Hey guys! Today I will be reviewing A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho.
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Hardcover page count: 368
My rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Fin and Betty have been the bestest of friends for countless of years. Even when fin moved away to New York, their friendship stayed alive and happy. Until Betty goes missing and her ex-boyfriend admits to drowning her. But no one believes his confession and the town thinks that she simply just ran away.
So, Fin decides to return once again to her old town of Williston and find out what exactly happened to her best friend. But with a town full of secrets, and people out to get her at every turn; would she ever be able to find out what happened to her best friend?
This book started out with a good start, you learn about Fin's relationship with Betty and how she reacted after her death. You also learn more about the town and some of it's inhabitants. When the story progresses, you tend to see how melodramatic Fin really is, and how she is really taking it to the next level. She doesn't think about different variations of what could have happened, and instead sticks with thinking Betty was horribly murdered by her ex.
Fin acts recklessly and stupidly in the novel; which i understand could be about grief, but after a certain point, gets kind of annoying. She also doesn't think of try to talk to various people who were closest to Betty about what might have happened; and instead sticks with people who only knew her in passing. Fin completely ignores asking Betty's ex (who's super mellowed out and not threatening at all) and talks only to people who passed by Betty in the halls. Why doesn't she just go in for the main guy?
The author also tries to make the book more dark by adding town drug dealers (Fin's crush) which the the main character doesn't really care about, creepy but powerful (as in a strong enemy) hippies, and heavy use of cigarettes and alcohol. All these aspects make the author seem like she's trying way to hard to make the town seem super dark and 'full of secrets', which already were accomplished with the kind-of corrupt governing system.
The whole book felt like the various themes were being pushed way to hard. The book is supposed to be a dark, noir-ish read that is supposed to haunt you, but many aspects seemed to phony, and unrealistic. The main character is supposed to be a smart, quiet girl, yet she smokes cigarettes, drinks tons of alcohol, slashes tires, and sets things on fire. I feel like things were just being pushed to hard, and the book could have been a lot better if not for these aggressive attempts at making the book dark.
If you like noir types of books, or are just looking for a new mystery read, this book might just be for you! While I might not have enjoyed various aspects of this book, the ending did wrap up many loose ends, and ended well. When the mystery is revealed, it's not quiet what you would expect, and might makes you think about what would drag someone to make this desision.
I hope that you guys enjoyed this review! Let me know what you would like me to read next, down in the comments below! Until next time,
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