What if you had the opportunity to exchange your old life and embrace a new one filled with fame, fortune and all that jazz? Would you pounce on the opportunity or would you cop out when you realized it came with a price?
Poor Little Dead Girls‘ protagonist Sadie Marlowe, learns the meaning behind the old saying “all that glitters isn’t gold” as she uncovers the truth about the exclusive club she’s been chosen to join and how deeply connected her family is to the group.
Lizzie Friend can officially be titled as Suspense royalty; every chapter, every page, every sentence of Poor Little Dead Girls gave an answer that led to another question. She had me so intrigued that I kept on reading just so I could figure out what was really going on behind the flashy curtains of the secret society Sadie had joined and why the “elders” in the club were so interested in her. But when the truth came out, I was more than wowed at how perfectly Friend had made the story’s web and slightly amused that she’d used conspiracies to tie the whole story together.
On top of this, I loved how easily likable she made every character. Even the ones you hated to like like Thayer. She introduces you to each one, their unique and sometimes painful background and then allows you to watch them grow as she unravels the story. But the character I liked the most was Sadie. Other than being the protagonist, she was realistic and curious. When the secret society accepted her, she questioned whether or not they had something to do with Anna (a girl who was a part of the secret society who ended up dead and who Sadie later found out was her cousin). When the mystery of the club was coming undone, she realized that her life just might be in danger. And she didn’t lose her head even when the club took her and a few others to a dinner at the White House.
Besides the amazing character development and plot, the story was written extremely well. When I came across a speech from one of the youths in the club, Finn Cranston, I savoured the words as if it were honey; when Sadie had found herself in a sticky situation and Finn had the upper hand, he told her about the truth behind the secret society and their aim, he excused it by saying “leadership is initiative. Men take the things they need, and history rewards them for it”.
Still, I was a little disappointed by the outcome of it all. I felt like when things really started to climax, the author wasn’t sure how to end it and just chose a simple way. But if you do decide to read the book, the journey is what you should really look forward to.
Publisher: Merit Press (December 18, 2013)
Length: 288 pages (Hardcover)
Genre: Teens & YA, Mystery & Thriller
Completed: December 2013