ARC Review: 18 Months

18 Months18 Months by Samantha Boyette
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Release date: 13 December 2016

Alissa Reeves came out for Hannah Desarno. Hannah is smart, beautiful, and has just gone missing. Worse, she isn’t Alissa’s first girlfriend to disappear. Eighteen months ago, Alissa was caught kissing bad girl Lana Meyers. Too scared to admit her feelings for Lana, Alissa let her friends blame Lana. Weeks later when Lana disappeared, no one in their small town thought much of it until months later when her body was found.

With Hannah gone, Alissa finds herself following clues that will help her discover what happened to both girls, and the truth will change everything.

18 months is a mystery novel about the disappearances of Alissa’s girlfriends. Alissa’s last girlfriend was found dead after she ran away due to bullying caused by her (Alissa) rejection and refusal to come out. Now, her current girlfriend, who she came out for, is also missing, but the police refuse to think the cases are related. Alissa tries to piece together the events leading to Lana’s disappearance and murder in the hopes of recovering some clues towards Hannah. All she has are mysterious notes and her best friend Nick to go on.

18 months is pretty much a straightforward mystery, and doesn’t go about setting up much for that. There is a single plot twist, some diversions, but if you are paying attention, it is obvious what is going on. It screams revenge plot right from the start, and I pretty much guessed what was happening within the first third of the book. While the mystery isn’t that well-written, what was was the subtle homophobia Alissa faces at home and the outright bigotry she faces at school. She is constantly being nagged by her mother and discredited saying that she is going through a phase and all that. I liked that this part was actually relevant to the mystery plot, because it added to the complications a bit. The ending was pretty rushed, though, so I feel like the conclusion could have been written better. Overall, it is still a pretty good book, with only a few technical faults.

Received a free galley from Bold Strokes Books via Netgalley.

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