28 February 2019

Beautiful Bad; Annie Ward

Beautiful BadBeautiful Bad by Annie Ward
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There are a number of holes here, partly due to the multiple timelines and POVs we get as we learn exactly what happened in this suburban home one night. It was clear to me that there were facts that we weren't getting from Maddie in either the timeline when she and Ian are meeting and getting to know each other, nor in the present where she and Jo are estranged friends. What exactly was missing wasn't entirely clear, it was just a sense. Getting Diane's investigative narrative and Ian's POV didn't necessarily clarify things, and it's only at the end do readers get all the pieces of the puzzle. The problem is that these types of books work best when it's not quite as obvious that there's something Not Quite Right.

ARC provided by publisher.

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