2.5 Stars. I had high hopes for this book. It sounded really dark and interesting but ultimately it let me down a bit. The book opens with a promise that I won't spoil but it then takes a long time to get to it. While I felt for Ames at first, I had a hard time connecting to her and her situation because the story is told in hindsight, after the fact and so moments that could have had tension and built an emotional connection fell sort of flat. Something would happen and Ames would explain it rather than just letting it unfold. Ultimately, I felt left out. Ames went through this harrowing experience and learned from it, but I didn't get to because she was telling it from a distance.
I did think that Ames' falling under Marc's spell was well done and mostly believable. Marc was a very creepy predator. The sudden change in her parents while I suppose it was possible it felt really abrupt and sort of over the top. And the entire ending felt rushed and sort of hard to believe which was disappointing after such a promising opening and how long it took to get there.
This book provides an interesting look into the way even the most perfect lives can fall apart quickly and how letting small things go can lead you into situations you never expect. The way things unfold is well thought out, I just wish I could've experienced it "in the moment" instead of after the fact. I think that would have taken this book from okay, to really good for me.