Between is written by Jessica Warman and was published by Bloomsbury in 2011. You can find Warman’s website here.
“Elizabeth Valchar—pretty, popular, and perfect—wakes up the morning after her eighteenth birthday party on her family’s yacht, where she’d been celebrating with her five closest friends. A persistent thumping noise has roused her. When she goes to investigate, what she discovers will change everything she thought she knew about her past, her future, and what lies in between.
As Liz begins to unravel the circumstances surrounding her birthday night, she finds that no one, least of all Liz herself, was perfect—or innocent. And that some memories never stop following you, no matter how hard you run.”
“Wet. It’s the first word that comes to mind before I scream.
Soaked. Waterlogged. Facedown….
It isn’t a fish; it’s a person. A girl….
The girl in the water is me.
I scream again, loud enough to wake everyone for a mile around. But I get the feeling nobody can hear me.”
Warnings: Swearing, drugs, smoking, blackmail/exploitation of a minor, eating disorders, murder, and intense feelings/effects of guilt.
Recommended Age Range: 16+
What I Liked:
This is a mystery novel with a supernatural twist, and it’s quite good. The mystery is well-done and well-revealed. Though not Agatha Christie-like in its twists (I knew who the murderer was half-way through the book and the overall sequence of events/plot/reasons why Liz was murdered about three-fifths through; this isn’t necessarily a bad thing), it was a unique, well-developed novel. I was supremely glad when (spoiler, I guess) Liz’s “guide”/companion did not turn out to be any sort of romantic interest (end spoiler). Warman’s overall theme of forgiveness and how to get to that point was strong. What happened to Liz was heartbreaking, and I was invested in the characters enough to feel that it was so.
What I Didn’t Like:
The murderer, unfortunately, was a flat and under-developed character. I felt that more could have been done with her/him (I don’t want to spoil anything) since the other characters were quite well-developed overall. Her/His staleness gave away that he/she was the murderer, in my opinion.
If you like mysteries and/or supernatural novels, give this one a try. It does have intense content, but the theme and (most of) the characters are strong. It’s an intriguing mystery and well-worth a read. I rank this supernatural mystery higher than Frost.
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