Growing up in the sleepy English seaside town of Brynston, the fearless five – Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane – were always inseparable. But when Max’s beloved older sister Jessica is killed, the friendship seems to die with her.
Now years later, only Max and Ella are in touch; still best friends and a couple since they were thirteen. But Ella is hiding things. Like why she hates going to Max’s house for Sunday dinner, and flinches whenever his family are near. Or the real reason she’s afraid to take their relationship to the next level.
When underdog Corey is bullied, the fearless five are brought back together again, teaming up to wreak havoc and revenge on those who have wronged them. But when the secrets they are keeping can no longer be kept quiet, will their fearlessness be enough to save them from themselves?
Author: C. J. Skuse
Format: Paperback ARC
Publisher: Mira Ink
My first thought about this book is how gripping the plot was. I really struggled to put this book down because I was enjoying it so much (honestly I only put it down when I had to do something else). It constantly gave me the feeling that there was ‘something coming’, which made me want to read on to find out what the ‘something’ was. At the end of each chapter, there was a question being asked to Ella, what made them more intriguing was the fact that you don’t know who is asking the questions, this really added to the book.
One of my favourite things about this book was the way all the characters re-bonded. It didn’t feel forced or fake, and it was good to see how they could all get on even though they’d grown up a bit, meaning they’d matured. This leads to the only bit of criticism I have for the book, was that Zane’s re-connection didn’t feel like it fit properly. There were no scenes of him having a friendly, genuine discussion before the one of him and Ella on ‘the hill’.
I loved the way the character diversity made the story more interesting., the five of them make a good friendship group despite them all being quite different. This could especially apply to one of the Characters, Fallon, who lives on a farm and therefore has a bit of a different lifestyle to the others. The story was set in a small seaside town – the perfect place to put a group of people who all have secrets, Ella’s being the biggest and most shocking to everyone.
The ending was well written and quite unexpected – it made me cry when I didn’t think I would, but it also felt like the right thing for the book. I would definitely recommend this book!