Torn by Cat Clarke

click meThe Pink Thing: Book 1

How did I get the book? I bought it.

Genre: Contemporary

First Impression: Thought provoking.

Synopsis: Four girls. One dead body. A whole lot of guilt.
Alice King isn’t expecting the holiday of a lifetime when she sets off with her classmates on a trip to the Scottish wilderness, but she’s not exactly prepared for an experience beyond her darkest nightmares…
Alice and her best friend Cass are stuck in a cabin with Polly, the social outcast, and Rae, the moody emo-girl. Then there’s Tara – queen of mean. Powerful, beautiful and cruel, she likes nothing better than putting people down.
Cass decides it’s time to teach Tara a lesson she’ll never forget. And so begins a series of events that will change the lives of these girls forever…
A compelling story of guilty secrets, troubled friendship and burgeoning love.

200 words (or less) review:  Wow was pretty much the first thing that came to mind after finishing Torn. I was still thinking about it days later…

We start the story with a memorial service held for Tara, because while she has been declared dead her body has still not been found. Alice, Polly and Cass are there, Rae is not. All four girls shared a cabin with Tara in Scotland and they all know what happened. Or do they?

Alice is eaten up by guilt, by what happened that night, what happened before, by what is happening now. It’s hard to feel sympathy with Alice when she starts going out with Tara’s brother and the more I learned the less I wanted to like her I still ended up doing just that.

Cat Clark has outdone herself with this story, it’s amazing. How all the girls deal with their involvement, the revelations, just about everything about this story makes it impossible to put it down until the last page is turned.

Recommend it?

Absolutely.

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