Release Date: September 24th, 2013
These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found . . . dead.
Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target.
Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?
Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.
But she’s going to find this killer no matter what.
Because it just got personal.
"While I enjoyed the book, it left me feeling a bit disappointed."
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author. This did not affect my review in any way, nor am I being compensated for this review.
I'm not going to lie. I went into this book with pretty high expectations because so many of my blogging friends love this book and raved about it all the time. Unfortunately, while I enjoyed the book, it left me feeling a bit disappointed.
The book's premise is what originally drew me in. It sounds intense and exciting, fast-paced and just right for me. I love crime shows, and I always love the sequences when they're hacking their way through a computer or a system. So intriguing! The book, however, remained a merely "okay" read for me.
Firstly, considering the situations and challenges the characters face in the book, particularly Wick, the book felt slow, dragging out parts that didn't need to be. The slow pace doesn't fit the expectation of something intriguing, as we're led to believe in the blurb. Everything develops slowly, moves slowly, etc. On the other hand, a lot seemed to be resolved quickly, particularly Wick's conflict with her father.
Secondly, while the characters themselves were interesting to read about, I really didn't feel Griff and Wick's romantic relationship. I like Griff on his own (A LOT), and for the most part, I enjoyed his interactions with Wick. However, when it was the two of them romantically, I really didn't feel any real connection. After so many people talked about Griff/Wick, I was hoping for a lot more.
My last big thing against the book was that after a while, it seemed like the diary excerpts were either repetitive or weren't really enhancing the story any more. At first, I really enjoyed those sections, but they seemed much less effective and necessary later in the book.
That being said, I did enjoy the book as a whole. I enjoyed the plot, and to some extent, it did hit my expectations. I loved the complexity of the situations, leaving you unsure of how much you agreed or disagreed with different characters' actions. There was a lot going on, but it wasn't overwhelming by any means. The relationships between the characters were generally well done, especially between Wick and her sister and Wick and her foster mother.
Also that ending?! What a twist! I didn't see it coming at all. Now, I know I haven't said much about the positives and the reasons why I enjoyed the book, but there was something about it that I can't quite pinpoint. The story was still interesting and, for the most part, kept me engaged.
(I should really pick up my ARC of Remember Me and finally read it. Exciting stuff!)