Kensington Books, trade pb, 312 p.
There are some girls who have everything…This was a great choice to kick off my reading for the R.I.P. III Challenge. A gothic story with hints of witchcraft, and a mysterious disappearance, that kept me guessing right to the end. It’s also about family secrets, friendship, betrayal, and the realisation that things are often not what they seem. The author did a good job maintaining an ominous mood throughout as, like Maddie, I came to be suspicious of pretty much everyone in the town and even now I’m left wondering what other secrets lay buried. Not everything has been resolved in this book, setting up for the sequel, but it still built up to a nicely dramatic, satisfying climax. I hope that we get to learn more about some of the characters that weren’t too expanded on this time in the next book and I’m curious to see Maddie’s character grow and develop. I did think it lagged just a little in the middle, and it had a bit of an I Know What You Did Last Summer ending, but these are minor complaints. Overall it was a fast, exciting read and I’m looking forward to the next book when it comes out next year.
She has the right clothes, the right friends, and the right last name, but fifteen-year-old Maddie Crane sometimes feels like an outsider in her clique in the wealthy, seaside town of Hawthorne, Massachusetts. And when her gorgeous, eccentric cousin Cordelia LeClaire moves to town, Maddie is drawn toward her ethereal, magical spirit and teeters even more toward the edge of her friends’ tightly-knit circle...
Then there are the jealous ones…
Kate Endicott and the Sisters of Misery—a secret clique of the most popular, powerful girls in school—are less than thrilled by Cordelia’s arrival. When Kate’s on-again, off-again boyfriend Trevor takes an interest in Cordelia, the Sisters of Misery become determined to make her pay…
Now Maddie must choose between the allure and power of the Sisters of Misery and her loyalty to her beloved cousin. But she’ll have to give up on ever fitting in and accept the disturbing truth about the town, her friends, her mysterious cousin, and even herself as she faces the terrifying wrath of the Sisters of Misery…
Thank you to Kensington Books for sending me a copy of this book.
Visit the author's blog here. Read an excerpt from Sisters of Misery here.
My Rating: 4/5
(#39 for 2008, R.I.P. III Challenge)
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