Weirdness abounds in this confounding debut
If I could assimilate the plot in a simple word, it would be…
reincarnation. Lives recycling into another but somehow staying the same. Physically, they’re different but their souls or their essences remain. They’re like aliens jacking up hosts and the switch was something kind of weird. It’s a story about a girl who woke up bludgeoned with no memories of who she was but knows where she needed to go. It was like an invisible string was tugging her until she got to where she needed to be. She finds her parents who had been searching for her, heartbroken and changed. Physically, she looked like their missing daughter but everything else seem wrong.
Throughout the book, Anneliese remembers bits and pieces – of her life, past lives and people. But one constant thing she was sure of was that she’s not who everyone thinks she is. Through these recollections, readers will appreciate the seemingly complex tangle of lives – and like a web, she’s in the centre of it all. But some readers will go on scratching their heads or will have to fight off the urge to write it all down on piece of paper. Admittedly, I belong in the latter. I had a difficult time making heads of tails of all the characters and timelines.
While I can appreciate the author’s knack for suspense and originality, I just didn’t enjoy it at all. Some books are written for specific readers and this one – I’m sure – is not meant for me. I’ve dabbled in mystery reads before but as much as I’d like to pretend I got this book’s penchant to shock and awe, I’m sorry to say, it only left me frustratingly confused.