Six months prior to the opening of this story we are told that CeCe’s mother committed suicide after being accused of having sex with a student. CeCe has had to live with the taunts from the boy’s friends – and other students – ever since. She and her mother used to be close, and the betrayal CeCe feels as she and her father live with the fallout is evident.
This could have been a very different story; thankfully, the focus is not on what we’re told happened, but CeCe’s conviction that she trusts her mother would never have done such a thing. We follow CeCe as she tries to work out just who has secrets to hide, and just how her mother was involved.
Without revealing the intricacies of the plot, this quickly develops into a bit of a mud-slinging contest – any number of characters could have more to do with it than we realise. Eventually, something sticks but it’s always a good idea to listen to gut instinct at times.
This started out as quite an interesting idea. I admired the strength of character that CeCe showed, and it considered some difficult topics. Unfortunately, I couldn’t shake the feeling I had from the start, and all the attempts to lead us away from this felt like the grip on credibility was being heavily stretched at times.
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.