Review Time! Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma is a 2011 YA Debut, it’s got a killer cover so even without reading it you know it’s going to be a totally awesome book (I judge book but don’t judge me!). The blurb is actually very deceiving so read on to find out why! Thanks to Murdoch Australia for the review copy!
(Goodreads) Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.
But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.
The Short Story? – Another mind-bending psychological thriller with a supernatural touch! A phenomenal debut that will stay with you long after the very last page. A tale of two girls, a mystery that will leave your mind in a jumble and an ending you’ll never guess. Dark and engrossing, Imaginary Girls will keep you up late!
The Long Story? – The blurb is so deceiving, there is no way you could read it and then think ‘yep, it’s a psychological thriller’, I was thinking a murder mystery something more along the lines of Pretty Little Liars but wow, I was in for a surprise. Colour me shocked because with my expectations down the drain, I had no idea what to expect!
Psychological thriller is a new genre I’ve been reading more of lately. I guess the definition of it would be ‘mind-bending plot with some supernatural element that will leave you guessing’. Imaginary Girls fits the criteria perfectly but it was even more confusing than the standard psy-thriller. Honestly I couldn’t tell what was an illusion and what was reality throughout the novel. Psy-thrillers are meant to blur the line between reality and illusion but Ren Suma took it to a whole new level! Chilling, dark and mysterious, Imaginary will keep you guessing to the end! The novel had a great flow, it’s well-written and our protagonist has a fantastic narrative voice! For fans of Shift by Em Bailey and In the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane. This is the next big thing!
Without the characters, this novel would be nothing. Not in the literal sense but without the excellent character development I don’t think the novel would have been the same. Ruby, Chloe and London were the heart of the novel. The secrets between them are what kept the story going. Ruby is a complex character, she’s wild and I keep thinking that she’s not quite human. She’s got this amazing bewitching power over everyone yet she’s not entirely happy. Chloe lives to please Ruby yet she knows Ruby is nothing ordinary and a small part of her fears her sister. London is the problem, she’s the living dead girl, she’s the evidence of Ruby’s power and she’s what is mind-bending because she’s not even meant to be alive yet she is… A great cast of characters, well portrayed and developed!
Imaginary Girls is a novel about life, death and the thin line between the two. It’s about a summer and a sisterhood that changed everything. It’s about the living dead. This debut will leave your mind in knots and goose bumps on your arms. Chilling, dark and engrossing, Imaginary Girls is a phenomenal debut, both addicting and well-written, this one will leave you hanging on every single word. Colour yourself intrigued because this one is fantastic!
Rating – 4/5