7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A pretty good YA debut,
This review is from: Heart-shaped Bruise (Hardcover)
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Tanya Byrne is a much-hyped new talent and is probably a writer to watch in the future. I liked this novel but had some serious reservations. The structure was great - each of Emily's sessions with Dr Gilyard revealing more of her history and the events which have led to her incarceration. This is a taut and engrossing narrative which draws the reader in and doesn't let go until the bitter end. But it's the end which is a problem...
The ending of this novel was too abrupt and inconclusive. Having invested so much in the story and the development of the three main characters - Sid, Nancy/Juliet, and Rose/Emily - I felt cheated by the inadequacy of the closing pages. The author may feel that she's giving the readers credit by leaving them to figure things out and create their own ending, but there's not enough to go on. What exactly happened? Did people live or die? Did anyone beg for mercy? Did Emily feel satisfied that she'd achieved what she set out to do?
The lack of an emotionally engaging finale let down an otherwise gripping story, and that's the reason for a 3-star review.