Nothing can come between two sisters. Except murder…
Althea James is the girl everyone loves to ignore. Even her parents act like she doesn’t exist, especially after her perfect sister, Caroline, arrives home from college for summer break. But the sibling rivalry Althea shares with Caroline goes much deeper than competing for their parents’ affection. Caroline represents everything Althea isn’t and never will be. Until one tragic night that threatens to change her life forever.
Suddenly, Althea is forced into the blinding spotlight of fame, but for all the wrong reasons. Her sister is dead, her boyfriend is in jail, and her parents have reported her missing. Now, caught in the middle of the media storm, Althea is the girl no one can stop talking about. But is her newfound fame worth the secret she so desperately wants to keep?
Althea hates being the girl whom everyone loves to ignore. When she rises to fame for all the wrong reasons, she finds herself enjoying and loving the attention from the media. Can she continue to be this girl whom no one wants to stop talking about?
I find this story odd. From the start, it’s clear that Althea is not someone who is sweet, kind or gentle. I can understand why she dislikes many people in her life and she has good reasons to dislike these people. Her sister, Caroline, is obviously a bitch but strangely, her obnoxiousness doesn’t make Althea a sympathetic character. Rather, it makes me see Althea as a heartless, remorseless person. This story makes me uncomfortable in a lot of ways because most of the characters have zero redeemable quality and while there isn’t any dull moment, I certainly can’t say I’m a fan of the plot.
Probably because I feel overwhelmed by the many dysfunctional characters in the story, I can’t really see a meaningful purpose behind the story. I guess it’s me – I can’t really connect with a story when I feel suffocated by all the dark and sick obnoxiousness – but if you don’t mind characters who are vile and unrepentant, you may feel intrigued by what this story has to offer.
Note: I’m giving this book 3 stars because aside from how I feel, the technical aspects of the story are well-implemented.