Monday, 28 September 2015

BOOK REVIEW: SUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLS - LYNN WEINGARTEN

THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO ME FOR FREE IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW
TITLE: Suicide notes from beautiful girls
AUTHOR: Lynn Weingarten
PUBLISHER: Electric monkey
RELEASE DATE: July 2nd 2015
PAGE COUNT: 352
SOURCE: E-Arc from netgalley
GOODREADS: x
SYNOPSIS: 
They say Delia burned herself to death in her stepfather’s shed. They say it was suicide.

But June doesn’t believe it.

June and Delia used to be closer than anything. Best friends in that way that comes before everyone else—before guys, before family. It was like being in love, but more. They had a billion secrets, tying them together like thin silk cords.

But one night a year ago, everything changed. June, Delia, and June’s boyfriend, Ryan, were just having a little fun. Their good time got out of hand. And in the cold blue light of morning, June knew only this—things would never be the same again.

Now Delia is dead. June is certain she was murdered. And she owes it to her to find out the truth…which is far more complicated than she ever could have imagined.

Sexy, dark, and atmospheric, Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls will keep you guessing until the very last page.

MY THOUGHTS:
I'm honestly not sure what to make of this book. I don't read a lot of thrillers so this isn't something that I'd usually gravitate towards, but something about the synopsis just drew me in.

The plot was definitely intriguing, and it had a lot of twists and turns that I didn't expect or see coming. I was really interested to find out about what happened to Delia and the mystery in the story always kept me turning the pages. There's a certain thing that happens about half way through (it's so hard not to spoil things right now. You know what I'm talking about if you read it.) that I know a lot of people didn't like, but I actually thought it was a pretty interesting direction for the story to take even though it wasn't what I thought I was getting into. 

The story's dark and a little bit disturbing, and that's one of the things that I really liked about it! I thought Lynn Weingarten did really well at creating the atmosphere, and her writing worked brilliantly for the kind of mysterious, dark tone of the book. She definitely didn't gloss over anything which made the book so much more realistic and creepy. There are a few things I picked out that could be really triggering to people, so I'd definitely avoid this if you know you're sensitive to content involving suicide, rape/sexual assault, abortion and drug abuse. 

My main problem with this book was that I just couldn't connect to it. Everybody has those books which are perfectly well written and well plotted, but they just couldn't get into personally, and this book was like that for me. I do think a lot of this problem lay with the characters; none of them really stood out to me, and they just weren't well developed or interesting enough for me to form an attachment to. The relationships between them all seemed kind of strange and unnatural (with the exception of Delia and June's past friendship, which I thought was pretty well developed by a very effective use of flashbacks) and I just couldn't bring myself to really care what happened to them.

For me, one of the most important kind of things about any mystery/thriller stories is the ending. Of course the ending is important in all books, but in ones like this I think it's really important to wrap everything up and solve the mystery. Whilst suicide notes... had a fittingly unsettling and shocking climax, I just didn't feel like things were wrapped up properly. There were a few things that we never really found out about or had explained and the story didn't feel completely finished to me (as far as I know, there's not going to be a sequel).

IN CONCLUSION:
Suicide notes from beautiful girls is an atmospheric, compelling and suitably disturbing mystery story with some good plot twists and tension filled writing, but unfortunately I just couldn't connect to the characters or to the story as a whole. I really liked parts of it, but in the end I was left a little bit underwhelmed by the conclusion and I don't think it's really going to stand out to me from other books I've read.

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