Review: Conspiracy Girl By Sarah Alderson

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Title: Conspiracy Girl
Author: Sarah Alderson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Publication Date: Feb 2015
Rating: 5/5
Synopsis from Goodreads
Everybody knows about the Cooper Killings – the Bel Air home invasion that rocked the nation.
There was only one survivor – a sixteen year-old girl.
And though the killers were caught they walked free.
Now eighteen, Nic Preston – the girl who survived – is trying hard to rebuild her life. She’s security conscious to the point of paranoia and her only friend is a French Mastiff bulldog, but she’s making progress. She’s started college in New York and has even begun dating.
But then one night her apartment is broken into and the life Nic’s worked so hard to create is shattered in an instant.
Finn Carter – hacker, rule breaker, player – is the last person Nic ever wants to see again. He’s the reason her mother’s killers walked free from court. But as the people hunting her close in, Nic has to accept that her best and possibly only chance of staying alive is by keeping close to Finn and learning to trust the person she’s sworn to hate.
Fleeing across a snowbound New England, frantically trying to uncover the motive behind the murders, Nic and Finn come to realize the conspiracy is bigger than they could ever have suspected. But the closer they get to the truth and the closer they get to each other, the greater the danger becomes.
To survive she has to stay close to him.
To keep her safe he has to keep his distance.
I have to start by saying that the plot twist literally blew my mind, it was so unexpected and utterly brilliant.
Conspiracy Girl centres around Nic, the sole survivor of the horrific and brutal murder of her family. Two years later Nic is still living in fear, the perpetrators of the death of her family have yet to be apprehended. Nic is convinced they will track her down to finish the job they started that fateful night. Following a break-in at her apartment, Nic decides she has had enough of living her life ruled by the panic she can’t discard. It is time to take control, find the murderers and bring them to justice. She joins forces with a hacker called Finn. Together they set about uncovering the truth.
The dual narrative adds insight and understanding to both Finn and Nic as well as their interactions. It is Nic’s character that undergoes the most growth throughout the narrative. Nic is a strong character, a born survivor if you will. Understandably, she has some major trust issues, Finn has to work hard to get past her barriers and earn her trust. I really liked Finn, he is your quintessential ‘good guy’, funny, protective and loyal. Although I liked their dynamic I felt the way it was portrayed made me feel disconnected to their relationship. One of the case of ‘told’ as opposed to ‘shown’ within the plot.
Conspiracy Girl is an amazing story that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster while simultaneously maintaining an edge of your seat tension. It’s an emotional thrill ride 😉

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