Rating: 2/5 owl hoots
Published: February 21 2017
Number of pages: 338
Format: advanced reading copy
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Genre: contemporary, mystery, suspense, romance
Audience: younger adult
Get it at: Chapters Indigo
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Ben touched seven parts of Mira Cillo: her palm, hair, chest, cheek, lips, throat, and heart. It was her heart that broke her. After Mira’s death, Ben picks up the pieces to find notes she left him in the seven places that he touched her. Her notes explain why she and her sister, Francesca drowned themselves in the quarry lake. How Ben interpreted these notes has everything to do with the way he was touched by his gym coach a long time ago. But the truth behind the girl’s suicide is more complicated then Ben imagined involving a dangerous infatuation, a deadly miracle and a crushing lie.
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After reading the back of the book I was expecting a mystery thriller with suspense and a conclusion as to whodunit. I was NOT expecting a group of characters that I hate and could have avoided a horrible tragedy if they just used common sense. On the plus side, I admired Ben and his courage for taking risks in finding out the truth about the Cillo sisters and going out of his way to find every piece of hint that Mira left behind, and in the end, he did a gutsy move on how he was going to reveal the truth. But everyone else from the creepy Mr. Falso, to spiritually obsessed Francesca and her sister, Mira were not enough to gain my interest to the story. These characters lacked logic and common sense that it was hard not to scream my impatience at any of them. Yes, we all make mistakes but there some mistakes that could be avoided if we just used our good judgment. And the sisters were so manipulative and a pair of liars that I didn’t like either of them.
I love a good sister story but the Cillo sisters were a pair of crafty and devious girls that I disliked them both. Francesca is a complete mystery and I wished we had answers to what was really going on with her. Were her special qualities all an act to make people think that she was someone else entirely? It’s hard to differentiate fact from fiction when trying to figure out Francesca. On the other hand, her sister Mira could have stopped her from making the biggest mistake of her life. But instead Mira stood by and watched as Francesca continued to lie and manipulate people to get the information she needed. There were so many red flags that I was surprised that Mira failed to jump into action.
Mr. Falso is freaky as hell. On top of that, he found Francesca’s wrists disturbingly fascinating. But what really turned me off was this weird vibe between him and Francesca. She was way too obsessed over a guy who was only more interested to see what she would do next, which was a terrible move when you’re dealing with a teenager with a dangerous infatuation. The whole thing just turned me off.
Ben is the only decent character out of everyone. He takes the initiative to solve the mystery behind the Cillo sister’s death, even risking his life and his parent’s trust to find out what really happened. The truth can be dangerous but it can also heal; whether people accept it as the truth is their choice. Everyone has a different interpretation to the truth and we don’t know if Ben really knows what happened but in the end, he found peace with them.
I didn’t have problems with the writing and how the story is told in different times jumping from the present with Ben’s point-of-view to the past told by the sister’s point-of-view. I just really wished that the characters weren’t lacking in common sense. This was a page-turner as the pacing was suspenseful with surprising plot twists, but some of the characters were I had the most problems with.