Perhaps not the greatest novel of all time, but hauntingly beautiful all the same. It drew me in from page one, and since, I found I could not stop reading.
You know a book's good when you start skimming the pages like crazy trying to get to the one after. The suspense and events at the end had me sitting near the edge of my bed as I tried to keep myself from skipping to the end to see what happens to all the characters and those poor children!
It reminded me so much of my old school days when I was obsessed with Christopher Pike's books and read most all of them. In fact, the way the story was told, the characters were formed and the setting was outlined was very reminiscent of Pike's old books - think Remember Me, Spellbound, Whisper of Death, Witch, Bury Me Deep, The Lost Mind, Die Softly etc. (I actually think I need to reread some of his books now!).
A great debut from Victoria Schwab, and I really wish more authors like her, with great storytelling mastery, would rise above all the silly mainstream stories that have become popular now.