In March 2017, I was given the wonderful opportunity to stay a weekend as a writer-in-residence at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. This visit was free, in exchange for sharing about my trip on social media, and blogging about it. Therefore, this could be considered a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
The FTC requires me to inform you that I received a free copy of this wonderful thriller from the author, Michelle D. Argyle, in exchange for a well-earned honest review.
Genre & Length: Thriller (Upper YA/NA), 414 pages
Eighteen year-old Starry is destined to take over her father’s powerful drug syndicate. But when she finds out he has kept her only sister a secret from her, she can’t trust him anymore. Furious, Starry vows to find Emma, even though she knows her defiance could lead to losing the position she’s worked so hard to inherit. But Emma isn’t quite the sister Starry hoped for. She’s a straight-laced good girl who wants nothing more than to take down the syndicate that destroyed her family. Starry, willing to do anything to secure her place in the syndicate, accepts her father’s ultimatum to kill Emma and everyone helping her. But the more Starry gets to know Emma, and the more secrets she uncovers, the more she questions whether the price of saving the syndicate is too high—even for someone as cold-blooded and vicious as Starry.
Plot: Absolutely fascinating. Both Starry and Emma are so strong-willed and determined, it’s just been directed in different ways because of how they were raised. The conflict between the two of their worlds merging, as well as the personal conflict that develops between the sisters when they finally meet is well done and believable.
Pacing: Perfect. It never feels like the story is dragging. Every time I would pick the book up, I was surprised at how far I’d read into the story when I had to stop, and yet it also never felt rushed.
Writing Style: I’ll be honest, I love how Michelle writes. This is not the first of her books I’ve read (you can read my review of Bonded here) and I love how easy it is to fall into her stories and her worlds.