Thursday, September 22, 2016

TBR READ-A-THON - UPDATE AND REVIEW




Daily Updates Format

DAY OF THE CHALLENGE/DATE

Day 11 - September 23, 2016

Books Reading: 1

Books Listening To: 1

Pages Read: 237 

Chapters Listened  To:  114

Total Books Read: 1

Total Pages Read: 237

Finished Books: 1


I entered late, so I am not as far as most.

This is the review for the audio book I finished.

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pic and description taken from Goodreads

DESCRIPTION:

Three students: dead.
Carly Johnson: vanished without a trace. 


Two decades have passed since an inferno swept through Elmbridge High, claiming the lives of three teenagers and causing one student, Carly Johnson, to disappear. The main suspect: Kaitlyn, "the girl of nowhere." 

Kaitlyn's diary, discovered in the ruins of Elmbridge High, reveals the thoughts of a disturbed mind. Its charred pages tell a sinister version of events that took place that tragic night, and the girl of nowhere is caught in the center of it all. But many claim Kaitlyn doesn't exist, and in a way, she doesn't - because she is the alter ego of Carly Johnson. 

Carly gets the day. Kaitlyn has the night. It's during the night that a mystery surrounding the Dead House unravels and a dark, twisted magic ruins the lives of each student that dares touch it. 

Debut author Dawn Kurtagich masterfully weaves together a thrilling and terrifying story using psychiatric reports, witness testimonials, video footage, and the discovered diary - and as the mystery grows, the horrifying truth about what happened that night unfolds.

MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

This book was so interesting.  I don't think I have ever read a book about DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder a.k.a. Multiple Personality Disorder).  It was fascinating and scary at the same time.  

Carly and Kaitlyn are the same person.  One lives in the day and one lives at night, and they both think they are real.  They leave messages to each other in their diary, so they know what each of them are doing. 

Carly and Kaitlyn are being treated by a Psychotherapist who is convinced that Kaitlyn was developed to protect Carly from the trauma in her life.  Carly knows that something has happened, and that she can Kaitlyn and their little sister Jamie are just trying to survive.  Jamie has been sent to live with someone else, and Carly and Kaitlyn have been sent to a school.

I cannot even begin to tell you how creepy this book was for me.  The mind is such a fascinating thing.  To go through this journey with Carly and Kaitlyn was so intense.  They have a lot of issues, but things in their life seem to just keep going wrong and neither of them can figure it out.  Carly's therapist is trying to have her integrate Kaitlyn and deal with the trauma she has blocked so that she can get better.

There are forces in this book that are far more determined to not let that happen.  

This is a mind trip of a book.  Which I have to admit was kind of awesome.  Nerve racking at times, but awesome.  If you like intense, and psychological thrillers this is a good one.  I don't think the actual book was scary, it was the disorder, and all the things that came with it.

Source:  I bought this book for myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

Content:  Some language, some talk of sex, and a few acts of sex.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dawn Kurtagich
pic and bio taken from Goodreads

Dawn Kurtagich is a writer of creepy, spooky and psychologically sinister YA fiction, where girls may descend into madness, boys may see monsters in men, and grown-ups may have something to hide. Her debut YA novel, The Dead House, is forthcoming from Hachette in 2015.

By the time she was eighteen, she had been to fifteen schools across two continents. The daughter of a British globe-trotter and single mother, she grew up all over the place, but her formative years were spent in Africa—on a mission, in the bush, in the city and in the desert.

She has been lucky enough to see an elephant stampede at close range, a giraffe tongue at very close range, and she once witnessed the stealing of her (and her friends’) underwear by very large, angry baboons. (This will most definitely end up in a book . . . ) While she has quite a few tales to tell about the jumping African baboon spider, she tends to save these for Halloween!

She writes over at the YA Scream Queens, a young adult blog for all things horror and thriller, and she is a member of the YA League and Author Allsorts.

Her life reads like a YA novel.