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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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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...more
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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

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...more
May 22, 2014 Jack marked it as to-read
Shelves: wishlist
Looks dark, and creepy. I want it.

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
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...more
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

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.
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
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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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...more
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...more
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
You can only feel bad for so long when someone else's pain is hurting you, too.

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...more
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,...more
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...more
*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...more
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...more
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

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...more
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...more

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* 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...more
Holy shit.

You know exactly what the truth is pretty early on because, you know, you KNOW. But the thing is, the story's brilliant about how it gets there.

Longer review to come. I loved Charm & Strange and its exploration of mental illness. I love Complicit even more...for the experience of mental illness.

Full review here:
Are you looking for a good psychological thriller? Then look no further. COMPLICIT, by Stephanie Kuehn, tells the story of Jamie Henry and his sister, Cate, whose mother was violently murdered. After witnessing his mother’s murder, Jamie is left with emotional scars that affect him physically, causing him to have blackouts and to temporarily lose the use of his hands when he is under stress. Jamie and Cate were lucky enough to get adopted by a loving couple who are super rich, but then Cate star...more
Another psychological mind-fuck from Stephanie Kuehn. She is indeed the queen of the twisty teenage minds. I have to admit, however, that Complicit did not charm me (HA!) the way Charm & Strange did. I think that will always be my favourite work of hers.

Our MC, Jamie, lives with his adoptive parents and has a condition where his hands freeze up - some kind of psychosomatic nerve reaction from a past trauma. He has a sister, Cate, who just finished doing time in a juvenile detention centre fo...more
Hayden Casey
COMPLICIT left me with a terrible taste in my mouth, but in the best possible way.

Upon turning the final page, I had lost all hope in humanity. Kuehn has mastered the Flynn-esque ending that essentially personifies dread, and it is what ultimately save the novel. The first hundred pages were so-so for me, as I was thrust into the world of our protagonist, Jamie, and not quite enthralled the whole time. But, as I hoped it would, the tension and terror built as the novel raced toward its explosiv...more
Liz (Consumed by Books)
Holy crap, THAT ENDING. There's great writing and really great exploration of mental illness. I had such strong feelings about these characters.

Full review to come.
I'm going to upgrade my mid-book assumption (see my update) about this book and ultimately give it 4 stars. But probably not for the reason you think. Because I was absolutely correct when I guessed - about 50 pages into the book - what the "twist" was going to be at the end. And that bothered me most of the way through. But bear with me here...

Sixteen year old Jamie Henry and his older sister Cate were adopted into a wealthy family as young children. They're constantly reminded how lucky they w...more
Marion Hale
The reader joins the story with Jamie living with his adoptive parents and his sister, Cate, is in juvenile detention for burning down the neighbour's stable killing horses and badly burning a a girl from their school. Jamie and Cate had a poor upbringing, living with their young mother in a bad neighbourhood, until their mother is shot and killed. Jamie and Cate are adopted by a very wealthy couple and it seems like life is looking up. However things aren't always what they seem. Jamie and Cate...more
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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.

Passions of mine include mental health advocacy, social justice, and sports of all kinds. I currently live in Northern California with my family and our wild menagerie of pets. CHARM & STRANGE and COMPLICIT are out n...more
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