Published by Julie Patra Publishing (14th May 2019)
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Julie Patra Publishing, and the author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Actual rating of 3.75
Hailey Anne Monroe isn’t a politician, but she’s close. She is the future First Daughter. She can play the game better than anyone, because that’s what she has to do, it’s what her father taught her. So when her best friend goes missing after a night at a bar and Hailey has no recollection of barely any of it, she has to play the game good because she knows there’s something wrong, she just has to find out what, before it’s too late.
This book was totally different to what I was expecting. I’m talking not even in the same ballpark of what I was expecting. It didn’t turn out to be a bad thing though. The synopsis tells you a little bit, I’m talking, the barest, minimal bit, about the story and it’s not until the end that you can sort of look at it and go “Oh yeah, I guess it did explain what the story was about, kind of”. The narrative is odd, and it took me a little bit to get used to it, but once I fell into a rhythm with it, I thought it was a really clever way to tell the story. At the beginning of each chapter, there is a portion of the narrative told in Hailey’s first person perspective, and it’s actually her narrating the story in hindsight. The story she is telling has already happened and she is telling it to us which makes up the main body of all the chapters. I can’t recall ever coming across a story being told this way, and I think it was incredibly clever and it did the story justice being written in such a way.
This story has a great deal to do with politics, in that, Hailey’s father is preparing to run for President of the USA, but it’s not boring or political, if that makes sense. It’s important because this event is the reason behind who Hailey has become and how she has dealt, or not dealt, with things that have happened in her life and how it has shaped her. I’ll admit, I didn’t love her character, she doesn’t come across very approachable, but she does come across very real. She is incredibly flawed and dare I say, broken, and was just all around a wonderfully written character that even though I didn’t like very much, I was rooting for her the whole way. There wasn’t a great deal of character development for her through this story, but I feel like it was still great because we were being set up and shown that she would develop after the story, in other words, this wasn’t the part where she changed, this was the precursor to that change, what lead to it. The other characters were well written and we were fantastic in fleshing out the cast, they all had distinctive voices and I hated most of them haha.
The story was well thought out and well written, though I will admit, I had worked out virtually straight away one of the things that wasn’t revealed until later. Too much emphasis was put on certain phrases and such that it was basically a glaring red light saying “IT’S ME!”, while this didn’t ruin the story for me, it would have been nice to experience the surprise the way it was intended. The explanation behind the blackouts is alluded to, but we never actually got concrete confirmation that it was why it happened. I’m not sure if this was done deliberately to leave it up to the readers imagination or not, or whether, towards the end of the story, there was something that we were meant to read between the lines for. So in short, I’m kind of left with some questions. The pacing was a little slow to begin with, but picked up once things started happening, however, it dropped off again around halfway through, and I honestly can’t say why, it just felt like it started to drag a little. Then the ending came up suddenly in a big rush, though it didn’t feel overly rushed, everything just started happening at once.
All in all, this was an interesting mystery/thriller/suspense and I thoroughly enjoyed it, the writing style was interesting and I found the MC to be beautifully flawed, all I can say is, I’m glad my father never wanted to run in politics, it sounds exhausting.
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