On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.
A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.
Miss Riki’s Review:
This book is seriously a trip. It’s mind blowing in its complexity and plot twists, but man, was it good.
When Annaliese Rose Gordon finds herself inexplicably drawn to a small house in the Oklahoma countryside, thousands of miles away from home, she has no memory of who she is or how she got there. She’s been missing for a year, you see, and despite the fact that she’s been found and is safely returned to her parent’s home, there are questions lingering. As eerie pieces start to come together and traumatizing memories start to reform in her mind, it becomes clear that Annaliese Rose Gordon isn’t who she appears to be. In a fight against time, she must piece together her haunting memories to make sense of her very existence. Plagued by a bloody hunger and fighting the visions that overwhelm her, Annaliese must hurry to prevent a cycle of terrifying violence.
This novel is deliciously dark and unnerving as can be. It is anything but your typical YA paranormal tale and is filled with gory scenes of bloodlust and terrifying images of death that had me turning on lights as I read late at night. The story is fractured and is not written in a linear format, so it took a little bit for me to get into the flow of the narrative, but once I did, I was in for a ride. I enjoy unraveling a good mystery, and following Annaliese as she pieced together the clues of her haunting visions and terrifying memories was the ultimate puzzle.
There’s a wonderful little romance that blooms in the midst of all of the chaos, and I really enjoyed the painfully realistic portrayal of Annaliese and Dex falling in love. Unlike some YA romances, there’s no sense of instant connection or immediate adoration in this story. Their relationship develops naturally and is awkward and at times even disturbing in its intensity.
By the end of the novel, most of my lingering questions were answered, but there’s a wonderful ambiguity that left plenty to my imagination. If you like a book to neatly wrap up every plotline and tie up all loose ends neatly with a bow, this book might frustrate you, but if you like using your own imagination to fill in the holes left by a wonderful story, you’ll really enjoy it.