Book Review: The Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir

To be honest i have a hate and love feeling about this book. There is one section of the brain that is screaming “love” from the rooftop and other section is screaming “hate”. Problem is both the voices are equally loud that i am not able to come to a decision. Oh look that i am finally admitting that i hear voices in my head .. Isn’t that a joy

The Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir

The Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir- Official Synopsis

Nicole Morgan has been labeled many things — the geeky music girl, the shy sidekick to Miss Popularity, and the girl with the scar. Now only one name haunts her through the halls of Oyster Bay Prep.

The Girl in the Picture.

After high school heartthrob Chace Porter is found dead in the woods near the school, the police are in search of the girl whose picture with Chace is the only clue found amongst his personal belongings. A girl who no one knew was even close to Chace–and whose dormmate, Lana Rivera, was Chace’s girlfriend.

Nicole is that girl and now she’s the primary suspect in his murder. But what really happened that night? Were Nicole and Chace dating behind Lana’s back; were he and Lana over? Could either of them have killed him?

Told in alternating points of view, that of our suspect, Nicole Morgan, and her former best friend and roommate, Lana Rivera, readers will piece together the story of a starcrossed love, a fractured friendship–and what really happened the night Chace was killed.

From Alexandra Monir, author of the popular time-travel novel Timeless, comes a gripping mystery and a poignant romance in one thrilling read.

 

The Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir- RWAT Take

The Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir

The book is narrated using two point of view. Two characters and it is through their version of events that the entire book starts shaping up. The whole murder and its mystery definitely gets you excited for the book and lets you travel for a bit in the book but after a certain point it starts dragging with the whole “love triangle” stuff that is not only cliche ( super cliche i tell you) but completely predictable.

 

Ironically while almost all of the book seems predictable, it is the suspense portion that makes all the difference. I don’t think the turn the book took towards the end was in any way predictable. It was completely unexpected and sort of made me feel good about the book. It is maybe because the book got me completely got me off guard at the end, that the voices in my head started screaming good

 

At the same time, the supernatural ankle that the book definitely didn’t impress me at all and in fact i thought it was forcefully inserted and to a level childish too. Like artificially created so that the ending can be inserted the way the author intended to.

 

Conclusion

The plot is definitely cliche but somehow the ending make it worth it because the core mystery was kept so intact and secretively that it alone makes up for whatever negative you may feel about the book. All i say is that it is a quick read.

 

 

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