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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Family secrets turn deadly in this edgy page-turner about the insidious limits of labels and the ties that bind just a little too tightly, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod.
Growing up, Adrien and his sister, Grace, competed viciously for everything. It wasn’t easy being the adopted sibling, but Adrien tried to get along; it was Grace who didn’t want anything to do with him. When their scientist parents died in a terrible lab fire, there was nothing left to hold them together.
Now, after years apart, Adrien and Grace are forced to reunite at the elite boarding school where their parents were teachers. Being back around everyone he used to know makes Adrien question the person he’s become, while being back around Grace makes him feel like someone he doesn’t want to be.
For as much as Adrien wants to move on, someone seems determined to reopen old wounds. And when Adrien starts to suspect that Grace knows more about their parents’ deaths than she let on, he realizes there are some wounds no amount of time can heal. If Adrien isn’t careful, they may even kill him.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“How do you think I should have been treated? Like some kind of long-term houseguest?”
“Like their adopted son.” She picked up her napkin and held it to the corner of her eye. It was a ploy for sympathy that she had used in the past, but there were no tears there. Not even the threat of tears. “Not like their actual son.”
This was an okay story, but it seemed to take a long while to get going.
Adrien was an okay character, and the way his sister Grace behaved towards him was pretty awful. Telling him that he shouldn’t have been treated as a proper son, he should have been treated differently because he was adopted was quite mean, and I could understand why he didn’t like her.
The storyline in this was about Adrien and Grace and the feud between them, and later in the story we did get a bit of mystery with regards to some anonymous text messages telling Adrien that Grace was doing something behind his back. This mystery element seemed to be introduced quite late in the story though, and the lack of it in the first half made it seem like nothing was really happening.
We did get a little bit of romance, and we did get a sort-of love triangle too. This wasn’t a big part of the storyline really though.
The ending to this was okay, and things seemed to come to a head quite suddenly, and really late in the book, and it wasn’t quite what I expected to happen.
6 out of 10