Book Review

REVIEW: A Trio Of Sophies

February 11, 2020
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A Trio Of Sophies Young Adult Thriller Penguin NZ Paperback 278 Pages

Secrets, lies and love.

Mystery and unsettling revelations keep up the suspense in this page-turning novel.

The last time I saw Sophie A, she was kissing James Bacon. She could have any guy she wanted, but she was kissing an English teacher who was eight years older than her.

Right back when Sophie MacKenzie started primary school, she was befriended by Sophie Twiggs and Sophie Abercrombie. Although they developed different interests, the threesome have stuck together through high school. But now Sophie Abercrombie is not just The prettiest Sophie, she is also The missing Sophie. As Sophie MacKenzie confides to her diary, Sophie A went missing sixty-four days ago and, despite police investigation, she has not been found.

The Trio of Sophies is no more.

My Thoughts:

This book is one of the more interesting formats I have encountered. First off it has two parts both told in Diary entries. The first part starts on Day 65 of Sophie A. being missing and goes in reverse chronological order. This was a very interesting way of telling the story as each event that we hear about in a shallow detached way that comes with time becomes rawer and fresher. At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about this style but as I got deeper into it, I fell into the rhythm a lot more.

Then we hit Part 2 of the book which starts on Day 66 and moves forward in time through in bigger chucks sometimes as much a 40 days going by. This is where we hit the real intense details of the story with secrets looking like they are finally coming to light. There are some serious topics in this novel the biggest one involving a sexual relationship between students and a teacher, and domestic violence/abusive relationships.

This was the first book I have read by Eileen Merriman, but it won’t be the last that’s for sure. Especially since I discovered she’s from my neighbourhood which is cool(Naenae for Lyfe). This was a gripping and intense tale of teenage girl manipulation, the extent of emotional abuse and the way it affects us and how only with some distance can we see how toxic relationships are.

The very last page of this book destroyed me, and I’m super mad that the author just ended the book like that! It was the perfect ending but still, I’m mad!

I give A Trio Of Sophies:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A Trio of Sophies by Eileen Merriman will be published on 3 March 2020 by Penguin Books. You can preorder your own copy at Mighty Ape, Whitcoulls, Booktopia, or wherever you like to purchase books.

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A Review Copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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1 Comment

  • Reply littlemissstar55 February 11, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    This book sounds really interesting. I love diary entry/epistolary sections in books.
    I’m glad you liked it! 💜

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