(Thank you Bloomsbury for the chance to review this book)
Plot summary (as Goodreads put it):
Monsters lurk where you least expect…
Charlotte has always felt ordinary compared to her two best friends at the prestigious Weston Preparatory Institute. Not enigmatic and daring like Ariel or beautiful and brilliant like Devon, Charlotte has never quite met the standards of the school—or those of her demanding mother. But with Ariel and Devon by her side, none of that mattered. They became the family she never had.
Until the unthinkable happens—Ariel commits suicide. And less than a month later, so does Devon.
Everyone accepts the suicides as tragic coincidences, but Charlotte refuses to believe that. And when she finds mysterious clues left behind by Ariel, Charlotte is thrust down a path that leads to a dangerous secret about Weston Prep. There’s a reason Weston students are so exceptional, and the people responsible are willing to kill to protect the truth…
Breaking is another chilling thriller from Danielle Rollins. It was hard to get into at first (I think it would’ve survived without the prologue), but once the plot was set into motion, things escalated pretty fast with suspense and twisty revelations hooking you in. Because the book is mostly plot-driven, I couldn’t connect with Charlotte and didn’t care about the other characters, though Zoe was cool and I wanted to slap Charlotte’s evil mother.
I like my romances on the side, but the romance in this book – between Charlotte and Jack, Ariel’s ex – was mediocre and just not worth adding in. I found the treasure hunt set by Ariel and the whole investigation more romantic than Jack.
The last 20 pages or so were kind of a letdown. Things became predictable and rushed. The ending makes me reluctant to pick up the next book. Maybe it would’ve been better if this was a standalone.
Breaking has a cool concept and I enjoyed the fairytale references, but the execution especially towards the end didn’t live up to it.