How much power do words really have? In this novel, the small town of Marlo is thrown into an uproar when private conversations are suddenly being posted on the internet. How do the citizens react when their gossip is spread? How do the victims of this gossip react? And how and why is this happening?
This was a unique plot that piqued my interest. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the first few chapters. I felt that the characters were not fully developed enough for me to really care about them. In addition, so many characters were introduced in the early chapters that I had difficulty remembering who was who and kept having to flip back in the book to find out.
Once I got significantly into the story, the action was stronger and I found myself being pulled into the story. It turned out to be a good mystery/drama with unpredictable turns of events and a surprise ending. However, I think the author missed an opportunity to make the reader ponder the power of words and gossip in her own life. I think the intent was there, but for me, it just didn’t hit the mark. I would give this a 3/5 rating.
I was given a free review copy of this book by Tyndale House Publishers.