Book review: The End of Everything by Megan Abbott

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The end of everything book review
Format: Kindle
Page count: 246
Source: Bought from Amazon


Thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hood and her next-door neighbor, Evie Verver, are inseparable, best friends who swap clothes, bathing suits, and field-hockey sticks and between whom, presumably, there are no secrets. Then one afternoon, Evie disappears, and as a rabid, giddy panic spreads through the balmy suburban community, everyone turns to Lizzie for answers. Was Evie unhappy, troubled, or upset? Had she mentioned being followed? Would she have gotten into the car of a stranger?

Compelled by curiosity, Lizzie takes up her own furtive pursuit of the truth. Haunted by dreams of her lost friend and titillated by her own new power as the center of the disappearance, Lizzie uncovers secret after secret and begins to wonder if she knew anything at all about her best friend.


Review:


First book review in forever! I haven't been feeling well the past couple of weeks. The joint pain has been getting the better of me and I just didn't have it in me to write reviews. 

The End of Everything really grabbed me from the first few pages. This is a book that will keep you up at night. 

Lizzie and Evie are best friends. They practically live in each others pockets sharing secrets, as teenage girls tend to do. They are inseparable until one day Evie is taken from her. That day everything changes for Lizzie. 

What follows is a compelling yet often slightly disturbing effort by Lizzie to get Evie home. Her journey involves delving deep into Evie's family life and she begins to wonder whether she really knew her best friend at all. 

The End of Everything really focuses on relationships but it's hard to talk about the individual relationships without spoiling the story but it was interesting that the girl's relationships seem to mirror each other throughout the whole book. Lizzie forms a strong attachment to Evie's father. She worships in a way that is not entirely innocent. The reader is also lead to wonder if his intentions are totally innocent either. What is clear though is that he sees Lizzie as a portal to Evie. He is convinced that she knows something that he doesn't.

There is a twist in this book and although it wasn't entirely surprising it still kept me racing through the pages.

The ending won't be to everyone taste but I loved it. I really love when the last chapter, or even the last page flicks a switch in your brain and makes you re think everything you've just read. 

I've only read one Megan Abbott book before this (Dare me). It didn't grab me like this one did but I will definitely be returning to her books in the future. 

 

Rating:

★ ★ ★ ★ 

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