She has everything she’s ever wanted. But not her memory…
When Chloe fell asleep in study hall, it was the middle of May. When she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can’t remember the last six months of her life.
Before, she’d been a mediocre student. Now, she’s on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he’s her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won’t speak to her.
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To say the least, SIX MONTHS LATER has a great mystery. Sure, the whole book is a little drawn out, but I loved the mystery here. For some reason, I kept on comparing it to the feel of Far From You by Tess Sharpe (maybe because that was the last hugely mystery based book that I’ve read…) but the mystery here was far better done than FAR FROM YOU. I do have to admit I cared more about the supporting characters in FAR FROM YOU than I did here, but I did like the main character in SIX MONTHS LATER more than in FAR FROM YOU.
When it came down to things like plotting and the whole memory loss scheme, the poor pacing brought the whole book down–but not too much. I did like the way that the plot unfolded and the way that I was able to clearly see just how broken Chloe’s life had become and how different it was. One thing about that–I really wished that her friendship with Maggie was focused on a little more around the time that they got back together, because I wanted to know a little more about them, why they broke up, why Maggie was so upset that even as an ex-best friend, she wouldn’t call back her old best friend the first time when she sounded so panicked and out of it.
And Maggie. I liked her, but I mean–the visual I had of her was the stuttering girl from Good Luck Charlie. Seriously. That’s not a good image to have.
I did like the ending though and I thought that Adam’s crucial role in this story not only as a love interest but also as a person and a friend was awesome to see. It made me enjoy his character even more. As for Blake though, I wished there was a better dynamic between him and Chloe. Even for a second I wished that Chloe could act like Blake is the guy she thinks he is, the guy of her dreams. She’s been crushing on this guy since forever and all of a sudden she has him and can’t even act like his girlfriend?
Other than the indifference and coldness when it came to Blake, I think that Richards did a good job with the whole memory loss scheme. I don’t think it was pulled off as cleanly as J.A. Sounders’s RENEGADE, but it was done well and I liked the fact that Chloe wasn’t alone in it and that she was able to tell a few people. I also appreciated that fact that she does eventually get her memory back and the reasons for losing it, as well as the suspense and mystery themes, were well-done, creepy and believable.
This mystery ties up nicely and there wasn’t anything spectacularly bad about it, which was nice to see and I enjoyed Richard’s writing. If anything, I wanted the pace cleaned up a little bit and made a bit faster, but overall this was a good read and a good mystery. I didn’t love the cover, but for those interested in reading it, it doesn’t disappoint. 3 stars.
pg count for the paperback: 323