Synopsis: One year ago, there was a party.
At the party, someone died.
Five teens each played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.
But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course…some things are too good to be true. They were each so desperate for the prize, they didn’t question the odd, rather exclusive invitation until it was too late.
Now, they realize they’ve been lured together by a person bent on revenge, a person who will stop at nothing to uncover what actually happened on that deadly night, one year ago.
Five arrived, but not all can leave. Will the truth set them free?
Or will their lies destroy them all?
This is a great young adult horror and reminded me a bit of the old Scream/ I know what you did…films etc. Teenagers really should learn to trust their instincts when given a ticket to a mysterious house and the only other people invited are linked to the murder of a boy. Seriously! However if they did behave sensibly we wouldn’t have a book 🙂
Twelve months ago Shane was killed and now the 5 people linked to him are invited to the aforesaid mysterious house on the pretense of winning a $50k university scholarship. Except they’re actually there to relive the night of the murder and their roles within it to find out exactly what happened and who was the one ultimately responsible. All whilst dodging the murderous attempts of the boys traumatised twin sister.
I love a bonkers plot line and this was one. It alludes a few times to film YA horrors and I could totally see this up there with them. It was really easy to imagine this cinematically. It’s quite tense as you can imagine, taking place in one evening the pace is fast going and doesn’t let up from the minute they all arrive at the mansion. Each character is easily identifiable and as each reveals their innermost secrets you learn to either like them or hate them more.
I liked the fact that you pretty much know who did it from the halfway point even though the it’s not confirmed until nearer the end. There’s a sub-story around abuse both from a parent child point of view and that of romantic relationships. It’s also a story of friendship and love. Oh and a bonus point for Gavin who demanded a bathroom break when fleeing a demented killer because no one does that in films and I completely would!
Overall I loved this and as the last book I’m reviewing in 2018 it’s great to end it with a 5 star book.