My rating: 4 of 5 stars
‘In a world of privilege, seduction, and manipulation, only one sister will live to tell the truth.’
I’m a sucker for boarding school settings, so this one intrigued as soon as I saw it.
It starts the first chapter/prologue with one twin being dead and the other accused of murdering her without revealing who is who. Loved that start. It hooked me right off the bat.
Next chapter we go back to see how it all started. You see the story through different POVs. The twins POV, Bel and Rose, make up the majority, as well as Sarah, one of the dorm heads at Odell Academy, an elite boarding school.
I enjoyed reading everyones perspective and how I could relate to all sides of some arguments. The twins have a rough time after the death of their mother and their coping strategies are very different.
Rose was always the calmer one, she was studious and serious, cared about their education. She’s very logical and practical. For her Odell is a chance, one she is determined to take.
Bel, on the other hand, was always more of a so-called free spirit. She was quite like her mother in that way. You could say she was rebellious, hang with the rough crowd and cared more about having fun, being liked and accepted and being able to do to her own thing.
The sisters, while not being the best of friends, were always there for each other, but the circumstances slowly drew them apart. Bel was struggling very hard with their mother’s death, while Rose didn’t have that many feeling about it, at least way more complicated ones. Bel was her mothers favourite and that distanced Rose a bit from her.
Roses wanted to go to Odell, Bel didn’t. regardless Bel hit it off with Darcy, a senior and troublemaker right away, while Rose had a harder time finding friends. That and some instances came between the sisters until one of them was dead.
About halfway through I was certain what had happened, but that didn’t matter (I was right btw). It’s more about the journey anyway.
What I found was brilliantly done, was how Michele Campbell managed to change my sympathies for certain characters completely. I loved them and in the end, I hated them. I wasn’t that into them and at the end I admired them.
I liked the writing style, the switching POVs and the police reports/protocols in between. That gave the story a different dynamic than most.
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