“Eighteen-year-old Toni and her boyfriend, Ryan, were wrongly convicted of the murder of her younger sister.”
I thought this was a fantastic read, I loved the writing, the pace and the characters.
Toni and Ryan are teenagers in love, bending the rules, sneaking around and dabbling in a few things they shouldn’t. One night a tragic incident happens involving Toni’s younger sister Nicole. A group of girls who have been making life hell for Toni provide witness statements firmly sealing Toni and Ryan’s fate.
The book alternates between Toni and Ryan’s story when they are eighteen and their following years in prison. I found this a great way of getting an insight into the characters and their relationships. The friends, enemies, relatives and prison family are all well developed.
There is a definite sense of dread as Toni tries to prove her innocence, when you have a reputation and are not believed, outing the truth can be the most difficult thing.
Dangerous secrets simmer beneath the surface and everything seems to be delicately balanced like a house of cards.
Can Toni and Ryan clear their names before things come tumbling down?
Thank you to Netgalley and publishers for my advance copy.