Is Georgia’s mind playing tricks on her, or is the entire town walking into the arms of a killer who has everyone but her fooled?
When seventeen-year-old Georgia’s brother drowns while surfing halfway around the world in Australia, she refuses to believe Lucky’s death was just bad luck. Lucky was smart. He wouldn’t have surfed in waters more dangerous than he could handle. Then a stranger named Fin arrives in False Bay, claiming to have been Lucky’s best friend. Soon Fin is working for Lucky’s father, charming Lucky’s mother, dating his girlfriend. Georgia begins to wonder: did Fin murder Lucky in order to take over his whole life?
Determined to clear the fog from her mind in order to uncover the truth about Lucky’s death, Georgia secretly stops taking the medication that keeps away the voices in her head. Georgia is certain she’s getting closer and closer to the truth about Fin, but as she does, her mental state becomes more and more precarious, and no one seems to trust what she’s saying.
As the chilling narrative unfolds, the reader must decide whether Georgia’s descent into madness is causing her to see things that don’t exist–or to see a deadly truth that no one else can.
“A remarkable page-turner . . . Keep[s] readers wondering, twist by twist, if Georgia’s universe will simply burst apart.” —Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle
I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book is about Georgia’s, or George as everyone calls her, struggle with the loss of her brother who died while in Australia. I went into this book not expecting to come out of it with so many thoughts. There were many times when I was confused and didn’t know how certain things were possible. It all made sense near the end though.
In the beginning of the story, I thought Georgia’s character was a bit naive since she’d do things that would obviously seem like the wrong thing to do. This aspect didn’t change as the story went on.
I did not like Fin’s character. Georgia is sure that he murdered her brother. Most of me not liking him was because of Georgia’s mental opinion of him, but he seemed too nice. He was everything everyone wanted and he seemed like the perfect person to fill in the gap Lucky left. Georgia’s suspicions of Fin seemed like the jealous acts of a woman scorned but we get bits and pieces that lead us into the push and pull with what is real and what isn’t.
After Georgia starts seeing her late brother Lucky, we discover that she suffers from Paranoid Schizophrenia and has to take medication to keep her condition stable. She decides to slowly stop taking these medications so that she can be free and try to figure out what Lucky is trying to tell her.
Things happen that makes us think that it’s real, because there’s literal evidence that it happened, but it’s soon put to rest when her doctor says that she’s delusional.
I did not attempt to like Fin. It was clear to me that he was trying to insert himself into the life that once was Lucky’s. He was all about avoiding questions like the plague. Of course, no one believes Georgia when she tells them Fin is a murderer because of her history.
This book played with my mind a bit. It got to me. I enjoyed it quite a bit and was satisfied with the writing style.
“But right now I feel hopeful. Right now I feel Lucky.”
Read: 27 August 2015
Publication Date: 20 October 2015
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Yvonne Prinz