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Two years ago, sixteen-year-old Jamie Henry breathed a sigh of relief when a judge sentenced his older sister to juvenile detention for burning down their neighbor’s fancy horse barn. The whole town did. Because Crazy Cate Henry used to be a nice girl. Until she did a lot of bad things. Like drinking. And stealing. And lying. Like playing weird mind games in the woods with ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Wendy Darling
I was pretty convinced for awhile this was the best YA thriller I'd read in a long time. I still felt that way even after I guessed about a quarter of the way in what the big secret was that's causing Jamie's inexplicable symptoms and the tragedy in his past. It's easy for me to accept vague answers and misdirects if the writing and characterization are exceptionally strong, or if the mood of the book suits the structure.

But once a thriller crosses into a more realistic tone, as this one does w
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Giselle
WHAAAAAAA!

Holy mother of god this book is some kind of messed up! Like, whoa! But it's the kind of disturbing that is really wonderfully brilliant when you turn the last page, sit back and really think about it. It's a story that will make your skin crawl, an ending that made me want to pee myself, and a memorable quality that makes it all unforgettable.

Jamie comes off as someone who is mentally unstable from the very start. Understandably so after learning the tragedy that is his childhood. An
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Faye, la Patata
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...was pretty much what I felt upon finishing this book.





...was pretty much what I said upon finishing this book.

I first encountered Stephanie Kuehn's work last year with her Charm & Strange, a mystery/psychological heart-rending book that somehow turned my world upside down while reading it. It was a story that was full of pain and anger and sadness, a story that moved me beyond tears. Aside from that, it was also a WTF book. It made me scream internally, my mind

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Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Mafia Princess*


Where do I start, I want this be a spoiler-free review! Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn, is the kind of dark read I would have loved during my teenage years! My head would've been clean and clear of all other mind bending reads and I wouldn't have been jaded by all the completely dark stuff I have read. Don't get me wrong I thoroughly enjoyed this book, there was a dark and deep sense of foreboding the entire time I read it!

Jamie, is in high school and apart from having to deal with the general iss
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Jack
May 22, 2014 Jack marked it as to-read
Shelves: wishlist
Looks dark, and creepy. I want it.

Steph Sinclair
I really don't know how to review this book, guys. It was such a mindfuck that I'm not sure the right words even exist to describe this, but I'll try. It's dark, twisted and strange. On some level, I knew what the twist was -- which is my only criticism -- but the final one at the very, very end? WHOA. What the fuck did I just read?

Unfortunately, I can't really talk about any aspects of this novel without completely giving it away, so you'll just have to read it for yourself.If you enjoy psychol
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Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Book Blog)
4.5 Stars... really addicting

Jamie has just found out that his older sister has been released from juvie... and now he can't feel his hands. 2 years ago, Cate went away for starting a fire, but now she's out and apparently she wants Jamie to know some things. Like what really happened when their real mother died... and other things that Jamie can't remember.

Jamie and Cate were adopted by a couple after their mom was shot and killed. Cate was outgoing and fun, Jamie had tons of problems. Through
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Rose
Initial reaction: Word to the wise: the less you know about this book, the better it'll probably seem to you. The writing was very good, and I'll admit I really liked turns of the book where I followed Jamie through his meandering quest to discover his past and navigating the convoluted hints his sister, Cate, drops.

But I have to say that there were things I didn't like about the narrative and places where I think it could've added just a bit more to give it that extra punch for the aim it was g
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Louisa
What was that ending? WHAT WAS THAT ENDING?! %*(@$



I really don't know what to say. I guess I was expecting a mindfuck, and it was a pretty good one in retrospect, but the execution... left something to be desired. God, it's so hard talking about it without giving away anything. Let's just say there must be 50 pages missing from the end because that can't be all.

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Mith
Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

Disclaimer : If you have not yet read the blurb for this book, DO NOT READ IT - It gives away way, WAY too much information. (But if you are of the kind that believes that it's the journey and not the destination, then go right ahead).

If you've already read the blurb then the mindfuck factor of this book lessens considerably, but the ending will still make you gasp and say "What?! What?!" for about 10 minutes straight.

