2/16/11

She Said / She Saw

Author: Norah McClintock
Pages: 224
Publisher: Orca Books
Format: Paperback (ARC)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Tegan was in the backseat when her two best friends were gunned down in front of her. Was it an argument over drugs? An ongoing feud? Or something more random? Tegan says she didn't see who did it. Or know why. Nobody will believe her. Not the police; not her friends; not the families of the victims; and not even Kelly, her own sister. Is she afraid that the killer will come back? Or does she know more than she is saying? 

Shunned at school and feeling alone, Tegan must sort through her memories and try to decide what is real and what is imagined. And in the end she must decide whether she has the strength to stand up and do the right thing.

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Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.


My Summary: Tegan and Kelly are sisters. Born in the same year, the girls are often referred to as the "Twins" - in reality, they couldn't be more different. Tegan is popular and a gifted student, while Kelly is... not. Tegan likes to party, while Kelly won't go near any of the stuff her sister dabbles with. Neither sister is particularly fond of the other...


But when word gets out that Tegan was in the backseat of their mutual friend Martin's car when he and Clark were shot point-blank through the windows, Kelly doesn't know what to think - should she believe her sister, who insists she didn't see anything, or is Tegan selfishly concealing what she knows in order to protect herself like everyone suspects?


Or, even worse: is Tegan refusing to help catch her friends' killer because of something she's holding against her own sister?


Told in the alternating points of view of both sisters, She Said / She Saw will keep you guessing until the last page.


My Thoughts: First off, I have to say, this was a beautiful book: the cover is mysterious and attention-grabbing while still being simple and understated. Awesome. 


I loved the contrast between the two main characters! Kelly and Tegan are so different, I really couldn't chose a favourite. Ms. McClintock managed to weave a flawless story from two points of view, which made it a lot more enjoyable (and mysterious, I think). I literally could not. Stop. Reading.


Seriously! I got the book in the mail this afternoon, and I didn't couldn't stop reading until I found out whodunit. And it was so cool to know that this book was written by a fellow Canadian! *Waves to other Canadians* 


I loved the conclusion as well. It really made me think, ya know? Because the things we do to other people can come back to haunt us - they really can. And a lot of people wouldn't be willing to take the same risk Tegan took in order to avenge a loved one (or in this case, two).


Final Thoughts: Definitely go pre-order this one (or, you know, buy it when it comes out)! I recommend it whole-heartedly to anyone who likes a good mystery. 

3 comments:

  1. This sounds like an interesting story. I think I'll have to add it to my TBR list.

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  2. I really like the cover art too! Great post.

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  3. Another great review. I am a nervous person by nature, so this seems really intense. Thanks for the heads up of its release though! :)

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