I chose this title as my First Reads from Prime this month and I am at least happy that no money was spent in acquiring this title.
I really wanted to like this one because the premise was interesting and had me hooked. Sadly, it took forever for me to actually get into it. The story is told from alternating viewpoints of Charlotte and Elle, whose lives intersect in a pretty horrible way, though Charlotte doesn't know that.
Charlotte is locked away in her gated community with a husband who has to travel constantly for work. She is extremely cautious and fearful of the outside world due to reasons we discover along the way, thanks to Elle, the high school senior who 'accidentally' befriends her.
It's not a terrible story, but some of the parts were incredibly predictable, though there were a couple twists I did not see coming. I was not sure how the ending would play out, so that was a relief at least, even though I had guessed bits and pieces. I never expect a book to completely surprise me 100%, that is impossible. But there should not be some things that are so obvious, it's not even fair. Luckily this book did not have many of those moments.
Unfortunately, with the exception of a minor character who is actually pretty major but does not seem that way for most of the book, all of these people suck. None of them are even a bit likable and it was hard to care about what happened to any of them. I will be the first person to say that characters don't have to be likable for a book to be good (and I LOVE an unreliable narrator, usually) but there were none here. Literally none. NONE.
Everyone is lying, the end.