If I’d told the truth, it would have been fiction.
Everyone loves Eva. Beautiful, bright, fun, generous – she’s perfect.
So when her body is found in a ditch in the local woods the only thing anyone wants to know is: Who could have done this?
It has to be Luke, her boyfriend. He has the motive, the means, the opportunity and he’s no stranger to the police.
Even though the picture is incomplete, the pieces fit. But as time passes, stories change.
Who could have done this? You decide.
It Ends With You is clever and compulsive. It challenges preconceptions, makes you second-guess yourself with each chapter, and it holds an uncomfortable mirror up to the way societies and systems treat outsiders.
‘It Ends With You’ is a YA murder mystery told from multiple viewpoints and angles that attempts to trick the reader at every turn. When you think you’ve figured out ‘whodunnit’ another clue is revealed to cast a new layer of doubt. A book laden with fabulous misdirection! This makes for a very compelling read and really added to my enjoyment as the reader. It’s a book of secrets and lies where no one is as they seem.
The cast of characters are at first rather stereotypical:
- misunderstood bad boy Luke from the wrong side of the tracks
- murdered pretty blonde girl next door type Eva who wasn’t all she seemed
- ditsy best friend Siobhan who felt equally insecure and in awe of her deceased bestie
- mousy quiet Carolina who sees everything
- posh boy Rob with high career aspirations
- well intentioned teacher Mr Abdul etc etc…
But where this cast of characters really worked is that they all did things that were surprising and outside of those traditional stereotype parameters.
Everything comes together for a fast paced read that kept me up late at night reading and an ending that because of spoilers I won’t say anything about… Except to say I really really enjoyed it and it gave me proper chills.
A solid three and a half to four star read.
An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher, Little Brown Book Group UK, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.