Friday, December 6, 2019

The Argument - by Victoria Jenkins

©Victoria Jenkins
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Release Date: 12/10/19
As readers, Jenkins leads us to believe that this story is mostly about a dramatic teenager, a sulk gone too far. An argument and a typical teenage outburst of ‘I hate you. You’ve ruined my life. And I’m never speaking to you again.’ As a mother of three, I dread these words. Which mother wouldn't? We know the teenage years are coming, but can we ever truly be ready for them? Having read The Argument, I only wish this were the case for teenager Olivia and her little sister Rosie. Sadly, this couldn't be farther from the truth.

I enjoyed the mystery of the diary pages, the little snippets here and there leaving you guessing who wrote it. Was it teenaged Olivia? Or was it her mother, Hannah? Personally, I wasn't fond of Hannah's character from the get-go. I know I can be a strict mom from time to time, but Hannah always seemed to take it too far. Always assuming guilt for reasons unrevealed until the latter part of the book. Additionally, I would have loved a chapter dedicated to Rosie and her journey; in the end, I feel like that would have tied everything together nicely, giving the reader a perspective from a much younger mindset. All-in-all everything came together quite well with enough backstory to provide an understanding of the characters - not an agreement by any means, but at least an eye-opener into particular sick and twisted, misguided minds.

More times then not, I can usually guess the ending or 'twist,' this time, however, I did not see it coming! I was able to figure out one of the reveals regarding Olivia's parentage, but that twist was something else. For the first almost three-quarters of the book, it felt like I was reading a family drama. I knew there was supposed to be a twist at the end, something psychological, but going in, I had no idea just how fast-paced and truly shocking the last quarter would play out! I commend Victoria Jenkins for throwing me for a loop, dragging me along only to leave me utterly jaw-dropped!

I enjoyed The Argument, I liked trying to figure out exactly where it was going. I rated it four-stars. I would happily recommend this book to anyone looking for a family drama mixed with psychological thriller because let's face it - that last quarter was a pure psychological thrill! Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and the author Victoria Jenkins for providing me with an advanced reader copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

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