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The sham

February 24, 2015

The sham is written by Ellen Allen.

Source: I recieved this eARC from the author through NetGalley.

Publisher: Ellen Allen

Publication date: december 4th, 2014


Summary from NetGalley:

When love leads to death, be careful who you trust…

Eighteen-year-old Emily Heath would love to leave her dead-end town, known locally as “The Sham”, with her boyfriend, Jack, but he’s very, very sick; his body is failing and his brain is shutting down. He’s also in hiding, under suspicion of murder. Six months’ ago, strange signs were painted across town in a dialect no one has spoken for decades and one of Emily’s classmates washed up in the local floods.

Emily has never trusted her instincts and now they’re pulling her towards Jack, who the police think is a sham himself, someone else entirely. As the town wakes to discover new signs plastered across its walls, Emily must decide who and what she trusts, and fast: local vigilantes are hunting Jack; the floods, the police, and her parents are blocking her path; and the town doesn’t need another dead body.


I read the summary of the book, liked the cover and was intrigued.

The book starts off with a very graphic scene were there are bullying, bad bullying. I’m honestly not quite sure how to feel about this book. I mean, I think I liked it, but at the same time it confused me a lot, all the time. I don’t usually like being confused (at least not in real life), but in books in can sometimes be a good thing. The reason I think it’s occasionally good with confusion in books, it’s because I can’t guess the end, they keep me on my toes, and brings something new to the table. I don’t want to much confusion though, because, well, that wouldn’t be fun.

I think this book has just about the right amount of confusion for me. In a way it was frustrating not to understand everything right away, but at the same time it was good. Hm, I’m really bad at explaining this 😦

The point is, the book is dark and confusing, and I reallyy liked it. The twist and turns, you never knew what would happen. (I think I’ve said that in as many ways as I can now, I’ll stop).

I liked the main character Emily. She wasn’t like everyone else, but at the same time that didn’t really define who she was as a person. Jack confused me (with good reason). One thing I was a little disappointed about was Grace, Emilys former friend. I wanted to know more about her, and what really happened there. The other thing about the book was that things didn’t always makes sense (although, to me, the ending helped it out). A couple of places the book seems to be a little all over the place, so I could have wished for a little bit more cohesiveness.

Overall I like the book, but I will admit, it might not be for everyone.

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