Word count: 55,000
Release date: February 2017
Kicked out of school, 17-year old Paloma finds herself in an isolated convent in the tropical forests of 1970s Puerto Rico, where she must overcome her psychosis in order to help a spirit and unveil a killer.
An isolated convent, a supernatural presence, a dark secret…
17-year-old Paloma only wanted to hold a séance to contact her dead father. She never thought she would be kicked out of school and end up in an isolated convent. Now, all she wants is to be left alone. But slowly, she develops a bond with a group of girls: kind-hearted Maria, insolent Silvy, pathological liar Adelita, and their charismatic leader Rubia. When, yet again, Paloma holds a séance in the hope of contacting her father, she awakens an entity that has been dormant for years. And then, the body count begins. Someone doesn’t want the secret out…
Are the ghost and Paloma’s suspicions real—or only part of her growing paranoia and delusions?
The story was quite fine, I had really enjoyed Paloma as a character really. She was quite decent, had made plenty of mistakes and was suffering for it. But the only complaint was how abrupt the ending was, since it didn’t really tie up what I had wanted to see in mind.
It just didn’t feel complete. But the ending chapter to me where the murdered was revealed was the best and felt more like a climax than a ending. Although it is rather surprising how well it was done that the mystery had eluded me for quite some time.
I do like the time and detail spent into the convent, and how abuse can take place with very little help. And how nuns can help this so-called troubled kids. Mostly, it was how that parents would be likely to turn a blind eye to this matters. And most of the parents here, they are either drug addicts, or want their child gone, or perhaps didn’t really care much for them.
I really liked Adelita, she was rather unique in a sense and had a lot of my sympathy, seeing as what she went through. Same for Maria, although she had the best back story of them all, with just a loving mother who has no means of supporting her in the least.
The plot, had been rather well executed with many twists that I didn’t see. And many deaths that I didn’t see incoming either, keeping this mainly a mystery. And all the while clearing up names, or trying to figure out who was the murderer. All the while Paloma tries to convince the convent that she was still sane despite what she said.
I do really enjoy this ride, only that the ending left me unsatisfied and really let down in some ways. I was expecting some closure, not really an cliffhanger which left things at the edge. I do wonder whether there will be a sequel to this story, seeing as how it was left at the end.
But overall, I really enjoyed this work and the author has once more wrote a good book which I would recommend to those who want to read about mystery and young adult. It won’t let you down, but expect a cliffhanger ending.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5