...and that's being extremely generous.
This is going to be one of those weird review/non-reviews because there is no way to really say anything without spoiling something and this book, I just don't have the energy for that kind of post tonight. I'll go low-key shade instead of rage-shouting like I did with This is How I Lied.
I actually liked the book to begin with. I was interested and not at all sure where it was going and then it suddenly dawned on me exactly where it was going and sure enough, around halfway through that's where we ended up. Even so, I kept going because I wanted to see what else was in store. The bigger twist at the end I did not see coming and when I first finished the book I thought this would be a solid 3-4 star rating. I didn't even think the twist at the end was necessary,
Then I actually thought about the book as a whole, and realized what both women did was extremely fucked up. The Replacement was justified in her own twisted way, because of what happened to her family, and before she knew all the facts about Vanessa.
But what Vanessa did to her? GARBAGE. She is genuinely a terrible human being for it, despite the fact that she pulled it off perfectly. Like, she needed an out, but come on. Ruining someone else's life in the process is not the way to go about it. Vanessa knew that everything that happened to her would happen to the next one. That's what makes it so terrible.
The more I thought about it, I realized that the surprise twist at the end with who the Replacement really was, THAT was what made the book worth two stars.