Recommended for those who like works by Gillian Flynn.
Keertana
Kuehn's Charm & Strange burst upon my radar like a splash of color, surprising me not only with its vivid portrayal of psychological illness but also with its all-too-real characterization, forcing my heart into the story. Complicit, on the other hand, is far too emotionally jarring. While its premises is fascinating, I felt starkly removed from the novel until the last quarter. Jamie, our protagonist, is battling a sea of problems in Complicit, most notably that his older sister is finally ...more
Rayne
Complicit is an intense, clever, disturbing and thrilling ride that's brilliantly written and has one of the best endings I've read in quite a while. It takes a while to pick up and spends quite a lot of time in the romance, which are basically the only reasons why I gave it 4 stars, but everything else about this book is done amazingly well. What impressed me the most about this book is that Kuehn is so clever with her writing that, while you might see some things coming, she prepared in antici ...more
Bailey
You can only feel bad for so long when someone else's pain is hurting you, too.
-Cate

Complicit was a mind boggling book that was not only gripping, but also a heartbreaking and amazingly executed novel. I imagine that the less you know of the story, the more you will love it and find it hopefully intriguing. So, I will try to keep that in mind while I review Kuehn's masterpiece.

Jamie Henry has had a tough life. This doesn't mean that he's had a few ups and downs, but that he lived in a horribl
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Jen Ryland
Initial thoughts:

LOVED it. Definitely some similarities to Charm and Strange -- narrated by a teenage boy who has some issues, plus an overall creepy vibe. But Stephanie Kuehn is officially on my auto-buy list :)

And I agree with what others have said: better not to read that blurb before going in. The less you know, the better.

Official thoughts:

If you read Stephanie Kuehn's debut novel, Charm and Strange, you know that she's a talented writer who is a master at creating a creepy and suspensef
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Jen
4 stars
It's always those psychological thriller books that have me thinking by the end: What did I just read? Did I even understand what I read? Is my brain comprehending this?? (clearly not.)

For real though, Complicit blew my mind. It's a short and exciting read, one that begs to have its pages flipped quickly. The premise is creepy and unlike anything I've ever read--more importantly, it's told from the perspective of a teenage boy. This is the first that I've read from Stephanie Kuehn, but it
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Molly
Huge thank you to the publisher for letting me read an advanced copy of this. Writing this honest review to say thank you

Mannnnnnn, this book was good, but there were a few things that really stuck out that I didn't like. For one... I REALLY wish the blurb didn't spoil it for us. Like, because I knew that Jamie was crazy, I was just watching for it. Partially that was fun, but it really took the gut-punch out of the gut-punch.

So Jamie is this really smart, affluent kid who gets amazing grades,
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Jenni Arndt
Actual rating is 4.5

Complicit is exactly the kind of book I like to read, but have so much trouble finding. At the same time it is exactly the kind of book that I hate reviewing. Full of twists, turns and unreliable characters, this novel keeps you guessing until the very end and leaves you with a conclusion that will have your jaw on the floor.

Jamie Henry is 16 years old and he doesn’t know much about his past. He knows that he was adopted at a young age and that he was very lucky to have gotte
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Jo
I think I would have enjoyed this more had I not read the description of what the book was about. I sort of knew what was going to happen, and that took the wind out of the sails a bit. It was an edge of your seat thriller, but didn't sacrifice character for plot. Jaimie is a great protagonist, and I love that it is from his POV. I did, however, think there was too much foul language. I know I'm old fashioned, but it felt like the words were written just to be edgy. It came across as vulgar for ...more
Klee
Things I am tired of reading in connection with Complicit: that it is a "mind f*$!" andthat the blurb gives too much away. Things I am not tired of: Kuehn's dialogue scenes; the desire/need to read the why and how and the words of what happens (despite having a decent idea from the blurb); and getting that thrilling gut punch. Not a sucker punch mind you. The author didn't write this just to deliver the ending and it is misleading to keep harping on it. What is the saying - It is the journey not ...more
Shelley Coughlin Porter
This book: what the hell.
LailaBC
BE WARNED THERE MIGHT BE SPOILERS AHEAD!

