First Impression: Big boots to fill.
Synopsis: Elizabeth Valchar -pretty, popular, and perfect- wakes up the morning after her eighteenth birthday party on her family’s yacht, where she’d been celebrating with her six closest friends. A persistent thumping noise has roused her. When she goes to investigate, what she finds will change everything she thought she knew about her life, her friends, and everything in between. As Liz begins to unravel the circumstances surrounding her birthday night, she will find that no one around her, least of all Liz herself, was perfect-or innocent.
200 words (or less) review: On the UK release it says: “Packs the emotional punch of The Lovely Bones with the page-turning urgency of Nicci French. This is an incredible romantic thriller.”
That’s a lot to live up to, so with my expectations high I sat down on evening and I didn’t stop until the last page. Finding out why Elizabeth died wasn’t high on my priority list while reading but understanding Elizabeth and her history was much more interesting. As well as figuring out how Alex fitted into the story.
Liz is supposed to be this popular girl who has it all but it becomes clear early on that there is so much more to her. As you explore her past, with Alex’s commentary, you start to care a lot for a girl who made a pretty bad first impression worrying about her boots and hair.
Did it meet my expectations? Not in the way I expected. Emotionally I never cared about Elizabeth the way I did about Susie in The Lovely Bones. What made this book a great read was the story and character development for her and Alex. I will be reading Between again.