“Never try to open the locked doors. Never question what you are told. And never attempt to cross the Boundary. Kept inside an eerie estate for their entire lives, Penny and her five friends have had no contact with the outside world, with their only windows being a handful of books, a sinister master and a secretive housekeeper. Fed up of living a mystery, Penny begins breaking all the rules and finally tries to escape; but what she uncovers is far more devastating than she could have imagined. It rapidly becomes a deadly struggle for the truth in a world where nothing is what it seems, and friendship can be either your greatest weapon…or your biggest liability.”
The premise of this book was very intriguing. It is the first in The Other Horizons Trilogy. I don’t want to give too much away, so suffice it to say the blurb does a good job of reeling you in and letting you know the basic plot outline. I am not sure the cover does the story justice. I would probably have looked this book over, but it is quite an interesting read.
The writer uses very descriptive language throughout the story. You can become immersed even in the mundane experience of the youth’s lives in the manor and their feelings. There were a few typos but none distracting enough to keep my mind wandering from the plot. The plot, by the way, was very thought out and it drew me in almost immediately. The mystery and suspense were great.
The characters were endearing and compelling though they seemed a bit younger than 15. I attribute this to their sheltered life. The menacing manor master was portrayed very well, as were the cook/nanny, Ms. Beatrix. I like the characters and became engulfed in the story when the action really got going.
It was an easy and enjoyable read that I was able to finish in a day, off & on. I found that when I left it to go attend to a chore, I wanted to get back to it. I am looking forward to the next book to see what happens and how some things wrap up and some questions can be answered. The author certainly has a talent for mystery and suspense writing as she leads you right to a point where you want to continue with the books.
Definitely worth the read. I would recommend it to younger audiences as well. The writing is not so that it would be “above their heads” and there aren’t any naughty scenes or anything like that. I could actually see it being made into a film. Overall, I will give this book a 4.75.
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