Friday, 19 June 2015

Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group, and NetGalley.
Charlie, Presumed Dead
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In Paris, family and friends gather to mourn the tragic passing of Charlie Price—young, handsome, charming, a world-traveler—who is presumed dead after an explosion. Authorities find only a bloodied jacket, ID’d as Charlie’s. At the funeral, two teens who are perfect strangers, Lena Whitney and Aubrey Boroughs, make another shocking discovery: they have both been dating Charlie, both think Charlie loved them and them alone, and there is a lot they didn’t know about their boyfriend. Over the next week, a mind-bending trip unfolds: first in London—then in Mumbai, Kerala, and Bangkok, the girls go in search of Charlie. Is he still alive? What did their love for him even mean? The truth is out there, but soon it becomes clear that the girls are harboring secrets of their own. 

No one knows whom to trust in this thrilling tale of suspense and deception.

Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Charlie, Presumed Dead(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group, and NetGalley.)

“Charlie was lying to us,” Aubrey explains. “About more than the fact that there is an us.”

This was an interesting mystery story, and I really liked the ending (even if it was a massive cliff-hanger).

Aubrey and Lena were quite different characters, but both had loved Charlie, and both had secrets. I was pretty shocked when I found out what Charlie was holding over Aubrey, but I didn’t really understand why Lena was so sure that Charlie had faked his own death.

“What if he faked his death? What if he’s alive?”

Charlie on the other hand – oh dear me – he was just an ass. Starting a relationship with a another girl when you have a long-term girlfriend? Making lists to keep your two girlfriends straight in your head? Crazy! And as the story went along, he just became an even bigger ass, and his sanity seemed to be a little missing too.

“You look at her and all you see are her huge blue angel eyes. But you already have an angel.”

The storyline in this followed Lena and Aubrey as they travelled all over the world looking for Charlie. The things these girls did were pretty crazy, and they made some seriously dodgy decisions! In fact even the story of how Aubrey met Charlie was one huge bad decision. Who on earth gets invited into a strangers flat and just goes along with it? Is she stupid? He could be a rapist!

“You have nowhere to go?”
“I have nowhere to go. Nowhere to be either.”

The romance in this was one crazy mess of relationships and cheating, I’m not even going to try to explain it.

“Charlie hates olives more than anything,” I correct her.
“No, no, no,” Lena says, sitting bolt upright in bed. “You’re wrong. You’re thinking of someone else. He adores them.”

The ending to this was a massive cliff-hanger, but I have to say that I actually liked it. Everything built up, we got some huge revelations, some more crazy situations, and one heck of a lot of poop for these two girls to deal will! Totally nuts, but seriously good.
7 out of 10

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