Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Book in Review: The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab

The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab
Published by Merit Press, 2012

Ariel's birthday weekend looks to be the event of the season, with a private concert by rock star Hudson Winters on the grounds of her family's east coast estate, and all of Ariel's elite prep school friends in attendance. The only person who's dreading the party is Sera, Ariel's former best friend, whose father is forcing her to go. Sera has been the school pariah since she betrayed Ariel, and she now avoids Ariel and their former friends. Thrown together, Ariel and Sera can agree on one thing: this could be one very long night.

They have no idea just how right they are.

Only moments after the concert begins and the lights go down, thugs open fire on parents and schoolmates alike, in a plot against Ariel's father that quickly spins out of control. As the entire party is taken hostage, the girls are forced apart. Ariel escapes into the hidden tunnels in the family mansion, where she and Sera played as children. Only Sera, who forges an unlikely alliance with Hudson Winters, knows where her friend could be. As the industrial terrorist plot unravels and the death toll climbs, Ariel and Sera must recall the sisterhood that once sustained them as they try to save themselves and each other on the longest night of their lives.

Why I Read This:

It sounded like a neat idea and a thrilling book.

What I Thought:

This was a very entertaining book with lots of clandestine adventures and a little bit of real world drama too.

The Girl in the Wall alternates point-of-view between both Ariel and Sera. Opening with Sera, we find out that the two girls have been astranged, though Sera is being forced to attend Ariel's birthday party. When she gets there she finds some things a bit strange but figures everything is all fine. Well, it's not. The night turns into a killing spree and hostage situation very fast.

Knowing she is in danger, Ariel quickly hides in the hidden passageway in the walls of the house. But now her father is dead and the man in charge needs her to fufill his evil plans. Only Sera knows about the hidden passageways. With the help of a famous rock star, Ariel's gardener, and her entire party, they attempt to overthrow the people holding them hostage before it's too late.

I enjoyed the alternating points of view very much. I liked seeing things from Sera's perspective and then finding out how Ariel felt about the same thing. For example, the story tries to tackle what happened between the two to break up their friendship. There are also two semi-love stories. I say semi because it is a hostage situation and though the two girls are each falling for someone there really is no chance for them to really get to know the guys.

There were some things I found a bit unrealistic, even for action-adenture standards. My biggest concern was the ending where police officers just let Ariel walk around her house and basically boss them around. I can't imagine any cop letting someone do that. Then she even opens a body bag and takes something out of the guys' pocket without anyone stopping her. Hello? Evidence! Crime scene! Okay, it really wasn't that bad, if you are looking to be entertained here.

This book is definitely entertaining. It's full of action, but not too much that it bogs down the actual story. It also has romance, friendship, and tackles serious issues like death and self-harm. It's most definitely a story I haven't read before, which sometimes is hard to find when you've read a lot of books.

One last thing - If you read this book you will be cheering on these people and having lots of fun when the bad guys finally get what's coming to them! I loved the inventive ways that everyone came up with to disable the people holding them hostage.

My Rating:

Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book from Merit Press via Netgalley.

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  1. This book sounds like so much fun!

  2. Sounds like a very interesting read. It's a very unique idea!

  3. I had really similar feelings about this book as you-fun story but with some realism problems.

  4. Yes, I agree with most of what you said. It was entertaining, and it told a really action-packed story. I liked that there were actual consequences in the book... it would have been really fake if it had been HEA for every single character. Tough to read about at times, but an interesting enough plot.