Granted, Arielle has a vast, excitable imagination. But she's not imagining how strange and out of control her life becomes after the death by drowning of her older sister's best friend, Perdita. Not only does this death echo the death of Arielle's own older brother, ten years before, it leads to dreams and visions in which Perdita seems to be reaching out to Arielle, asking for her help. The only other explanation—that Arielle's high-strung emotions have finally caused her to break with reality—is even more terrifying. A story that builds to greater and greater heights of suspicion and fear, Perdita is also a multi-layered literary achievement that leaves no emotion untouched.
* A special thanks to Merit Press for this advanced review copy!
To put this review simply, I'm bringing you a round of likes and dislikes.
Likes: The writing--it was easy going, sarcastic, and sort of witty. I think Gardner really brought the characters and this story to life with how she writes. Everything just flowed, and I really enjoyed the book for it.
The MC: Arielle. She was average, not overly pretty, not overly dramatic--she was pretty run of the mill, in a good way. She was never over the top about anything--in a way a lot of young MC's can be. She was pretty funny, and very normal. I dug that.
The romance--It was kind of feels-y. I kind of swooned. It slowly grew throughout the book, creating a nice build up, and I really liked the two characters together.
The mystery--initially. The mystery is so mysterious, you pretty much have no clue, what's going on, and why it's going on. But then something changes and I was no longer pleased.
Dislikes: The solving of the mystery: It couldn't have wrapped up any easier. It was way too easy, and it left me feeling disappointed, and unsatisfied.
The sister: It wasn't that she was a raging bee-yatch or anything. She was just strange. Up and down, mean and nice. It was unsettling because I always felt like I didn't know what I was getting with her. Eventually it all kind of gets figured out but, I still felt funny about her.
Conclusion: Because of the main character, because of her wit, the writing, and the romance I enjoyed this book. If I were judging it solely based on the mystery aspect, I wouldn't be too crazy about it. The author did leave us guessing but the resolution was lackluster.
I'm intrigued enough to read anything else by the author, she definitely has the chops for it.