Sometimes sorry isn’t enough
Emily cannot wait for the holidays! Even though her best friend will be on a family trip, Em is excited about the prospect of getting a little closer to the boy she’s been eyeing for some time. The only catch? He’s her best friend’s boyfriend, Zach.
Chase lives a lie. He’s from the “wrong side of the tracks,” but he is Ascension High School’s star quarterback. He does everything he can to be the perfect golden boy. But things, like always, are never what they seem. Actions from his past are coming back to haunt him.
The phrase “what goes around, comes around” is the basis for Elizabeth Miles’ tale of three beautiful women who choose those who will find retribution for their past deeds.
In this case, Emily and Chase have been chosen.
With her cautionary tale for teens, Miles seems to be creating work in the trend of Lauren Oliver and Paige Harbison. Miles, like the others, is attempting to teach teens to be nicer, asking them to remember that what they do now could haunt them later.
That is essentially where the similarities end. From nearly the beginning, you sense something a little more sinister in Miles’ story. As I was reading, there were points where I had chills up my spine, a sure sign of that anticipation that keeps me on edge when I am reading. What is also unique about Miles’ book is how she has built reality into her fiction, in that not everyone gets a second chance to get it right. In life, we don’t always get a chance to right our wrongs, so it might be helpful to prevent the wrongs in the first place.
I found I had to keep reading to see where Miles would take me. As the story built, I became wrapped up in the lives of her characters, wanting to quickly find out what happened. However, it’s important to note that this is the first in a trilogy, so quick is not the pace of this novel. There is, as in any first of a series, quite a bit of back story. Since I know a story is going to build, I don’t find this bothersome at all.
Miles has done a great job of starting this series. I can’t wait to see where she heads next!
Robin Gwaro is a founding book review blogger at Bookgateway.com and has generously supplied this review. She describes herself as “a woman just trying to keep it all together. Most days, I have the juggling act down! Others, I have the broom and dustpan handy to clean up the mess. My life is not always easy, it is not always neat, but it is always worth every minute!” Her personal blog is Just Wandering. Not Lost.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.