*I was given an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Goodreads Synopsis – Illumen Hall is an elite boarding school. Tragedy strikes when the body of a student is discovered at their exclusive summer party – on her back is an elaborate tattoo of a magpie.
When new girl Audrey arrives the following term, running from her own secrets back home in America, she is thrown into solving the case. Despite her best efforts to avoid any drama, her new roomate Ivy was close to the murdered girl, and the two of them can’t help but get pulled in.
The two can’t stand each other, but as they are drawn deeper into the mystery of this strange and terrible murder, they will discover that something dangerous is at the heart of their superficially perfect school.
Welcome to The Magpie Society.
One for Sorrow will be told via the alternating first person perspective of the lead characters Audrey – written by Amy – and Ivy written by Zoe – with the narrative being jointly plotted by both authors.
My Thoughts – I was so excited when my wish on netgalley was granted for this book. I was looking forward to reading Zoe’s new book in collaboration with Amy after enjoying reading the girl online series. Murder mysteries aren’t my normal go-to books, but I do enjoy a murder mystery tv show so I thought I’d give it a go. I really enjoyed reading the book and at points I was gripped and couldn’t put the book down. Even though the chapters alternate between characters, and as a result writers, you can’t tell that they are written by different authors and it flows really well because of this. But you can tell that they are about different characters.
There are discussions about mental health and suicide alongside other important topics, so I would be wary of who you recommend the book to and ensure that reading the book will not trigger the reader.
I loved the friendships within the book, as a young adult, relationships with peers are key and important, so it was nice to see how these relationships changed depending on what happened within the book. I think the issues brought up in the book will be relatable to some readers and will help others realise that they are not alone in their struggles.
Like many books at the moment, it highlights the idea that you never know what someone is dealing with behind closed doors. We only know what someone decides to share with us.
I did feel that the ending was slightly rushed and the conclusion was reached too suddenly, which left me a little disappointed. But it did leave me with many questions that I’m sure will be answered in the sequel that will be out next year.