Between by Jessica Warman – Book Review

Title: Between

Author: Jessica Warman

Published: 2nd August 2011

Publisher: Walker & Company

Genre: Romance,  Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery, Young Adult

Pages: 454

Format: E-Book

Rating: **** (4 Stars)

About: Elizabeth Valchar-pretty, popular, and perfect-wakes up the morning after her eighteenth birthday party on her family’s yacht, where she’d been celebrating with her six closest friends. A persistent thumping noise has roused her. When she goes to investigate, what she finds will change everything she thought she knew about her life, her friends, and everything in between.

As Liz begins to unravel the circumstances surrounding her birthday night, she will find that no one around her, least of all Liz herself, was perfect or innocent. Critically acclaimed author Jessica Warman brings readers along on a roller-coaster ride of a mystery, one that is also a heartbreaking character study, a touching romance, and ultimately a hopeful tale of redemption, love, and letting go.

Review: This book is full of emotion – the heart aching kind.

For starters, it’s about an eighteen-year-old girl who has just died on her birthday. Not exactly the happiest of books and what’s worse is that this girl dies and then can do nothing about the things that she later learns. Of course, this all leads to the plot for getting her to let go and move on. This is obviously going to be a sad book because even before reading it you know that there is going to be drama, tears and ‘unforeseen’ things.

I put unforeseen in quotation marks because it is obvious that things aren’t going to be right. However, they weren’t that predictable, as although I knew something was going to happen, I couldn’t pinpoint the exact thing. So it did at least have some mystery.

The book is well written – you get a clear visual of the characters from beginning to end and a front row seat as you watch the mystery unfold before them. I quite like books that are like this, I hate it when you go backwards and forwards. But ‘Between’ was nothing like that. It flowed and it made sense. It really is a good book for having things that progress nicely.

So the reason to why this didn’t get 5 stars from me is because Liz (the main character), just made me cringe so much whilst reading through the book and I struggled to see her as a real person. I mean that’s not to say that there aren’t people like her in the world, but I just didn’t enjoy the type of person that she was being described as.

Her character did feel necessary to the plot, but she still was a frustrating character because at times I was just there like ‘why did she do that?’

I did find that the pace lagged a bit in the middle, but the ending made up for that. Even though at the end I did have a little inkling as to what the mystery was before it was revealed, but like I said it was only an inkling – so at least I didn’t know straight away.

It is worth a read, as I feel like this is an actually good read. It’s definitely something which is a little different to what I normally read and even then if you like ghost stories this is perfect.

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