I'm highly impressed by what Indrajit Garai managed to do with three short stories in The Sacrifice, each with the depth to stand alone but together forming a coherent, heartfelt anthology on the lengths ordinary people go to protect what they love.
With Bad, I thought I'd be getting a psychologically suspenseful retelling of The Talented Mr. Ripley in the vein of Genuine Fraud and Social Creature. Instead, it was more L.S. Hilton's Maestra trilogy.
My hopes were answered: The Brink of Darkness is livelier, grittier and more rewarding than its predecessor.
Girl at Sea reads much like an improved version of fellow 2018 YA contemporary The Truth and Lies of Ella Black. Overall, this is a nice summer read provided that you can get past the confusing opening chapters.
Witty humour and an undeniable chemistry between the leads makes for a fun summer read, but Carter Lane's thoughtless selfishness is almost enough to derail your enjoyment of the book.