Phoebe Shaw returns to Dent street years after leaving it and the rust maidens behind. Back with a mission of closure, she seems to think that her memories have haunted her.
As a teen, she’s in a town that doesn’t want her, a family who tolerate her, a community that loathes her, and a best friend who accepts her. Jacqueline. When they plot to escape, Phoebe finds that she’s one of the rust maidens.
The author did a good job of explaining what a rust maiden was, how they morphed into what they become, her imagery was plain and clear. I enjoyed her book.
There were times in the book that it seemed to crawl, but that may be my own opinion. It took me longer than it usually does to get through this one. I did, however, enjoy it.
The closure at the end was nice and the ending of the novel perfect.
I do have one dislike, I wasn’t particularly into the Adrian and Phoebe thing. It may have been meant to be a teenage escape, but came off creepy. I did think trying to form that bond at the end was a way of making up for that. I just didn’t get a good feeling from it. I was irked by it, to be honest.
All in all solid book and story. A first read of Gwendolyn Kiste for me but I’m intrigued enough to check out further work.