Review: Imaginary Girls

Imaginary Girls
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Right. Where do I start with this one?

To begin with you have to gather all your cop on and common sense, stuff it into an old rucksack, fill it with rocks and throw it in to a lake. Because you are about to read some freaky creepy happenings.

Our main character is Chloe. When we first meet her she is hanging out with her older sister Ruby and a group of Ruby’s friends at the local reservoir. Ruby has a way with people and story telling and enjoys creating high impact stories to relay to her friends. Ruby proclaims that Chloe is an extremely talented swimmer and wants to create a story for her friends. In the midst of completing a dare to swim across the reservoir Chloe stumbles across a disturbing discovery. A girl from school named London is laying dead in a boat within the reservoir.

2 years have passed by. Chloe is living away from Ruby with her stepfather. Unexpectedly Ruby comes back into Chloes life and provides her the means to get back home. As Chloe gets back home and bumps into her former friends and acquaintances all seems to be as it was before she left. Until she comes face to face with London at a party. Yes. The London. The dead in the boat London. Everyone acts like everything is normal and that Chloe is being the odd one out. Nobody questions Londons existence.

As time goes by parts of the story unravels and the reader- along with Chloe -discover the real Ruby. However Chloe doesnt want to believe the new evidence. She idolizes Ruby and sees no fault. She adores her sister for looking out for her and raising her. She cant put aside these feelings to question Rubys relationships, her lies and her link to Londons death and reappearance.

In the end when everything is out in the open only one sister survives.

Okay, this book was way odd, weird, macabre, strange, creepy…. gave me nightmares after I finished reading it.

I didn’t necessarily like the book, mostly because I didn’t like either sister for a multitude of reasons. However it was well written, highly descriptive, tense and mysterious.

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