Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Book: It Will End Like This
Author: Kyra Leigh
Book Series: Standalone
Recommended For…: young adult readers, mystery, thriller, retelling
Publication Date: January 4, 2022
Genre: YA Mystery Thriller
Age Relevance: 16+ (parental death, gore, Violence, depression, Post partum depression, Grief, Language, Drugs, Pandemic, Illness, Murder, Miscarriage, Panic attack, Suicide mentioned)
Explanation of Above: The book revolves around the aftermath of two siblings’ mother’s death via what they believe to be is murder and their grief in processing it. The book has gore with blood and vomit and violence in it, mentioned and shown. Depression and post-partum depression are mentioned and shown, as well as grief, illness, miscarriage, and pack attacks. There is also mentions of suicide. There is slight cursing in the book and there are some mentions of various drugs. The pandemic is mentioned as a past event.
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Synopsis: Charlotte lost her mother six months ago, and still no one will tell her exactly what happened the day she mysteriously died. They say her heart stopped, but Charlotte knows deep down that there’s more to the story.
The only person who gets it is Charlotte’s sister, Maddi. Maddi agrees—people’s hearts don’t just stop. There are too many questions left unanswered for the girls to move on.
But their father is moving on. With their mother’s personal assistant. And both girls are sure that she’s determined to take everything that’s theirs away for herself.
Now the only way to get their lives back is for Charlotte and Maddi to decide how this story ends, themselves.
Review: For the most part this was an ok book. The book did well to set the tone of the book and it had a lot of fun twists and turns. The book is well done in writing and the world building is great. The character development is also well done and the book, overall, is fairly good. I also liked that the book was a retelling of the Lizzie Borden story.
However, I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would. The book utilizes the duel POV and duel timeline, which confused me a little bit because I felt that the voices were too similar and the duel timeline wasn’t well separated from the present timeline. The book also had a fairly confusing ending and the retelling portion of the book didn’t come through until the last 10 pages, which is disappointing to me.
Verdict: It was ok!