“Adelaide’s mother abandoned her when she was ten years old, leaving her to be raised by her abusive and alcoholic father. Damien on the other hand came from a wealthy family, was a local celebrity, and seemed to have a bright future ahead of him. Despite their differences, Adelaide and Damien were young, wild, and fiercely in love. And they had a plan. They were going to run away.”
The Good: The writing style was excellent. I had received a warning about this story from friends that recommended the series to me, so from the moment I started reading I was paying extra attention to the way the writer wanted the story to be told. Mrs. Hammond didn’t disappoint. I was able to immerse in the (crazy) world of Adelaide and try to differentiate what was true and what seemed true. This book is called insanity for a reason and readers will be left wondering about their own sanity.
The Bad: The plot, while not complicated, it is a bit confusing. Even while that was the intent, I think it was a little over done. Sometimes the main character’s banter was repetitive and while the character development was good, I just couldn’t connect with the characters themselves. I obviously sided with the main character as she’s the narrator but she lacked charisma and I concluded that she is indeed mentally disturbed.
The Ugly: This trilogy is on hold, the third book has been pushed back several times and I will hold on until the final installment is out before I read the second book. Readers have to be in the right mind-set to enjoy this story. While the mystery is great, the romance is rather weak.