killer was, giving other characters their own chapters meant that the readers’ suspect list was shortened and it became easier to guess the identity of the killer.
The only character I really wanted to know more about was Chloe. Sure, Charlie and Andre had some interesting elements to them – but they paled in comparison to what Chloe could bring to the table. Sadly, I didn’t feel satisfied with Chloe’s psychopathic ways. I wanted her to be even smarter, even more ruthless than how she was depicted here.
There are 2 different plot lines going on in this story. I was more invested in the revenge plot that Chloe had than the murder plot that took over the story. Neither one had much tension, and I was disappointed with both of them.
Ultimately, this book failed on multiple levels. It was easy to read but didn’t keep me interested and the resolution of conflict was disappointing. Sadly, I’m giving this 1/5 stars.