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 Blog Tour Review - Looking for Lucie by Amanda Addison "Where are you really from?" It's a question every brown girl in a white-washed town is familiar with, and one that Lucie has never been able to answer. All she knows is that her mother is white, she's never met her father, and she looks nothing like the rest of her family. She can't even talk about it because everyone says it shouldn't matter! Well, it matters to Lucie and-with her new friend Nav, who knows exactly who he is-she's determined to find some answers. What do you do when your entire existence is a question with no answer? You do a DNA test. Looking for Lucie is a fascinating look at what it is like growing up mixed race in contemporary Britain. It's a story about family and culture, and what they can mean for different people, as Lucie tries to figure out where she fits into the world. She doesn't look like any of the rest of her family, and her ethnicity is impossible to figure o

Review - It Ends With You by S K Wright

Review - It Ends With You by S K Wright

If I'd told the truth, it would have been fiction.

Everyone loves Eva. Beautiful, bright, fun, generous - she's perfect.

So when her body is found in a ditch in the local woods the only thing anyone wants to know is: Who could have done this?

It has to be Luke, her boyfriend. He has the motive, the means, the opportunity and he's no stranger to the police.

Even though the picture is incomplete, the pieces fit. But as time passes, stories change.

Who could have done this? You decide.




An overly busy and ultimately disappointing YA crime thriller.

The constant jumps in POV character are quite jarring. The story is told from so many different perspectives, I'm not even sure how many different POV characters we had in the end. One of them gets barely a couple of lines in. Another one gets a single chapter. The main suspect, Luke, gets the most, including several consecutive chapters, to build pace and suspense I think. 

Then there's the format changes. We get first person narratives. We get letters between characters. We get blogs and WhatsApp messages and Facebook comments and YouTube videos. The constant shift in narrative style is clearly intended as a kind of mass-media storytelling but frankly it got a bit tiresome before too long.

The characters are all awful! Everyone is lying about everything from the very beginning, more concerned with protecting themselves than finding a murderer. The only exception to that is maybe Carolina, who flip-flops constantly in her loyalties, despite her determination to be a great detective she's a blatant victim of her own, ever changing, biases. It was hard to feel any sympathy for either Eva, the manipulative, game-playing victim, or Luke, the angry main protagonist, who was trying to overcome the prejudices the world apparently had against him (though as he seemed to be part of the in-crowd it's hard to see exactly what they were) but gave in to a violent temper at the slightest provocation. The investigating officer is completely dreadful, the teachers not much better, and the rest of the class mates are vacuous and empty-headed.

For all the attempts at narrative cleverness, the plot has no satisfying resolution at all. We think we know who was responsible, revealed perhaps in a long epilogue, but for no reason that I could see. Character motivation is not something indulged in here. The trial is shortened to a serious of character statements, with no mention at all about serious and significant police failings that should have had any other case thrown out of court.

Oh, and I'm not even going to get started with the "You've hit 3 million vlog followers, so here's a publishing contract. Your book is coming out in 4 months" or a bird watcher wanting to go to the Outer Hebrides to see kestrels. Yikes!

It Ends With You tries for clever and complex storytelling. Unfortunately it ends with disappointment.

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It Ends With You by S K Wright is out now, published by Little, Brown Book Co.

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

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  1. It is so nice because it gives you a view of everyone not only the suspects but also the dead one (Eva)

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