On the night of Alex Carmody’s sixteenth birthday, she and her best friend, Cass, are victims of a terrible car accident. Alex survives; Cass doesn’t. Consumed by grief, Alex starts cutting school and partying, growing increasingly detached. The future she’d planned with her friend is now meaningless to her.
Meg Carmody is heartbroken for her daughter, even as she’s desperate to get Alex’s life back on track. The Birches, a boarding school in New Hampshire, promises to do just that, yet Alex refuses to go. But when Meg finds a bag of pills hidden in the house, she makes a fateful call to a transporter whose company specializes in shuttling troubled teens to places like The Birches, under strict supervision. Meg knows Alex will feel betrayed—as will her estranged husband, who knows nothing of Meg’s plans for their daughter.
When the transport goes wrong—and Alex goes missing—Meg must face the consequences of her decision and her deception. But the hunt for Alex reveals that Meg is not the only one keeping secrets.
** 2 Star Review **
This was a part of the Kindle First program... It sounded so intriguing. Then I read it... These are the reviews I don't like writing. Writing a constructive review for a book that was nothing like the hype always makes me question the validity of the hype. I know that not every book is for everyone. I do. But sometimes I question if I read the same book as others did.
I am not sure where to start with this book. I guess with the fact that this book was labeled as a suspense novel. There wasn't any suspense. None. I am sure the author tried to build some suspense, but it didn't come through to me that way.
I could not connect with the characters in any way. I really tried. They were too unrealistic. I don't care that this is a fictional story. Readers have to be able to connect with the characters in some way. These characters felt very underdeveloped in many ways and over exaggerated in other ways.
When I have characters that I can't jive with it makes the plot of the story drag. And this is such the case with this book. The plot wasn't smooth and easily read. I was hoping that it would pick up and redeem itself but it never did.