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𝘐 𝘳𝘦𝘀𝘦π˜ͺ𝘷𝘦π˜₯ 𝘒 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘀𝘰𝘱𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘡𝘩π˜ͺ𝘴 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 π˜ͺ𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘀𝘩𝘒𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘒𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘡 𝘳𝘦𝘷π˜ͺ𝘦𝘸.

When I requested this book on NetGalley, I was fully convinced that this was going to be a five star book. I was right.
First, let’s talk about the characters.
β€œAct like you have power, and you just might get it.”
May and Gemma’s main goal in this book was to find justice for Lulu, so I figured I should talk about her. Of course, we don’t actually get to see her because she’s dead, but from what I learned about her from May’s memories, I really liked her. Lulu was such an inspirational, courageous woman. I think we can all learn a lot from her character and her ambition. She didn’t deserve the end she got.
Now, moving on to the two main characters of this book, May and Gemma. I liked both of them a lot, each for different reasons.
β€œLife gave us plenty of opportunities to be afraid, and an equal number of chances to punch those fears in the nose.”
Gemma was really something. She was a very driven, brave (but at times, stupid) woman with very big ideas. She could not be silenced and she refused to let the killer get away. She was prepared to do whatever it took to fight the injustice. That’s what I liked about her. Sure, she was stubborn and sometimes made stupid mistakes, but she had a goal and she fought to accomplish it. She wasn’t just going to sit still and do nothing while someone from her town was killed, which is why I admired her. My only complaint about her character was that she talked/thought a lot about her sister being really pretty and kind of reducing her to her looks. Of course, she knew that her sister was more than that. She probably didn’t actually mean anything by it, but it just annoyed me a little.
β€œHow many petals can a flower lose before it stops being a flower? Before everything withers away and only the memory remains?”
May was definitely very different from Gemma, but I found that she was the one I related to. While I may have admired Gemma for her boldness, I understood May. As the oldest daughter who is expected to the more responsible, sensible sister, I understood her point of view. She had more pressure on her, pressure from her family and pressure from her community, in a sense, to be a certain type of way. She cared more about other people’s judgement because she had to. Despite that, however, she also knew she had to help Lulu. And so she did. While Gemma is an example of those who are born as spirited people, May is an example of those who are not as bold, but still have just as much potential to be brave and make an impact on society.
Gemma and May might’ve been very different each other, but both were great characters.
Now, about the actual murder.
I could not guess how Lulu was killed, or who the killer was. I thought I would figure it out, but I couldn’t, so I ended up following their investigation and only realizing the truth when the characters did. The author wrote the way it all came together very well. The truth was definitely shocking, but it made a lot of sense.
Lastly, about the ending. I still have some questions, and I’m not fully satisfied, but overall, I’m pretty happy with how it ended. It was a pretty nice way to tie it all together.
Overall, this book was really interesting and I think the author did a really great job in writing it. Without a doubt, 5 stars.