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The Believing Game by Eireann Corrigan
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Dec 06, 2012

really liked it
Read from November 10 to 26, 2012

When Greer is caught shoplifting (again) her parents pack her up and send her to McCracken Hill, a reform school for troubled teens. Shoplifting is only one of Greer's vices (she also has a tendency to sleep around and has an eating disorder).To Greer, the move to McCracken Hill is all very annoying. She's not easily won over by the staff or the self-help chit chat that is supposed to be therapeutic and help her deal with her disorders. But then she meets Addison, ex-skinhead and drug and alcohol abuser with a very troubled past. Recently reformed and on his way to a better life, Addison attributes his life changes to his mentor -- a man named Joshua. At first glance, Joshua seems to be the perfect mentor -- kind, funny and peaceful. But soon Greer begins to notice things -- strange things -- about Joshua. He's obviously not what he appears to be. When Greer tells Addison about her mistrust in his mentor and that gets back to Joshua, it leads to all kinds of trouble for Greer. Soon, cleaning up her act is the least of Greer's worries.

This book was very well-written and full of all kinds of twists and turns. There are mind-games a plenty here and sometimes you never know who you can trust. It's definitely a pulse-pounder and will keep you turning the pages well past your bedtime.

Greer is a very unreliable narrator (and I love that). She's good at manipulation and getting her way, and seeing her struggle with this is interesting. I liked the dynamic between her and Addison, but it's the tension-filled plot between her and Joshua that drives the book. The mystery surrounding Joshua is very compelling and creepy.

The book moves at a quick pace, though there were a few times when I felt it stumbled a bit. While the ending felt like it fizzled a bit, this is still an interesting read and one I would recommend to fans of thrillers.

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