I received this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve been super excited for this novel and I was super happy to get it from NetGalley and the publishers. I always try to wait to read the book as close to the publishing date as possible, but this novel was the hardest to wait for! Anyways, here is my review:
Dahlia Waller’s childhood is full of memories of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and lies. She traveled the country with her eccentric mother, not knowing why they were always on the run. Now that she is older, Dahlia has done everything in her power to move away from that life. But there’s one thing stopping her from moving on: her questions about her past. And in order to get the answers to her questions, Dahlia must go back to her mother, a woman now on the brink of madness. But after she discovers 3 grave-like mounds on a neighbouring farm, she’ll learn that some questions are better left unanswered.
For all the hype this novel received, it was highly disappointing. I had expected the novel to be fast-paced but it was quite slow. I didn’t mind that, in all honesty, as it allowed the author to build up the tension. However, there were so many useless things that were thrown into this story. There was a girl whom Dahlia found in the woods, and why this event was even a part of the story is something I’m still wondering. I liked the different perspectives of the story, but it was fairly easy to predict and so, I started to lose some interest. I didn’t really like Dahlia’s character at all; there were so many different ways that she could have approached her problems and she just …. didn’t. Her mother was definitely more interesting – I’m pretty sure her character is the reason why I continued with the story. Overall, this story wasn’t anything special. There was nothing wrong with the pacing but the way the story was presented as well as the predictability of the “truth” just made it lose marks for me. Unfortunately, it wasn’t worth the hype.