Top critical review
Flawed but compelling
Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2019
I agree with most of these reviews. Good plot, interesting characters, great setting and somewhat suspenseful. But, the main character, upon whom the entire novel rests, was not believable. Not that there aren't people who lack empathy, but Malin's feelings were not always put on. The author wanted it both ways; Malin was a sociopath who faked feelings and Malin had true feelings of love for some of her friends and real concern for her parents. As a result, I didn't believe the ending. It felt like it just got plunked down on the final page. Also, some of the gestures between characters are over played and a bit monotonous Broader conversations could have reveal inner lives as well as the repetitious ones. So, that makes the novel a little narrow. Still, as a first novel a good story, a winner.