Zoe Maisey is a 17-year-old musical prodigy with a genius IQ. Three years ago she was involved in a tragic incident that left three classmates dead. She served her time, and now her mother, Maria, is resolved to keep that devastating fact tucked far away from their new beginning, hiding the past even from her new husband and demanding Zoe do the same.
Tonight Zoe is giving a recital that Maria has been planning for months. It needs to be the performance of her life. But instead, by the end of the evening Maria is dead.
In the aftermath everyone - police, family, Zoe's former solicitor, and Zoe herself - tries to piece together what happened. But as Zoe knows all too well, the truth is rarely straightforward, and the closer we are to someone, the less we may see.
©2016 Gilly Macmillan (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
There was nothing wrong with the narrators, they were more than adequate, but I feel like the story was misrepresented. It was pitched as being more suspense, but it was mostly just a look inside one traumatized family. If I had known that beforehand I might have enjoyed it more, but I mostly felt that nothing really HAPPENED in the book. Not terrible, but not great.
What I thought was a great ride in a really good story turn into one of those mind blowing adventures you completely didn't expect to be on and are so grateful you happened to become swept up in. I loved this book! It was my first by this author and I am so excited to see there are more for me to devour. The narrator deserves a mention as well, as she was excellent. Definitely recommend and hope you enjoy as much as I did.
Zoe Guerin, child prodigy and genius, is living her Second Chance life after accidentally killing three students in a DWI accident and spending 18 months in "the unit" for murder. Now her mother, Maria, her step-brother Lucas, step-father Chris and new baby sister Grace all live in the big Second Chance house and appear to be the perfect family; because Chris and Lucas don't know what about Zoe's secret past, because Maria says they don't talk about that in the Second Chance family.
As we learn more about the Second Chance family we meet Zoe's solicitor, Sam, Aunt Tessa and Uncle Richard and how they intertwine into the lives of Zoe's family. The characters develop as the story unfolds with murder, infidelity, alcoholism, secrets, abuse, and some very hard decisions.
I struggled with mixed feelings about Zoe, because we're told how smart she is but then perpetually see her do stupid things, and it's difficult to rationalize, which I think specifically is related to poor character development, although the other characters seemed fully developed, and didn't have any staggering inconsistencies.
The narrators did an excellent job, and it was easy to distinguish between characters. I found the story to be a little anti-climactic for me, which is why I only gave it 3 stars, but the performance helped make up for it. I still overall liked the book, and it was still a credit well spent.
this book was way too predictable I knew exactly how it was going to go within a matter of minutes. Although it was good writing the storyline could have used a lot of work better luck next time...
How frustrating to purchase a book that sounds so familiar once it starts but the release date says it is new. Waste of time!!
She's has captivated me yet again. Her endings always have you think one way and it turns into a totally different direction. The readers chosen do a perfect job!
Do not buy. Same book was released March 2016. Very disappointed. This release is September 2016. Same book
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