”I really enjoyed this mystery book!”
Sawyer Taft has never known any other family member besides her mom. So she did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door, offering to pay her college fees in exchange for Sawyer to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But being amidst her grandmother’s “society” might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life: her father’s identity. Little did Sawyer know that she’d soon find herself entangled in scandalous and dangerous secrets. Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn’t the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. There are people in her grandmother’s glittering world who are not what they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer’s search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.
This might be a weird thing to say when starting off a review, but my thoughts about this book are all over the place. This might have something to do with the fact that I found the book – and its various flashbacks – highly confusing as well. There are two different plotlines woven into each other, each flashback revealing more and more information as the story goes on. This did add to the story since one of the plotlines is being used as some kind of teaser for what’s about to happen in the other timeline. But in my experience, it often ended up confusing me while I was trying to figure out who was who and who did what.
On another note, I do have to admit that the plot twists were really well thought through. I genuinely didn’t see them coming! This book also contains a strong female main character, who definitely knew what a witty remark was. It was so enjoyable to read about Sawyer navigating this exclusive and wealthy society with her never-ending scepticism. The rest of the characters didn’t stand out for me, and in general felt pretty bland, if I’m being honest.
Although this story might be a somewhat confusing collision between two timelines, I’ll still remember it as an enjoyable book. It was lovely getting lost in the oh-so-fancy world of debutantes, wealthy families and dirty secrets. I’d recommend it to the readers who generally enjoy a good mystery with a hint of debs on the side.
|Written by: Jennifer Lynn Barnes|
|Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|
|Interested? Buy it here|