So, do you remember the movie “Brokedown Palace” with Claire Danes? I saw it once, years ago, and it terrified me. It made me never want to travel to Thailand. This book reaffirms that decision.
Okay, maybe it’s not that serious. Thai jail is no joke, and staying in a hostel sounds like the absolute worst. I also think its much more an aspect of British culture to travel to Thailand for holiday. Here in the US, we just head to the beaches of Florida or Mexico.
Anyway, I digress.
I LOVED this book. Supsenseful from the jump. Two girls go to Thailand after High School, things don’t go as planned, their family has to cope halfway around the world.
The two girls end up staying at a ramshackle “hostel” with a sketchy looking crew. Alex, the more mature of the two can’t wait to move on, but is scared to leave without her traveling companion. Not the person she wanted to travel with anyway. (This reminded me of the time I was in Europe with American Music Abroad and roomed with Martha. She would sneak out, drink, bring boys back, etc. I was a soon to be Junior in high school and superemly uncomfortable the entire time….so I idenfied with Alex).
After a tragedy, the story revolves between the girls parents, the detective in England, and the Reporter who lands the story. (The same reporter of Barton’s earlier books). Through a twist, there is a surprising connection between the people working this case. It threw me for a loop. And then with about 50 pages left there is a whole other twist that made me gasp out loud whilst I read at me desk at work (shhhhhhhh!).
Super great read, I can’t wait for more of her work!