Author: Kimberly McCreight
Rating: 4/5 Stars
It all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your help.
Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: save her best friend from herself.
This time, it’s different, though. Instead of telling Wylie where she is, Cassie sends cryptic clues. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie sent him to help. Trusting the guy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice: she has to ignore her gut instinct and go with him.
But figuring out where Cassie goes from difficult to dangerous, fast. As Wylie and Jasper head farther and farther north into the dense woods of Maine, Wylie struggles to control her growing sense that something is really wrong. What isn’t Cassie telling them? And could finding her be only the beginning?
Oh my gosh, what did I just read?! I can understand why people are going crazy for this book because it is just amazing!
It’s starts off and you’re like, ok I can understand what is going on then it goes to wait, what? And plummets straight to what the heck happened to the sweet character we got to know in the beginning. (no lie, this is exactly what happened to me, and I ended up finishing the book in 5 hours at work). I don’t even know where to start with this review.
The beginning was a bit slow, I’m not going to lie. It starts off like every other story. One parent has died of a mysterious circumstance , leaving the other in charge of raising the children. In comes a strange and completely disoriented mother of an ex-best friend, and cue the boyfriend. It was a bit all over the place to start, and from reading many of the Goodreads comments, many would agree with this. But once they got on the road, the story had begun to pick up the pace and I was rushing to the end to find out what had really happened.
Without giving away to much, this story is filled with mystery, excitement and strange science experiments that could make or break a person. This book is full of false endings and I had no idea of the dark turns the plot would take. Strung together through a variety of cryptic text messages, it leaves us wanting to learn more about what it truly happening. Every character has something to hide and reading this becomes one huge puzzle to learn the truth. On parts, it became a little too knotty and I had trouble dissecting where exactly the story was leading me. It seemed that as it progressed we veered further from the psychological thriller I had expected. You don’t really learn who the Outliers are until the end of the novel, which through me for a loop in the end, but all in all, this is a perfect psychological thriller.
The ending was amazing, leaving us on a cliffhanger wanting more. But of corse, it is not what I had expected to be the ending, but the reader and the writer always have different views as to how novels should end. Overall, I did enjoy this book and I do plan on reading the next book in the series when it comes out next year.
-Read On Darlings!