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Published by Create Space on February 7th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: ARC from publisher
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An isolated convent, a supernatural presence, a dark secret... 17-year-old Paloma only wanted to hold a seance to contact her dead father. She never thought she would be kicked out of school and end up in an isolated convent. Now, all she wants is to be left alone. But slowly, she develops a bond with a group of girls: kind-hearted Maria, insolent Silvy, pathological liar Adelita, and their charismatic leader Rubia. When, yet again, Paloma holds a seance in the hope of contacting her father, she awakens an entity that has been dormant for years. And then, the body count begins. Someone doesn't want the secret out... Are the ghost and Paloma's suspicions real-or only part of her growing paranoia and delusions?
This book was a trip. I’ve read the author before, and liked her work, but this was something quite different. The story was, anyway. It’s difficult to describe as anything other than a trippy experience, because it felt like everyone was literally crazy or just full of secrets and lying about everything. Sometimes a mixture of both. And it felt that way because that’s exactly what was happening. I kept waiting for someone to be perfectly innocent and forthcoming, but it seemed that that didn’t happen. I don’t know how everyone who wasn’t already crazy didn’t go crazy.
The story was a disjointed puzzle of events, as with every mystery. They didn’t come together all at once, but over time, and some things were a mystery until the very last second. It felt like the “main” story—the ghost—wasn’t even all that important (except for one surprising but not incredibly important reason). Too many other weird things kept happening.
The dynamic of the friend group was interesting. I really don’t know how they were all friends. Rubia showed every sign of being a psychopath, Silvy was just mean to everyone, Adelita was bullied and more so because of her disorder, and Maria was nice and didn’t seem to approve of Rubia and Silvy, and I don’t know why Paloma chose to hang out with them. Paloma didn’t really like or trust anyone anyway. But she didn’t seem the type to put up with people being needlessly mean, and there was a lot of that in the group. I guess once she made the decision to “keep her enemies closer,” it made a bit more sense, but that was a turning point. Until then, I don’t know why she put up with it. Especially after her initial resolution that she wasn’t there to make friends. As a person, she was all right, I suppose, but in reality, and in the end, she was really no better than anyone else. It was just a terrible place full of terrible people with too many bad things going on.
I guess it was a good enough mystery, but I wasn’t able to feel for any of the characters. I mean, past the point of sympathy for their disorders and troubled pasts etc. I wasn’t invested in them as people. I will say this, though—there was a great variety in the characters and each one had plenty of depth. And bonus points for no romance.
reaction upon finishing
Wow. Surprise after surprise.
this book in one word