by Shani Michelle
Publication: April 12, 2022
**I was provided a copy of the book through NetGalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed it. All opinions are my own.**
Cassie can see the future. Her visions show her boyfriend falling in love with someone else. Hayden has visions of the past, and she uses–more like abuses–her ability to blackmail students in her school with the secrets they can’t keep hidden from her. When Cassie’s visions begin to warn her of her own kidnapping, it will be up to Hayden to try to find her.
The story is engaging, and made moreso with a few chapters from Cassie’s point of view. As Hayden searches for clues to finding her, we get glimpses of what Cassie is going through. It helped heighten the suspense as to whether Hayden would find her and if Cassie would survive the ordeal. I couldn’t stop swiping to the next page, binge-reading it until morning because I couldn’t put it down.
There are stereotypes with Hayden as the resident outcast, Cassie as the nice girl, and then a longer list of minor characters, including mean girls and jocks, to round up the high school experience. While the characters are stereotypical, there is depth to Hayden and Cassie as the story progresses. Hayden provides the main point of view, but the book starts with one of Cassie’s visions. Hayden grew on me even though I wanted to dislike her. Had Cassie’s vision not been the first thing I read, I would have quickly warmed up to Hayden because she’s my type of hero: tenacious, toes the line between right and wrong, and has a hidden heart of gold. Hayden is one part Veronica Mars and one part Eleanor Shellstrop from The Good Place (the after-Chidi begrudgingly better version of herself).
A few things somewhat bothered me. The adults were too willing to divulge information to Hayden or Brody (Cassie’s ex), so forthcoming that it was unrealistic to me. Then there were Hayden’s abrasive investigative techniques with her classmates. I guess this could be written off as amateur sleuthing, but I’m not sure how helpful it is to immediately call someone out for being part of the kidnapping.
There is a potential for more books in the series. The evidence or the hints that there is a deeper story are present throughout. I would be willing to pick up the next book to figure out what is going on. I enjoyed this more than I expected. If you’re a fan of Veronica Mars or like amateur sleuths with a paranormal twist, this book is one you will enjoy.
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