At first I was drawn into the story; however, it quickly developed into a YA novel with grownup crimes. The teenage romance was boring. I felt as if I was reading Nancy Drew discovers sex crimes. Also, I found it hard to detemine the time frame of the actions: when was Lila the victim; when is Lucy a teenager? The ending was very deus ex machina - a tornado which blows away all the loose ends. I would not recommend this to any of my reading group.
The persistent little girl voice that seem to dominate all the characters.
I think the author has talent. However, this book was marketed as a mystery/thriller/gothic and I just got young adult / teenage angst.
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