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Blog Tour Review - The Only Way Out is Death by Varun Gwalani

 Blog Tour Review - The Only Way Out is Death by Varun Gwalani Twelve powerful people are kidnapped and imprisoned in an empty hotel. Each one of them has three choices: Live out the rest of their days peacefully in the hotel, Die by suicide so the rest of their companions can go free, Or murder one of their companions so they alone can go free. The Only Way Out is Death follows the story of these twelve people from the perspective of a young lawyer, Kiriaki, told as the events unfold. She has to forge messy alliances, navigate complex relationships and feuds, and, above all, try to stay alive. Meanwhile, the mastermind of this death game is lurking just out of view, watching them closely, making sure they are primed for murder. Will Kiriaki find the mastermind before it's too late for her? Will she outmanoeuvre the cutthroats before they cut her throat? There are twelve selfish lives in the hotel. Will it end in twelve selfish deaths? The Only Way Out is Death is a fascinating nov

Review - The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth

Review - The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth

The night Cameron Post's parents died, her first emotion was relief. Relief they would never know that hours earlier, she'd been kissing a girl.

Now living with her conservative Aunt in small-town Montana, hiding her sexuality and blending in becomes second nature to Cameron until she begins an intense friendship with the beautiful Coley Taylor.

Desperate to 'correct' her niece, Cameron's Aunt takes drastic action.

Now Cameron must battle with the cost of being her true-self even if she's not completely sure who that is.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is very much a book of two halves.

The first half deals with Cameron growing up, and discovering her sexuality, in early 90s Montana, in a small town where homosexuality is seen very much as a sin. The second half of the book deals with what happens when Cameron's homosexuality is discovered, and she's sent to a Christian school to be 'reformed'.

The first half is excellent. Cameron's coming of age and self-discovery happens in a slow, well paced way and it's really interesting to watch her go from relationship to relationship, struggling with her feelings, finding people who understand her and who help her understand herself, and fall in love.

The turning point in the middle of the book was very powerful, so much so that I had to put it down and walk away from it for a while until I felt emotionally ready to read on.

Unfortunately the second half of the book let it down a bit for me. I think I was expecting the Christian school to be worse than it was, and instead of packing a powerful emotional punch, Cameron just kind of meandered through it to an inconclusive ending. There didn't feel like there was any great struggle or conflict for her towards the end of the book, which was precisely when I was expecting it to really go up a notch.

Overall it's a great coming of age novel, dealing with important issues, but for me, it just didn't deliver on its early promise..


The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth is out now, published by Penguin Random House

I was given a review copy via Netgalley in return for an honest review.


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