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Now You See Me by Emma Haughton - review

"I never meant to be here.
I hadn’t planned to be standing by the boating lake, shivering in the October breeze, watching seven men look for traces of my lost best friend."

Title: Now You See Me
Author: Emma haughton

Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Source: Purchased from Kindle Store
Available: Now
Buy it: Here

Synopsis

When Danny goes missing at the age of thirteen, he leaves his family devastated and his once-best-friend, Hannah, questioning what went wrong. Finding Danny becomes an obsession for his mother, and the constant nagging in the back of Hannah's mind. Until one day, the call comes; Danny is found. Everyone is over the moon, so why isn't Hannah?

Review

Now You See Me is a great novel of mystery and obsession - of the will to believe triumphing over the facts in front of you.

I was gripped to the dark elements of Now You See Me - the unexplained disappearance, the volatile mood swings of Danny's fraught mother, the obvious tension between Hannah's family and Danny's... They all mounted into a tense and thrilling novel - with a very creepy reveal! (apparently Now You See Me is based n a true story?!)

I did find the story took a while to fully get into - I found the first chapter didn't quite match the feel of the rest of the book, in that it when it introduced Hannah I thought she was much younger than she turned out to be! I also felt some parts of the novel were rushed and a tiny bit contrived, though this had no effect on my enjoyment as they happen very late on and I was engrossed by that point!

I think Now You See Me is a worthy YA equivalent to something like Gone Girl. Creepy and well portrayed.

Overall

Now You See Me is a great YA thriller with a dark and unexpected twist. I loved that the ending left just enough open to interpretation but still wrapped everything up succinctly. Mostly I liked the mounting sense of unease and that something "isn't quite right".

Score
 

★★

3 comments

  1. This sounds really interesting! Even though you gave it 3 stars I feel like it's a good mid way point for me to have a go and read and see what I think for myself ^^

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  2. You definitely should! It's by no means a bad book, I just had my own little nags around the ending being a bit contrived which held it off from a higher star. If I did half-stars it would be closer to 4 :)

    Hope you enjoy it! x

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  3. Ooh, this sounds really cool! I haven't heard of it before, but now I'm definitely intrigued.

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