*is the past ever truly past?*
Noa has already been tried and convicted of murder by the time this story begins but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of drama ahead. Noa’s had a rough start in life, with a mother whose only focus was on her own happiness, a never-present father, and no sense of security. It never got much easier for her. A smart girl who graduated at the top of her high school class should have been able to make a better future -if only life hadn’t taken another tragic turn for Noa in her first college semester. Even when her father finally seeks her out, the unpleasant consequences seem to be all on Noa. Did she ever have a chance?
Noa tells her story in the first person and she is most unforgiving -to herself. It might seem as if Noa shouldn’t be likable *or* sympathetic, but how can you not want her to do what’s necessary to save herself?! The slow reveal of information from the past, and from even farther in the past, makes the present story more powerful. Once the whole picture has been painted? It is hard to forgive and forget what’s been done -to Noa. An absolute must read for readers who enjoy the exploration of characters from the deepest depths to the shiny surfaces.