OKAY...OKAY...WTF KIND OF ENDING WAS THAT????!!!! AGAIN I PROTEST THIS FRAUD!
But seriously though even though my own theory about what really went down in Jamie's dark past that he forgot about the details due to the trauma of it, was proven right towards the end, that last chapter though was just all sorts of mind f*ckery...in a good way. I don't usually go for this kind of genre but this came highly recommended and it got great feedbacks so far from oth
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Liz Wilkins
Publication Date: 24th June 2014 from St Martins Griffin.

Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy via netgalley.

Two years ago, sixteen-year-old Jamie Henry breathed a sigh of relief when a judge sentenced his older sister to juvenile detention for burning down their neighbor’s fancy horse barn. The whole town did. Because Crazy Cate Henry used to be a nice girl. Until she did a lot of bad things. Like drinking. And stealing. And lying. Like playing weird mind games in the woods
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Isamlq
WTF was that? The blurb makes it perfectly clear what's to happen. That ominous It's him ending should take away from the reader's need to know. Because in essence we're told their what's what point blank... And yet, that's not how things play out.

Him piecing their past together, it's almost boring; but him piecing his reality together? Fascinating... even to that last moment when I was left gobsmacked about what had just/finally taken place. Because as he so eloquently put it himself, ' Percept
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*Marsha,Marsha,Marsha* It's always Marsha
4 Chilling Stars I received this ARC via Netgalley for an honest review.

This was a break from my usual fare. I read the blurb, found it interesting and decided to "request." I am so glad I did. This book is told strictly from the viewpoint of Jamie/Jim/Jimmy. We know from the blurb that his sister, Cate, has been in Juvenile Detention for some horrible crimes. She's now released and she is coming for Jamie.

The writing in this story pulled me in quickly and the urge to seek the truth about Cat
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Kayleigh Dolly D'Andilly
There is something addictive and dark about Stephanie Kuehn’s writing. You get hooked on page one and with short choppy chapters you keep thinking just one more page.

The main character is complicated and is almost sleepwalking through his life, but it’s his sister that was truly interesting. I wanted to know so much more about her and what went on in those woods, I could have read a hole book just about that.

There are some great twists and turns in this book but I can’t say the ending was a tot
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Stefanie
I'm not even sure why I read this one. I think a couple reviews I stumbled across intrigued me enough to want to know about the twist, and since it's a YA book, I figured it would be a quick enough read to not be a waste of time finding out. Don't make the same mistake. The majority of the book is a simply, uninterestingly written story about an uninteresting teenager. The last two chapters take that uninteresting teenager in a full 180, but the "WHAT THE EFF WAS THAT" reaction isn't any sort of ...more
Lauren
That was a wonderfully wicked ending! I loved this book. It was full of mystery and intrigue and kept me guessing through out and even now. So many questions! Even as the story progressed and the mystery was "resolved" I still don't believe how it ended! I'm not sure I want to believe the real story of Jamie and Cate! I really don't believe we have been told what really happened yet! This would be a great book for group discussion! I was given a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for m ...more
Amanda
3.5 STARS

This book is all about the ending!!! The ending was gloriously disturbing! It was chilling! It was awesome! As for the mind-F leading up to it…hmm…my brain may or may not have some repressing to do. Because while there are handfuls of tension and a HUGE mystery to be solved, this is one of those books where everything is an obvious means to the The End…from the opening chapter to the big reveal, it all feels a bit tedious. It hooked me, yes, but not always with a scene by scene sense of
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Kyle
Better than I had initially expected. While I think the major twist can be seen awhile before the reveal, the writing is solid, story is interesting, most of the characters and their dynamics are unique and disturbing to read about, the back and forth timeline worked extremely well, and the ending is beyond chilling. Although I wish Jenny had been given more fleshing out, since she was one of the more important minor characters.
Annette
Complicit kept me guessing until the end. Even though I knew the narrator was "unreliable," I still wasn't sure what was really going on.

Jamie and Cate Henry have had a disturbing past. Their mom was shot in front of both of them. They were living a life of poverty, then were put into foster care. They were very lucky to both be adopted by a couple who had lost their two children in an accident.

So, yes, the first issue is that these are "replacement" kids for the Henrys, and some issues surely c
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I'm a YA writer who grew up in Berkeley, California, which is a quirky sort of a place with a ton of wonderful bookstores. My very first job was working in one of those bookstores.

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