Thanks to Hachette Children’s Group and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
This book tells its story from two points of view, that of Imogen and Hannah, two teenagers with surprisingly developed career experience. Hannah has been sent to Iceland to live with her father after the death of her mother and Imogen is a popular social media influencer. I thought Imogen was the more strongly written and complex character of the two but don’t expect any Elizabeth Bennets or Jane Eyres here.
This book starts pretty well and I was hooked into the story however it quickly descends into an extremely hammy plot with soap opera-esque dialogue. Despite that, I found it to be quite a page turner despite everything.
My real issue with it was that it simply tried to cram in too much. We’ve got the main plot point of a (frankly ridiculous) murder but also commentary about the pressures of social media, fake news, a nod to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Russian media interference, journalistic integrity, fake news and sexual abuse. There’s also a rather tepid romance thrown in for good measure. The Russian slant was particularly cringe and borderline offensive. I also really didn’t like Hannah as a character and it’s difficult to fully enjoy a book when you can’t gel with a key character.
Overall, mildly entertaining but I had too many issues with it to really get much out of it.