Saturday, 21 February 2015

Book Review: Heartless by Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars #7)

In picturesque Rosewood, Pennsylvania, neighbors gossip over picket fences, and gleaming SUVs sit in every crushed-granite driveway. But recently, friendly smiles have been replaced with suspicious glares and accusatory whispers and it's all because Hanna, Aria, Emily, and Spencer just can't keep their mouths shut. . . . 

First they claimed they found a dead body in the woods behind Spencer's house, only to have it vanish without a trace. Then when the same woods went up in flames, they swore they saw someone who's supposed to be dead rise from the ashes. And even after all that, the pretty little liars are still playing with fire. 

Hanna's trading in her Dior trench for a straitjacket. Aria's trying to contact the dead. Emily's dumped her boyfriend and is skipping town . . . again. And Spencer thinks someone in her family has gotten away with murder. 

The friends insist they're telling the truth about what they saw, but all of Rosewood thinks they're simply out for attention and nobody likes a girl who cries wolf. So when the big bad killer comes after the girls, will anyone believe them . . . or will they be the next to disappear?

My Review:
Things are really hotting up in the aftermath of the fire that the girls were lucky to survive. Alison is nowhere to be seen and of course nobody believes the girls when they claim that they saw her, just as they didn't believe the story about Ian's body. Wilden tells them to stop talking about it but it is too late and the gossips treat the girls as if they are crazy.

Spencer's parents finally tell her the truth about Olivia and it looks as if she has repaired her relationship with her parents. But of course, Spencer is always managing to screw up and when she discovers and exposes a dark family secret, it might destroy the family forever. Aria decides to try to contact Alison through a medium and gets a surprise. Emily goes on a road trip to try to solve the death of Alison once and for all, and to investigate a suspect. Emily honey, believing anything that 'A' tells you could be dangerous to your health! Her conclusions and actions in this book are so mental that she needs to swap places with Hanna in the institution!

Kate shows her true colours and exposes Hanna's eating disorder so of course her lovely father solves the problem by having her locked up for treatment. It is here that Hanna meets a girl who seems to know a lot about her-and Alison. The plot thickens! Hanna behaves like such a moron in this book with her interactions with the other girls. She really is a snotty bitch but she is also so interesting to read about!

There are a few interesting developments in this book. The secret that Spencer uncovers (last chance to look away, I'm warning you!) is that her father had a long affair with Alison's mother-and Alison could have been her sister. If that wasn't bad enough, the couple planned to meet that night, and it seems that Ian, Melissa and her mother knew about it. Did this give Melissa or her mother a reason to kill Alison? Spencer talks about it and realises too late that her mother knew nothing of the affair-and Spencer may have finally destroyed her family. Intriguing! Emily thinks that another girl is buried in Alison's grave instead-the dead girlfriend of a suspect. And then we get the shocking end to the Jenna side plot which I wasn't expecting at all and the news that Ian seems to be alive and well, trying to help Spencer put all the clues together.

So, where are we now? Is Alison alive with someone else buried in her grave? I would've thought they would have DNA tested the body found to be sure that it was Alison. I think the whole killer cop thing is just a smokescreen and that Emily is on a wild goose chase. The notion of the girls being arrested for murder is just so stupid that I wondered if the author had lost the plot. It was a very stupid and thankfully short-lived storyline. This book is full of theories that are mostly red-herrings I think but we seem to be getting closer to the end of the mystery, although the number of books published in the series has me wondering about that.

I'm still intrigued enough to want the answers. When do we find out who killed Alison? Who is the new 'A'? Hopefully we will find out soon! 
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