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Jamie is told by Kate that he is the one who killed their mother. He…more I totally feel you the end is really confusing. So Basically here's what happens:
Jamie is told by Kate that he is the one who killed their mother. He doesn't remember because he has a mental illness that when something angers him (his mom had to go to work and that piss him off) he does something bad (first he spills the milk on his mom and then shoots her with a gun). After he does it he feels bad about it, but then somehow he totally forgets it. (BTW he also was the one who burned the barn down, and set set the dumpster on fire) And that's the reason why his hand always freezes up; because he is guilty about all the think he did, but he doesn't remember it.
Jamie is then shown a picture of their mom by Cate and wants to keep it, but Cate won't let him. This pisses him off and then he starts to fight Cate for the picture. He pushes Cate off the cliff, causing Cate's death. I'm then guessing that he got Cate's phone in the process and sent texts about how Cate would through herself off the cliff to his phone, so it would look like Cate was suicidal.
Then Jamie felt bad about it, and this was when he was about to commit suicide, but then he forgets all about it.
This is when he reads the texts that "Cate" (quotes because he sent the texts) "sent him" abotu how she was going to throw herself off the cliff. He find Cate's body and calls the police.
After that he goes to Jenny's. When he and Jenny start getting it on, she finds the picture in Jamie's back pocket (the picture of his real mom). He says he doesn't know what it is because, remember he forgets about all the bad stuff that happened. So he throws it into the fire, and then states its "nothing important. I'd remember if it was."
So basically Jamie is very sick person inside and isn't aware of it because he always make himself forget about it. He also really needs help.
I'm sorry if this mad no sense what so ever and leaves more confused then before.
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But once a thriller crosses into a more realistic tone, as this one does w ...more
“Complicit” is a dark, messed up intriguing read that will fucked-up with your head and make you question everything you read. It’s a well written YA dark mystery/psychological thriller so you must read it without reading any spoiler-ish reviews.
The narrator here is Jamie Henry a 16 years old boy who as much as he wants to be a ‘normal’ teenager he can’t. He doesn’t want to be associated with his sister Cate. Not because he doesn’t love her, but because ‘Crazy Cate’ like she is called ...more
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
...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...more
"For every truth best left a lie."
What does it say about a book when you can guess the big twist 12% in?
I'm not a thriller genre veteran, but even I could see the direction it was heading in. A "crazy" sister with a secret, a little brother with a record for amnesia, something bad that happened in the past... If you've read at least one or thrillers in the past, you know what the big secret is.
(Amnesia, next to unreliable narrator, is the queen of thriller plots. You have to do something real ...more
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
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 psycho ...more
Complicit is the second novel of Stephanie Kuehn after Charm & Strange (3 stars). Complicit, however, is way crazier than Charm & Strange. By crazier I mean, I can't control my emotions that spiked up eventually during and after reading the book and I can't wrapped up my head on it that I'm still pondering on what the hell just happened. Which I did not experience in Charm & Strange so it's a plus.
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 ...more
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
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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I'm not going to try to write some well thought-out review because I honestly can't. I don't even know what thoughts I'm having.
This book had me guessing until the end, and I absolutely love that in a book. I haven't read something that had me so physiologically messed up since I read Gone Girl...so obviously, I loved that.
However I'm a little pissed at that ending, hence why it didn't get a ful ...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.
These are dream that hold our most private of truths.
These are the dreams that destinies are made of.”
Charm and Strange still stand as one of the best psychological thriller I ever read. I held that book as a prime example on how Kuehn’s follow up novel would be.
Complicit is another remarkable story. It’s my certain cup of tea. The elegant, enthralling lyric ...more
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
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.
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
And so I loved loved loved this absolute mind fuck of a book. The MC's are unlikeable and cruel and manipulative and so so very much human.
Only a couple of things kept this from being ...more
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 horrib ...more
When I read a book and absolutely fall in love with it, I’m one of those that will then run to Amazon and purchase every book by the same author. Such is the case with Stephanie Kuehn; I recently read Charm and Strange and loved it so much I immediately bought the rest of her books. The moment they arrived I dove right in and started reading Complicit and finished it within 24 hours. I loved Charm and Strange so I knew that Complicit had a lot to live up to but luckily I was...more
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
Quick & Dirty: An almost psychological thriller type read about two siblings who are so much more than they first appear to be.
Opening Sentence: My phone is ringing.
My first impression of Complicit was that it wasn’t as good as the other books about mental issues I’ve read of late. This is probably unfair given that I have read some pretty awesome books such as Bone Gap and Alice and the Fly, so it’s unfortunate for Complicit that the bar had al ...more
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
I try. I really do try. But it would be really nice if I don’t guess the outcome of every single mystery/thriller I read. From page one. Or, in Complicit’s case, all I had to do was read the jacket copy. Seriously, not even kidding. I read the back cover and knew what was going to happen.
Just once, I’d like to be wrong.
It’s not even like I had expectations about Complicit going in. I read no reviews, heard no ...more
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These are called nightmares.”
These are dream that hold our most private of truths.
These are the dreams that destinies are made of.”